West High School (Utah)

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West High School-Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City, Utah
Coordinates 40°46′29″N 111°54′02″W / 40.77472°N 111.90056°W / 40.77472; -111.90056Coordinates: 40°46′29″N 111°54′02″W / 40.77472°N 111.90056°W / 40.77472; -111.90056
Type Public secondary
Established 1890
Oversight Salt Lake City School District (SLCSD)
Principal Ford White
Grades 9–12 (7-8 for ELP)
Number of students 2,840 (2017-2018)
Color(s) Red and black
Athletics conference Big 8
Mascot Panther
Newspaper The Red & Black
West High School, view of the main entrance from 300 West

West High School is the oldest public high school in the U.S. state of Utah. It was founded in 1890, and it is part of the Salt Lake City School District.[1] Its original name was Salt Lake High. The school colors are red and black and the school mascot is a panther. It has a current enrollment of 2,840.


West High is located in Salt Lake City, close to downtown, at 241 North 300 West. The historical structure still functions as the school's main building, and has undergone major restorations. It is surrounded by newer buildings, and the newly updated stadium. West High is easily accessible because it is three blocks away from the UTA TRAX line (Salt Lake valley's light rail system) and close to the Gateway Mall. Several films have been filmed at West High and it has been noted in the History Channel's Gangland TV series.[clarification needed][why?]


Fostering skills in engineering, leadership, and teamwork in all its members through the process of creating a competitive and innovative robot. The team strives to be competitive while remaining gracious, recognizing that competition is mutually beneficial to all the competitors in the FIRST Robotics Competition and the FIRST Tech Challenge. The team also focuses upon innovation, respect to each other and our competitors, and giving back to our community. Many of our robotics participants are admitted into, or are noticed by colleges. West's Robotics teams include: Team 3006, Elevated Engineering, Robo Raptors, and Black Ice Robotics.


West High hosts the state's longest running International Baccalaureate program and offers most Advanced Placement classes. West High consistently produces National Merit Scholars, and the top percentage of students are regularly accepted to the nation's top universities, including Harvard, Duke University, Princeton University, UC Berkeley, and Stanford. The school also receives state- and nationwide recognition for its Science Olympiad teams, outstanding debate program (ranked as one of the top 40 teams in the country), its Model United Nations program (ranked in the top 15 in the National High School Model United Nations competition), its DECA program (individual students consistently ranking in the top 10 in the International DECA competition), its chess team (consistent state champions), its math and science teams (consistent state champions), its vast array of clubs, and its gifted teachers.

The Supervisory Departments are the following: Community Education, CTE, ELP/AP/IB, ESL/Reading, Family Involvement, Fine Arts, Guidance, Health, Media, PE, Navy JROTC, Science, Social Sciences, Special Education, and World Languages.


West High students participate at state tournaments in the following sports, according to the season:

  • Fall sports: cross country, football, boys' golf, soccer (girls'), tennis (girls'), volleyball
  • Winter sports: basketball (boys'), basketball (girls'), wrestling, swimming
  • Spring sports: lacrosse, baseball, soccer, softball, tennis (boys'), track, girls' golf

West High has won 21 state football championships 1898-1992 and hold many records in football. Many players and coaches have gone on to major sports programs.

West's boys' basketball team beat Provo high school in the 2009 state championship game, ending Provo's 40 game win streak and earning West High its first championship since 1975.

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