Wichita Northwest High School

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Wichita Northwest High School
1220 North Tyler Road [1]
Wichita, Kansas 67212
United States
Coordinates 37°42′22″N 97°26′20″W / 37.706054°N 97.438834°W / 37.706054; -97.438834Coordinates: 37°42′22″N 97°26′20″W / 37.706054°N 97.438834°W / 37.706054; -97.438834
School type Public, High School
Motto Pride, Respect, Excellence
Established 1978
School district USD 259 [2]
Superintendent Decquan Richardson [2]
CEEB code 173214 [3]
Principal Gil Alvarez [4]
Grades 9 to 12
Gender Co-ed
Enrollment 1,496 (2011)[5]
Campus type Urban
Color(s)      Royal Blue
Fight song Hail to the Northwest Grizzlies
Athletics Class 6A [6]
District 7 [7]
Athletics conference Greater Wichita Athletic League [4]
Mascot Grizzlies
Rival Bishop Carroll Catholic High School
Newspaper Northwest Explorer
Yearbook Silvertip

Wichita Northwest High School, known locally as Northwest High, is a fully accredited public high school located in Wichita, Kansas, USA that serves over 1,500 students in grades 9-12.


The school opened in 1978. The first principal, John Gasper, was hired in the Spring of 1977 in order to oversee building construction, develop academic programs, hire staff, and make other preparations necessary to open the $10.4 million facility. In 2013, Gil Alvarez became principal after 2 years at Northeast Traditional Magnet.[8]


The school building features a commons area, which includes a student activity center, a dining facility, a study area, and an informal social gathering place. The commons area can also be used as a 330-seat theater. Surrounding the central commons are administrative offices, instructional areas, student lockers, and food service. An 800-seat auditorium is also located adjacent to the commons. The physical education complex, located at the terminus of one of the wings (referred to as "halls,") consists of a large multipurpose gymnasium with bleacher seating for 2,900 and a six-lane swimming pool short-course competition swimming pool with retractable bleachers for 400 spectators.

Northwest is receiving multiple updates per a 2008 bond issue, such as: new tennis courts (completed 2010), new astroturf football field (completed 2009), new bleachers, permanent concessions stands and locker rooms in the football stadium, new physical education classroom (previously wrestling room), new wrestling room and weights room (previously north 1/3 of gym), new gymnasium (south of current gym; on current baseball field), as well as a new business department and more classrooms.[9]

Extracurricular Activities[edit]


Wichita Northwest is a member of the Kansas State High School Activities Association (KSHSAA) and competes in the 6A division. The following sports are offered:[10]

  • Baseball (boys)
  • Basketball (boys & girls)
  • Bowling (boys & girls)
  • Cheerleading (girls)
  • Cross country (coed)
  • Dance (girls)
  • Football (boys)
  • Golf (boys & girls)
  • Soccer (boys & girls)
  • Softball (girls)
  • Swimming & diving (boys & girls)
  • Tennis (boys & girls)
  • Track (boys & girls)
  • Volleyball (girls)
  • Wrestling (boys)

State Championships[edit]

Season Sport Number of Championships Year
Fall Soccer, Boys 2 1995, 2011[11]
Winter Bowling, Boys 3 2005, 2008, 2014[12]
Basketball, Boys 1 2006[13]
Total 6

Non-athletic Activities[edit]

  • Debate
  • Drama/Theater
  • National Honors Society
  • Explorer (newspaper)
  • Quill and Scroll
  • Scholars' Bowl
  • Silvertip (yearbook)
  • Student Senate

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ GNIS entry for Northwest High School; USGS; October 24, 2008.[dead link]
  2. ^ a b USD 259
  3. ^ High School CEEB Code Search
  4. ^ a b "School Search - Wichita-Northwest HS". Kansas State High School Activities Association. Retrieved August 12, 2011. 
  5. ^ Northwest High in Wichita US News Archived 2014-02-02 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ KSHSAA School Classification List
  7. ^ KSHSAA School District List Archived September 23, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ Wichita school district announces leadership changes at schools; The Wichita Eagle; May 17, 2013.
  9. ^ "Northwest 2008 Bond Project" (PDF). USD 259. Retrieved January 19, 2014. 
  10. ^ Northwest High School - Departments
  11. ^ Boys Soccer
  12. ^ "Bowling complete history" (PDF). KHSAA. Retrieved June 11, 2014. 
  13. ^ History of Boys State Basketball Winners
  14. ^ "Tony Barker". Databasefootball.com. 
  15. ^ NORTHWEST SOCCER PLAYER HEADS TO TRYOUT IN GERMANY Wichita Eagle, The (KS) – Friday, July 24, 1992
  16. ^ "LeBaron Hollimon named coach for new Wichita Wings". kansas.com. 
  17. ^ "Phil Stacey Bio". Sing 365.com. 
  18. ^ "Kamerion Wimbley". NFL.com. 

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