Westlake High School (Ohio)

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Westlake High School
Address
27830 Hilliard Boulevard

, ,
44145

United States
Coordinates41°27′39″N 81°55′42″W / 41.46083°N 81.92833°W / 41.46083; -81.92833Coordinates: 41°27′39″N 81°55′42″W / 41.46083°N 81.92833°W / 41.46083; -81.92833
Information
TypePublic high school
MottoWe Educate for Excellence, "All About the W"
Established1960
Opened1960, 2013
FounderSven UD
StatusComplete
School districtWestlake City School District
SuperintendentScott Goggin[1]
PrincipalPaul Wilson
Grades9-12
CampusSuburban
Color(s)     Forest green
     White [2]
Fight song"Stand Up & Cheer"
Athletics conferenceSouthwestern Conference[2]
MascotDemon
Team nameDemons[2]
RivalBay High School
NewspaperThe Green and White
Athletic DirectorsTony Cipollone, Dennis Sullivan
Website

Westlake High School is a public high school located in Westlake, Ohio, United States, west of Cleveland. It is the only high school in the Westlake City Schools district. Its principal is Paul Wilson, and assistant principals are Ned Lauver and Bridget Elias.

Campus[edit]

Westlake High School was rebuilt and completed in 2013. With a design by MKC Associates, the high school features a large rotunda housing the cafeteria for the students. Academic Wings are divided into two floors, with classrooms grouped in sections. Two large gyms and a weight training room are for physical education, and a large Performing Arts Center next to several music classrooms and a television studio is the arts wing.

Outside, the school has two baseball diamonds, and one softball diamond, two tennis courts, and a football stadium complete with turf, where Westlake play in the fall, winter, and spring.

Academics[edit]

Westlake High School offers a variety of academic choices to students beyond regular courses, including Honors, AP (Advanced Placement), IB (International Baccalaureate), and CCP (College Credit Plus) courses offered through Cuyahoga Community College.

Quality of Education[edit]

Westlake has constistently ranked higher than state average's over the years, being in the top four percent of schools in the state of Ohio. The school has been ranked one of the Top 10 Schools in Northeast Ohio. Achieving high accomplishments, ninety-three percent of students who graduate Westlake continue on to a two or four year university. [3]

Technology and Engineering[edit]

The Westlake Technology and Engineering Department is an award winning area of study recognized at the local, state, and national level. The Technical Drawing and Design class has participated and been in the top ten in the annual Student Model Home Design Contest for the last twenty years. Other awards include the Verizon Innovative App Challenge, the Hyland Innovation Contest, the rp+m Product Design Contest, and the Ohio Technology & Engineering Education Showcase's Best of Show and Zupanic Award. More than two hundred students from the Westlake Technology and Engineering Program have majored in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) field, and are employed professionally in the growing STEM Field.

Arts[edit]

Westlake High School offers a variety of music education programs. Instrumental Music programs include Marching Band, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Concert Orchestra, Symphonic Orchestra, Jazz 1 & Jazz 2. Choral music programs include a show choir, Company D, Symphonic Chorus, Women's Chorus, Men's Chorus, Chorale, and Mixed Choir. In addition, Music Theory and History is also offered at the high school.

Westlake High School "Demon" Marching Band[edit]

The 160-member Westlake High School "Demon" Marching Band, known to many as the "Pride of Westlake", provides half time entertainment at every home and away Varsity football games, as well as competitions during the year. In the past, the band has gone to the Citrus Bowl and the Chicago Thanksgiving Parade, as well as taking trips to Florida, Atlanta, and a variety of other cities both nationally and internationally.

During the year, students are divided into Symphonic and Concert Band, where both have taken home Superior ratings at the Ohio Music Education Association competitions (in both Class AA and Class C, respectively) in the last few years.

Student media[edit]

The Westlake High Broadcasting System (WHBS-TV) is a student-run and faculty-advised cable television station serving the entire Greater Cleveland Metropolitan Area on AT&T U-Verse channel 99 and the city of Westlake on Wide Open West channel 99 and WideOpenWest (WOW!) channel 18. WHBS-TV produces a weekly news show for WHS announcements, called Friday Morning News. They also have a comedy show called Monday Afternoon Recorded started in the 2018-19 school year.

The Green and White is a monthly student newspaper serving Westlake High School. It is advised by English teacher Laura Miller.[citation needed]

Mascot[edit]

The school mascot, the Demon, has occasionally caused controversy because of its assumed religious connotations. When Westlake was known as Dover, the school teams were called the "Dover Men". Popular usage shortened this to "D-Men", which when spoken is indistinguishable from the word 'demon', hence the current name.[4]

Student Life[edit]

Westlake High School offers a variety of sports, clubs, and activities to its students during and after the school day.

Sports[edit]

Westlake High School has a variety of sports teams that compete in the Southwestern Conference throughout the school year.[5]

Fall Sports include Football, Cross Country, Golf, Tennis, Soccer, Volleyball, and Cheer.

Winter Sports include Basketball, Gymnastics, Wrestling, Hockey, Swimming & Diving, Cheer, and Bowling.

Spring Sports include Baseball, Softball, Track, Lacrosse, and Tennis.

Clubs[edit]

Westlake High School offers a variety of clubs available to its students.

  • Ultimate Frisbee Club - active participants in the Cleveland Disc Association's Fall and Spring leagues along with Olmsted Falls High School, Saint Ignatius High School and Saint Edwards High School.
  • WHBS-TV
  • Yearbook Club

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.wlake.org/departments/superintendent/Pages/default.aspx
  2. ^ a b c OHSAA. "Ohio High School Athletic Association member directory". Archived from the original on November 3, 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-17.
  3. ^ "2017 Westlake Quality Report" (PDF). Westlake City School. 2017.
  4. ^ "Why are we called the Demons?". Westlake City Schools. Archived from the original on 2012-07-19.
  5. ^ "Westlake High School". Westlake Athletics. September 15, 2017. Retrieved November 16, 2018.
  6. ^ "2009 Convention – Club Point Summary" (PDF). Ohio Junior Classical League. 2009. Retrieved 10 August 2009.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Constitution of the Ohio Junior Classical League" (PDF). Ohio Junior Classical League. March 2008. Retrieved 18 September 2009. ...by paying both OJCL annual chapter dues and any annual chapter membership dues required by NJCL.[permanent dead link]

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