Wayzata High School

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Wayzata High School
"Trojan Head" Logo
Address
4955 Peony Lane
Plymouth, Minnesota, Hennepin County 55446
United States
Coordinates 45°2′44″N 93°30′35″W / 45.04556°N 93.50972°W / 45.04556; -93.50972Coordinates: 45°2′44″N 93°30′35″W / 45.04556°N 93.50972°W / 45.04556; -93.50972
Information
Type Public
Motto "We're Here For You"
Established 1857
School district Wayzata School District
Principal Scott Gengler
Enrollment 3429 (2016-2017)
Color(s) Royal blue and Gold          
Athletics conference Lake Conference
Team name Trojans
Rivals Edina High School, Eden Prairie High School
Website
Aerial view of Wayzata High School

Wayzata High School is located in Plymouth, Minnesota, a suburb of Minneapolis-St. Paul. The high school, operated by the Wayzata School District, has approximately 3400+ students in grades 9 to 12 (2016),[1] making it the largest secondary school by enrollment in Minnesota. It is also the largest Minnesota secondary school by area, with an interior of 487,000 square feet (45,200 m2).[2] The district boundaries include all or part of eight municipalities: Corcoran, Maple Grove, Medicine Lake, Medina, Minnetonka, Orono, Plymouth and Wayzata.[3] The school is currently in the midst of an expansion project, with projected capacity of 3900. The school is part of the Lake Conference. Scott Gengler is the Prinicpal.

In 2015, Newsweek ranked the school at 150th on its "List of the 500 Top High Schools in America".[4] U.S. News and World Report ranked the school at #738 among 21,000 schools nationally and #13 in Minnesota.[5]

History[edit]

The first school in the Wayzata area was established in around 1855. Classes were taught in homes until a one-room school was built near what is now the second green of the Wayzata Country Club. This school burned down for unknown reasons and a new school was constructed on what is now the main street of Wayzata.[6]

What is now the West and Central middle schools have both once been the high school building. The West Middle School building served as the high school from 1940 to 1960. Central Middle School's campus was home to the high school from 1960 to 1997. The current Wayzata High School campus was completed in 1997 and classes began in the 1997-98 school year.[6]

On February 25, 2014, voters approved a referendum for a $109 million bond request to expand the high school and improve security and technology. Part of the provisions include the purchasing of adjacent land currently belonging to the Elm Creek Golf Course and the building of a new wing. Construction is expected to begin in fall 2014 and last for two years.[7]

Academics[edit]

As of the 2015-2016 school year, Wayzata High School offers 24 Advanced Placement classes and 1 Advanced Placement Pilot course (AP Accounting).[8]

The school also serves host to the Minnesota PSEO program, offering students of 10th, 11th, and 12th grade to receive college credit during their high school years.[9]

Wayzata High School has consistently exceeded the state and national average scores on the ACT.[10]

In 2014, the school began a district-wide technology program which issued each student a district-owned iPad.[11]

At the start of the 2016-2017 school year, the school started a new support block called myTime. It is designed to meet the academic needs of students during the school day. During this time, students will receive academic support, participate in relearning, make up labs or tests and quizzes, study quietly and collaborate with classmates on group projects. Students can be assigned by a teacher(s)that may need reteaching or assistance in making up missing work. If they are not assigned they can self-select, meaning that they can select where and what to work on during myTime. The block is 35 minutes and takes place between 1st and 2nd period.

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Athletics[edit]

Wayzata is part of the Lake Conference and in the Minnesota State High School League. Wayzata was in the Classic Lake Conference prior to the 2010-2011 athletic year. The following sports teams are sponsored by the school:

Girls' cross country won the Nike NXN National Cross Country Championship in 2013.[12]

Season Sport Number of Championships Year
Fall Football 3 2005, 2008, 2010
Soccer, Boys' 2 1985, 2005
Cross Country, Boys' 9 1992, 1993, 2000, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2016
Cross Country, Girls' 3 2012, 2013, 2014
Swimming, Girls' 3 2013, 2014, 2015
Soccer, Girls' 7 1991, 1996, 2000, 2002, 2009, 2011, 2012
Winter Basketball, Boys' 1 1959
Hockey, Boys' 1 2016
Wrestling 4 1941, 1951, 1952, 1953
Dance Team 6 1993, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012
Skiing, Nordic Girls' 3 1980, 2013, 2014, 2015
Swimming, Boys' 1 2014
Spring Golf, Boys' 6 1994, 1998, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2015
Golf, Girls' 1 2011
Synchronized Swimming 10 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
Tennis, Boys' 4 1993, 1999, 2013, 2014
Track and Field, Boys' 7 1977, 1980, 1984, 1995, 2012, 2015, 2016
Track and Field, Girls' 1 2007
Adapted Bowling 4 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
Total 73 [13][14][15]

Clubs and activities[edit]

Wayzata's quiz bowl team won both the NAQT Minnesota State Championship and Minnesota High School Quiz Bowl League in 2012 and 2013.[16]

The 9th grade Knowledge Master Open team won the national spring KMO in the 9th grade division in 2009.[17]

The school's newspaper is the Trojan Tribune. Students in journalism and video production classes produce the school's daily news show, Wayzata Newsbreak, a ten-minute block between first and second period. The show features daily school announcements, school and national sports, and local and national news.

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