Western School of Technology and Environmental Science

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Not to be confused with Western High School (Baltimore).
Western School of Technology and Environmental Science
Western Tech Wolverine.jpg
Seal of Western School of Tech
100 Kenwood Avenue
Catonsville, Maryland
Coordinates 39°16′10″N 76°42′45″W / 39.26944°N 76.71250°W / 39.26944; -76.71250Coordinates: 39°16′10″N 76°42′45″W / 39.26944°N 76.71250°W / 39.26944; -76.71250
School type Public
High School
Magnet School
Motto "Respect the Tech"
Patron saint(s) Home of the Wolverines
Established 1970
School district Baltimore County Public Schools
Superintendent Dr. S. Dallas Dance
School number 410-887-0840
Principal Murray "Buddy" Parker III
Staff Harris, Tiffany M. (Asst. Principal)
Patras, Michele L. (Asst. Principal)
Grades 9-12
Gender Co-ed
Enrollment 931
Average class size 24
Campus Suburban

Light Sky Blue, White and Black

Athletics conference 1A
Sports Soccer, Football, Basketball, Lacrosse, Volleyball, Baseball
Mascot Wolverines
Nickname Western Tech
Team name Western Wolverines
National ranking 347
Publication Jostens
Newspaper Wolverines Newspaper
Yearbook http://www.replayit.com/
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.[1] In December 2013, Western Tech was named one of six public Blue Ribbon Schools in Maryland for 2014.[2] 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.[3][4]


Western Tech is currently ranked #11 in Maryland, and #347 among high schools nationally.[5]

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.[6]

Western Tech currently offers 17 different Advanced Placement courses. Western also offers internships and parallel enrollment for students in the 12th grade.


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%.[7] Also, over 95% of students have passed the HSA's.[8] The student enrollment has been as high as 1,070 in 2004 and as low as 434 in 1994.

Ethnicity Percentage
Black 70%
White 17%
Asian 12%
Other 1%
Male Female
43% 57%


Student population[10]
1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
434 639 873 1,018 1,012 1,043 1,037 1,035 1,036 1,040 1,070 1,065 1,042 975 936 885 873 890 890 926 931


The front of the school.

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.

  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • Track and Field
  • Tennis
  • Softball
  • Lacross
  • Indoor Track
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Badminton
  • Wrestling

Clubs and student organizations[edit]

Western has several eclectic clubs and student-run organizations, where most focus on some academic aspect.


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.[11]


  1. ^ "Western Tech School Profile". bcps.org. Retrieved 16 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "6 Maryland Schools Earn Blue Ribbon Status". WBAL TV. Retrieved 12 December 2013. 
  3. ^ http://www2.ed.gov/programs/nclbbrs/2014/high-schools.pdf
  4. ^ http://www.bcps.org/news/articles/article6747.html
  5. ^ "Western School of Technology & Env. Science Overview". US News. Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  6. ^ "Making the Grade". Baltimore Magazine. September 2010. Retrieved 12 December 2012. 
  7. ^ "Graduation Rate". MSDE. Retrieved 28 January 2013. 
  8. ^ "High School Assessments". MSDE. Retrieved 28 January 2013. 
  9. ^ "Student Body". US News. Retrieved 28 January 2013. 
  10. ^ "Enrollment". MSDE. Retrieved 28 January 2013. 
  11. ^ "School Closes After Fire Engulfs Classroom And Then Spreads". WBAL TV. Retrieved 11 April 2013.