West Mecklenburg High School

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West Mecklenburg High School
Charlotte, North Carolina
Type Public
Established 1951
School district Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
Principal Mr. Casey Jones
Staff 165
Enrollment 2,158
Mascot Hawks

West Mecklenburg High School, colloquially known as West Meck is a high school located in Charlotte, North Carolina. It is part of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System and was opened in 1951. The sports teams are known as the Hawks. Besides providing the standard state-mandated high school curriculum, the school also hosts several programs designed for advanced study, including the Academy for Medical Science, the Academy for Tourism and Travel, and Academy of International Languages.

Upon opening in 1951, the school's original mascot was known as the West Meck Indian. The yearbook correlated the same theme by being known as "The Tomahawk" which it is still called to this day (09/2010).

Notable alumni and administrators[edit]

  • Chad Tracy - Retired Major League Baseball third baseman.[citation needed]
  • Robert Montgomery - Mr. Montgomery (class of 1980) became the Senior Deputy Attorney General for the State of North Carolina in March 2014.[1] In October 2014 Mr Montgomery argued the case "Heien vs North Carolina" before the United States Supreme Court.[2] The US Supreme Court in December 2014 ruled 8-1 in favor of the position of the State of North Carolina, represented by Mr. Montgomery.[3] Mr. Montgomery is also an Adjunct Professor at the Campbell University School of Law.[4]
  • Ellen Jo Graham Foster - Assistant principal at West Mecklenburg for 24 years during the West Mecklenburg Indians years, primarily in the 50's and 60's, served with honor and distinction as a member of the North Carolina House of Representatives for 10 terms between 1973 and 1992; [5]
  • Tommy Helms - 1958 graduate and former member of West Mecklenburg Indians baseball team, became All Star infielder for the Cincinnati Reds and other teams.


Rugby: Won the Division I State Championships defeating previous champions East Mecklenburg High School 25-12 in the finals and crushed Providence High School 32-12.


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Coordinates: 35°14′51″N 80°57′09″W / 35.2475°N 80.9524°W / 35.2475; -80.9524