Western School of Technology and Environmental Science
|Western School of Technology and Environmental Science|
Seal of Western School of Tech
|100 Kenwood Avenue
|Motto||"Respect the Tech"|
|Patron saint(s)||Home of the Wolverines|
|School district||Baltimore County Public Schools|
|Superintendent||Dr. S. Dallas Dance|
|Principal||Murray "Buddy" Parker III|
|Staff||Harris, Tiffany M. (Asst. Principal)
Patras, Michele L. (Asst. Principal)
|Average class size||24|
|Sports||Soccer, Football, Basketball, Lacrosse, Volleyball, Baseball|
|Team name||Western Wolverines|
|Alumni||Domonique Foxworth, Khari Lee, Jordan Lawson, James Davis III|
Western School of Technology and Environmental Science, also known as WSTES or Western Tech, is a public magnet high school in Catonsville, Maryland. The school's main focuses are its 11 magnet programs pertaining to specific careers. In December 2013, Western Tech was named one of six public Blue Ribbon Schools in Maryland for 2014. On September 30, 2014, Western earned its status as a National Blue Ribbon School, becoming the seventeenth school in Baltimore County since 1994 to receive this honor.
Western Tech is currently ranked #11 in Maryland, and #347 among high schools nationally.
Students must apply to Western Tech and the school can only accept a limited number of applicants. Therefore, the admission process is selective and competitive. Students must complete an assessment for the magnet program in which they applied to. Admission is based on these assessments among other criteria, including grades and attendance.
The programs offered are Academy of Health Professions, Automotive Service Technology, Business Management and Finance, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts and Restaurant Management, Environmental Science, Environmental Technology, Graphic/Print Communications Technology, Information Technology (with a choice between the Computer Science or Networking Pathway), and Mechanical Construction/Plumbing.
The facilities include a state-of-the-art garage (for Automotive), kitchen (for Culinary), salon (for Cosmetology), and mock hospital (for Health Science).
In 2010, these technologically advanced programs have earned Western the title of "Best School for Hands-on Education" by Baltimore Magazine.
The graduation rate at WesternTech was 89.25% in 1996, 94.96% in 1997, and 94.91% in 1998. From 1999-2011, the graduation rate has been greater than 95%. Also, over 95% of students have passed the HSA's. The student enrollment has been as high as 1,070 in 2004 and as low as 434 in 1994.
Western Tech does not have a field of its own, therefore sports must be played at nearby Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) or at other schools in Baltimore County.
In 2013, the Western Tech girls basketball team won the A1 Girls State Basketball Championship, beating Dunbar High School with a score of 46-40.
Western Tech supports 14 athletic teams in Maryland Athletic Conference 1A.
- Track and Field
- Indoor Track
- Cross Country
Clubs and student organizations
Western has several eclectic clubs and student-run organizations, where most focus on some academic aspect.
- Chess Club
- Football Club
- Future Leaders of America
- Gay Straight Alliance
- Green Club
- Honor Society
- It's Academic
- Literary Magazine
- Math, Engineering, Science, Achievement
- National Art Honor Society
- National Technical Honor Society
- Robotics Club
- Science Fair
- Skills USA
- Société honoraire de français
- Student Council
- Student Service Learning
- Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD)
- Theater Club
- Western Dance Team
- Wolverine RPG Society
On April 11, 2013 at approximately 2:30 a.m., two portable classrooms were engulfed in flames. Over 75 firefighters got the blaze under control by 3:30 a.m. Due to smoke that went into the main building, the school was closed that day. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
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