West Forsyth High School (North Carolina)

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West Forsyth High School
1735 Lewisville-Clemmons Road


School typePublic
MottoWest is Best!
School boardWinston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools
School number(336) 712-4400
PrincipalCharles A. McAninch[1]
Enrollment2,257 (2015-16)[2]
LanguageEnglish (with a Spanish ESL program)
Hours in school day8:55 to 3:40
Color(s)Green and Gold
MascotIron gargoyle
Team nameTitans

West Forsyth High School is a high school in the piedmont region of North Carolina.


West Forsyth is located in Clemmons, a small suburb of Winston-Salem. Located between Interstate 40 and U.S. Route 421, the school mainly serves students of Clemmons with some students from Lewisville and Winston-Salem.

West Forsyth consistently scores highly on standardized tests. In 2007, it was ranked 356th in the Newsweek Top 1000 Best Schools in America.[3] For the 2009–2010 school year, West Forsyth was the highest scoring high school in the county. It was also one of 13 North Carolina high schools in 2009 to receive the distinction of Honor School of Excellence due to high achievement on standardized tests.

At West Forsyth High, students have the opportunity to take Advanced Placement course work and exams. The AP participation rate at West Forsyth High is 57 percent.

The student body is 50 percent male and 50 percent female, and the total minority enrollment is 37 percent.

West Forsyth High is one of 18 high schools in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools.[4]


West Forsyth was built in 1964 after the merger of the Winston-Salem School District and Forsyth County School District. It originally served as the new home for students of Southwest High School (now Southwest Elementary), which is located within walking distance from the campus.

In the beginning, only six buildings existed at West (100–600). The early 1970s brought several new additions, including the track, football stadium, and tennis courts. Five more buildings have been also been built. The 700 and 900 buildings were constructed in the early 1980s. The Harold B. Simpson Gymnasium, named after West's first principal, was also built during that time. The 1000 building, the only two-story building on campus, was constructed last, in the late 1990s. A new auditorium (Performing Arts Center) was constructed, replacing the old auditorium in the 600 building, which is now the band room. The 100, 200, 300, 400, and 500 buildings have been remodeled. Two PODS have been put in place as well, which house the school's Army JROTC program. The total budget for the overall upgrading of the facility was $10.5 million.


West Forsyth is a member of the 4A Central Piedmont Conference (CPC). The CPC features many of West's rivals, including R.J. Reynolds, Davie County, and Robert B. Glenn High School; and its main rivals, East Forsyth High School and Reagan High School.

West Forsyth is known for their powerhouse wrestling team, two-time NCHSAA undefeated state dual champions.[citation needed]


Extracurricular activities[edit]

West Forsyth's music programs include chorus, orchestra and band classes. In choral music, West Forsyth's Concert Choir has received a superior rating at the North Carolina Music Educators Association State Festival every year for the past nine years.[citation needed]

In February 2017 the West Forsyth Army JROTC program scored a 99.5/100 on an inspection held every four years. This was among the highest scores in the entire country.

Notable alumni[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ https://www.wsfcs.k12.nc.us/domain/1444
  2. ^ "West Forsyth High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved November 28, 2018.
  3. ^ http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18757087/site/newsweek/?GT1=9951
  4. ^ "How Does West Forsyth High Rank Among America's Best High Schools?" U.S. News & World Report. Accessed 15 September 2017.
  5. ^ "Conferences." North Carolina High School Athletic Association. Designhammer. Website. 15 September 2017.
  6. ^ https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/b/barnhno01.html. Basketball Reference. Retrieved 20 November 2018.
  7. ^ "Chris Paul". Basketball-Reference.Com. Retrieved November 15, 2012.

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