Wayzata High School

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Wayzata High School
"Trojan Head" Logo
Character and Scholarship for Life
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
Established 1857
School district Wayzata School District
Principal Scott Gengler
Enrollment ~3300[1] (2013-2014)
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 3300 students in grades 9 to 12 (2016),[2] making it the largest secondary school by enrolment in Minnesota. It is also the largest Minnesota secondary school by structural size, with an interior of 487,000 square feet (45,200 m2).[3] The district boundaries include all or part of eight municipalities: Corcoran, Maple Grove, Medicine Lake, Medina, Minnetonka, Orono, Plymouth and Wayzata.[4] The school is currently in the midst of an expansion project, with projected capacity of 3900. The school is part of the Lake Conference. Its current principal is Scott Gengler, who succeeded Mike Trewick in the position in fall 2015.

In 2015, Newsweek ranked the school at 150th on its List of the 500 Top High Schools in America.[5] U.S. News and World Report ranked the school at #738 nationally and #13 in Minnesota from over 21,000 schools surveyed.[6]

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.[7]

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.[7]

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.[8]

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).[9]

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.[10]

Wayzata High School has consistently exceeded the state and national average scores on the ACT.[11]

In 2014, the school began a district-wide technology program which issued each student a district-owned iPad.[12]

Awards[edit]

Several students from Wayzata have been selected as Minnesota's representatives for the United States Presidential Scholars Program.[13][14][15]

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:

Fall

  • Cheer Team
  • Cross Country Running, Girls'
  • Cross Country Running, Boys'
  • Football
  • Soccer, Girls'
  • Soccer, Boys'
  • Swim and Dive, Girls'
  • Tennis, Girls'
  • Volleyball, Girls'

Winter

  • Alpine Ski Racing
  • Basketball, Boys'
  • Basketball, Girls'
  • Cheer Team
  • Dance Team
  • Gymnastics
  • Hockey, Boys'
  • Hockey, Girls'
  • Nordic Ski Racing
  • Swim and Dive, Boys'
  • Wrestling

Spring

  • Baseball
  • Golf, Boys'
  • Golf, Girls'
  • Lacrosse, Boys'
  • Lacrosse, Girls'
  • Softball
  • Synchronized Swimming
  • Tennis, Boys'
  • Track and Field, Boys'
  • Track and Field, Girls'

Girls' Cross Country won the Nike NXN National Cross Country Championship in 2013.[16]

The hockey team claimed their first state title in 2016, beating rival school, Eden Prairie.[17]

Season Sport Number of Championships Year
Fall Football 3 2005, 2008, 2010
Soccer, Boys' 2 1985, 2005
Cross Country, Boys' 8 1992, 1993, 2000, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2014
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 72 [18][19][20]

Clubs and activities[edit]

Wayzata High School recognizes the following student clubs and activities:[21]

Competitive Clubs

Creative Arts Clubs

  • Art Club
  • Creative Writing Club
  • Drama Club
  • News Break
  • Photography Club
  • Showstoppers
  • Trojan Tribune
  • TV Production Club
  • Yearbook
  • Interpretive Dance Club

Language and Travel Clubs

  • Chinese Club
  • French Club
  • German Club
  • German Exchange
  • International Club
  • Spanish Club

Miscellaneous Clubs

  • Amnesty International
  • JSA

Service Clubs

Wayzata's debate team competes in policy debate tournaments across the state and country. They have been very successful on the state and national level. The debate team has reached the state-level championships for both varsity and junior varsity levels. Additionally, the Wayzata Debate Team has qualified for some of the most prestigious national tournaments such as the Tournament of Champions held in Lexington, Kentucky and the National Forensic League Nationals. The current head coach is Sheila Peterson who previously led the Edina Debate Team to high levels of success.[22] It is open only to individuals who enrol in debate class.[23]

Wayzata's quiz bowl team won both the NAQT Minnesota State Championship and Minnesota High School Quiz Bowl League in 2012 and 2013.[24]

The 9th grade Knowledge Master Open team won the national spring KMO in the 9th grade division in 2009.[25]

A member of the Chess Club won the national high school chess tournament in April 2016. With 3 seconds left, tenth grader Andrew Tang beat the buzzer to create a 6-way tie. He was playing the tournament leader, who had won all six games up to that point and needed to hold a draw in the last game to secure sole first place. Tang needed to win to claim a share of first place.

Notable people and alumni[edit]

Politicians[edit]

Athletes[edit]

Entertainment and music[edit]

Faculty[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Guidance and Counseling / High School Profile". 
  2. ^ http://www.wayzata.k12.mn.us/Page/5926#sthash.DtCctk1P.dpuf
  3. ^ Wayzata High School Construction[dead link]
  4. ^ http://www.wayzata.k12.mn.us/Page/5926#sthash.DtCctk1P.dpuf
  5. ^ "America's Best High Schools 2015". The complete list of the 1,000 top U.S. schools. Newsweek. 2015. 
  6. ^ http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/minnesota/districts/wayzata-public-school-district/wayzata-high-11166
  7. ^ a b District Facts and History
  8. ^ "Referendum". 
  9. ^ "Wayzata High School -- Curriculum". 
  10. ^ "Guidance and Counseling / PSEO and Advanced Placement". www.wayzata.k12.mn.us. Retrieved 2015-10-02. 
  11. ^ http://www.wayzata.k12.mn.us/Page/881
  12. ^ "iPads for all in Wayzata Schools |". sailor.mnsun.com. Retrieved 2016-04-25. 
  13. ^ Jason Jenkins (May 20, 2014). "WHS senior, Wayzata resident named U.S. Presidential Scholars". SunSailor. Retrieved June 28, 2014. 
  14. ^ "National Merit Scholar Duligur Ibeling is Heading to Harvard". Lake Minnetonka Magazine. Tiger Oak Media. Retrieved June 28, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Presidential Scholars 2011". presidentialscholar.net. 
  16. ^ NikeCrossNationals.com - Nike Cross Nationals Official Site - NXN - Results - 2013 NXN Results
  17. ^ http://www.kare11.com/sports/high-school/wayzata-beats-eden-praririe-5-3-for-first-boys-hockey-title/70306577.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  18. ^ "State Championships". 
  19. ^ "MNSHSL". Retrieved 2 November 2013. 
  20. ^ "Minus one shoe, Richfield's Ali runs to victory". StarTribune. 
  21. ^ "Clubs". 
  22. ^ "Speech / Debate". www.wayzata.k12.mn.us. Retrieved 2016-04-24. 
  23. ^ Wayzata High School course selection. 
  24. ^ "Wayzata High School Tournament Results". NAQT. 
  25. ^ "Announcements for Tuesday, December 11, 2012". 
  26. ^ Amy Klobuchar reference Archived August 11, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  27. ^ "Gaither, David C."
  28. ^ Ben Hamilton reference
  29. ^ Seattle Seahawks
  30. ^ James Laurinaitis reference
  31. ^ "Getting schooled by Lil' Lumpy"
  32. ^ Mario Lucia Bio - UND.COM - University of Notre Dame Official Athletic Site
  33. ^ Benjamin Salisbury
  34. ^ Kirsten Gronfield - IMDb

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