West High School (Utah)
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|West High School-Salt Lake City|
|Salt Lake City, Utah
|Oversight||Salt Lake City School District (SLCSD)|
|Principal||Paul S. Sagers|
|Grades||9–12 (7-8 for ELP)|
|Number of students||2,559 (2010-2011)|
|Color(s)||Red and black|
|Athletics conference||Big 8|
|Newspaper||The Red & Black|
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. 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 2,559.
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?]
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.
- Clayton Christensen, Harvard Business School professor and bestselling author
- Tony Finau, PGA golfer
- Shannon Hale, Class of 1992, young adult author
- Earl Holding owner of Sinclair Oil
- Larry H. Miller, prominent businessman, former owner of the Utah Jazz
- Thomas S. Monson, President of the LDS Church
- Dick Nemelka, former ABA basketball player
- Aldo Richins, football player
- Harold W. Ross, founder of The New Yorker magazine
- George Von Elm, prominent golfer in 1920s and 1930s
- Dan Wells, horror and young adult author
- Robison Wells, young adult author
- D. Frank Wilkins, Utah Supreme Court Justice
- Mark Willes, CEO of the LA Times and General Mills