Wayzata High School

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Wayzata High School
"Trojan Head" Logo
Character and Scholarship for Life
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
Type Public
Established 1857
School district Wayzata School District
Principal Scott Gengler
Enrollment ~3300[1] (2013-2014)
Athletics conference Lake Conference
Team name Trojans
Rivals Edina High School, Eden Prairie High School
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 3160 students in grades 9 to 12 (2015),[2] making it the largest secondary school by enrollment 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 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.[4]


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.[5]

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.[5]

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.[6]


As of the 2012-2013 school year, Wayzata High School offers 26 Advanced Placement classes and 1 Advanced Placement Pilot course (AP Accounting).[7]

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.[8]


Several students from Wayzata have been selected as Minnesota's representatives for the United States Presidential Scholars Program program.[9][10][11]

Extracurricular activities[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:


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


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


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

Girl's 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 8 1992, 1993, 2000, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2014
Cross Country, Girls 2 2012, 2013, 2014
Swimming, Girls 1 2013, 2014
Soccer, Girls 7 1991, 1996, 2000, 2002, 2009, 2011, 2012
Winter Basketball, Boys 1 1959
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 9 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Tennis, Boys 4 1993, 1999, 2013, 2014
Track and Field, Boys 6 1977, 1980, 1984, 1995, 2012, 2015
Track and Field, Girls 1 2007
Adapted Bowling 4 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
Total 68 [13][14][15]

Clubs and activities[edit]

Wayzata High School recognizes the following student clubs and activities:[16]

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. It is open only to individuals who enroll in debate class.[17]

Wayzata's quiz bowl team won both the NAQT Minnesota State Championship and Minnesota High School Quiz Bowl League in 2012 and 2013.[18]

The 9th grade Knowledge Master Open team won the national spring KMO in the 9th grade division in 2009.[19]

Notable people and alumni[edit]



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