West High School (Sioux City, Iowa)

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West High School
2001 Casselman St
Sioux City, Iowa 51103
United States
Coordinates 42°30′39″N 96°26′49″W / 42.51083°N 96.44694°W / 42.51083; -96.44694Coordinates: 42°30′39″N 96°26′49″W / 42.51083°N 96.44694°W / 42.51083; -96.44694
School type Public, Secondary
Established 1972
School district Sioux City School District
Superintendent Paul R. Gausman
Principal Scott Cole
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1,404
Student to teacher ratio 16:1
Campus type Suburban
Color(s) Green and White
Mascot Wolverines
Information (712) 279-6772

West High School (commonly West, West High, or WHS) is a public secondary school located in Sioux City, Iowa with an enrollment of approximately 1,404 students. The school is a part of the Sioux City School District and is one of three public high schools in Sioux City.


West High School first opened its doors in 1972. Also in 1972, Sioux City's North High School opened, and a new building for Sioux City East High School opened. North High School and West High School replaced Sioux City's first high school, Central High (named Sioux City High School until the opening of East High School in 1918) which opened in 1892.

In 2000, West High's feeder middle school, West Middle School began construction of a new building directly west of West High School, which opened in January 2002. Unlike West High School, West Middle School opened in its original building in 1918. Due to construction of West Middle School, the track, baseball, and softball fields had to be moved and replaced, in order to make room for the new West Middle School.

On October 25, 2008, Sarah Palin (Vice-Presidential candidate for John McCain) held a rally in the school gym for the 2008 United States presidential election.[1]

In October 2009. construction began on an expansion to the school building for 10 new brand new science classrooms. The expansion is directly integrating into to the main academic classroom on the south side, towards the east end of the building. Similar to the original construction, Sioux City's East and North High schools also had new science wings, and are nearly identical in function and size. West High's science classes began on March 7, 2011 in the new addition.

West High was named the 2010 School of Character by Character Counts of Iowa.

In September 2011 the school's lunchroom "The Den" was opened.

In 2011, West High became a recipient of Iowa's Safe and Supportive Schools grant. Funds from this were used to improve the school.

Athletics and arts[edit]

Former West High basketball standout Kirk Hinrich, current Chicago Bulls point guard, graduated in 1999. That year, the West High School basketball team won the Iowa State Basketball Championship. In 2009, the West High School basketball team competed for a spot in the Iowa State Championship for the first time since 1999. They lost to Sioux City East High School.

From 2007-2011, the West High School jazz band competed for state jazz championship at the Iowa Jazz Championships in Des Moines, IA. They received 7th place in Class 4A in 2007. In 2015, the West High School Marching Band earned 1st place in class 2A at the Quad State Marching Competition in Vermillion. They also won Best Music, Best Color guard, and Best Visual Design.

As of 2009, the West High dance squad has entered in 136 competition routines at the Iowa Contest and has placed 1st 104 times, 2nd 24 times, 3rd 7 times, and 4th 1 time.


  1. ^ Dschabner (25 October 2008). "Palin Warns Democrats Would Have 'Unchecked Power'". ABC News. Retrieved 15 November 2011. 

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