Westlake High School (Georgia)
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|Westlake High School|
|2400 Union Road S.W.
Atlanta, Georgia 30331
|Type||Public high school|
|School board||Fulton County Schools|
|Enrollment||2088 (July 2015)|
|Color(s)||Blue, silver, and white|
|Feeder schools||Sandtown Middle School, Camp Creek Middle School|
|Website||Westlake High School|
Westlake High School is a high school located in Fulton County, Georgia, United States. Westlake is notable for its football program. In 2005, the school had six graduates on NFL rosters, more than any high school in the nation.
As a part of the Fulton County School System consolidation plan, Westlake was formed in 1988 by the closing of Westwood and Lakeshore High Schools. The new school used the old Westwood facility until 2008, when Westlake moved into a new state-of-the-art school next to the old campus.
In the 2012-13 school year, the school received favorable media coverage when CNN's HLN news broadcast a feature segment on then Westlake principal Dr. Grant Rivera and his efforts in engaging students, parents, and faculty in achieving academic and extra-curricular success in today's challenging social environment.
Westlake's Math/Science Magnet Program prepares students for the academic and career fields of math, science, engineering, and technology through rigorous instruction, relevant experiences, and supportive relationships.
The magnet program at Westlake seeks to provide an academically rigorous foundation for math, science, engineering, and media-based careers. Students are exposed to courses that offer real-world problems and inquiry-based instruction. The program develops partnerships with universities and businesses so that students have access to relevant instructional and internship experiences in medical science, engineering, and media. Students are also encouraged to participate in academic, athletic, and artistic extracurricular activities that support their achievement.
Magnet programs of study
Westlake's magnet program is modeled after college programs in medical science, engineering, and computer science. Each course of study has associated extracurricular clubs and teams, as well as junior and senior summer research internship opportunities available at both Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University. Students attend monthly forums with guest speakers from college and industry on topics ranging from college planning to careers.
- National 1st place Biology Award in NAACP ACT-SO competition
- National 2nd place Science Award in National Institutes of Health competition
- Regional Semi-Finalists Engineering Award in Siemens Westinghouse Competition
- Regional 1st place Tri-Math-Alon Award in National Society of Black Engineers competition
Students wishing to participate in the magnet program must live in Fulton county and must meet academic criteria, including having taken Algebra I in 8th grade, having a minimum grade of 80/100 in all math and science classes, failing no classes, and having a minimum cumulative average of 80.
- 1999 GHSA Boys' Basketball Champions
- 2002 GHSA Boys' Basketball Champions
- 2009 GHSA AAAAA Girls' Track Champions
- 2012 UDA Jazz Dance Large Group Champions
- 2012 UDA Hip-Hop Dance Large Group Champions
- 2013 GHSA AAAAAA Girls' Track and Field Champions
- 2014 GHSA AAAAAA Girls' Track and Field Champions
- 2015 GHSA AAAAAA Girls' Track and Field Champions
- 2016 GHSA AAAAAA Boys' Basketball Champions
In both 2011 and 2012 the Westlake boys' tennis team made it to the GHSA state finals. This marked the first time that an all African American squad had made it to that stage in Georgia's highest classification.
The 2015 Westlake Lions' varsity football squad repeated as regional champions and advanced to the GHSA state quarterfinals. The squad featured several players that are reportedly recruited by several of the nation's prominent university football powers including Alabama, LSU, and Georgia.
Construction for a new Westlake facility began in October 2006 and the facility officially opened in August 2008, housing over 2,500 high school students in 99 classrooms. The architectural firm of Gardner, Spencer, Smith, Tench & Jarbeau, P.C. designed the new building while H.J. Russell & Company handled the initial phase of construction. The school had previously been housed in the old Westwood High School building since its opening in 1988. The MTV show Finding Carter is now filmed at the older facility, adjacent to the new one.
- Keith Adams, football player
- Ian Allen, football player
- Keyaron Fox, football player, Super Bowl XLIII champion
- Edwin Jackson, football player
- Adam "Pacman" Jones, football player
- Sean Jones, football player
- Wallace Miles, football player
- Anthony Mitchell, football player, Super Bowl XXXV Champion
- Cam Newton, quarterback for the Carolina Panthers, 2010 Heisman Trophy winner
- Kasim Reed, attorney and 59th Mayor of Atlanta
- Chris Tavarez, actor
- Chance Warmack, football player
- Ray Willis, basketball player
- Tide's Warmack a product of a high school that is a pipeline to the pros, al.com; accessed January 3, 2015.
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- "Groundbreaking set for new Westlake High". Fulton County Schools. September 22, 2006. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-06-12.
- Auburn Tigers' Cam Newton wins Heisman Trophy despite scandal, Sports.espn.go.com (2010-12-13); retrieved 2013-08-16.