Wikipedia:All high schools can be notable
This is an essay on notability.
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|This page in a nutshell: Articles about most high schools can be notable; however, if we don't have enough secondary sources for a rounded article, it merits a paragraph in another article, not its own article.|
|The examples and perspective in this essay may not represent a worldwide view of the subject. Please improve this essay and discuss the issue on the talk page.|
Most articles about high schools[note 1] can be notable; however, many articles about high schools are not written in a way that demonstrates notability. An article about a high school should only be kept if it can meet the criteria in the general notability guidelines. An article about a high school should contain information which has been covered by reliable, third-party sources. Articles should be based mainly on secondary sources but some non-controversial factual information may be taken from reliable primary sources, such as the school itself or the local government.
In English-speaking developed countries, many independent, reliable sources about high schools can be found on the Internet, beyond the scope of the trivial. However, outside the English-speaking world, particularly for countries in Asia and Africa, Internet coverage is very poor. Where this is the case then, to avoid systemic bias, local sources should be sought. This may involve researching local media, for example at a neighboring library.
What to do when there aren't enough sources or content
In cases where sources can almost certainly be found, but they cannot be found in a reasonable period of time, content of a full article should be created at a user subpage or a subpage of WikiProject Schools. Until sourced content is created, the school should be merged with a redirect to an article about the school district, town, or village of the school. An unsourced article on a school, or an article on a school without enough content for a rounded article, should not have its own page.
What to include
Normally, a good article on a high school should include information on administration, sports, extra-curricular activities, notable historical events, notable alumni, and academic standards.
Elementary and middle schools
Elementary and middle schools do not merit their own article unless they have an exceptional claim to notability. These should be examined on a case by case basis and merged to an article on the town or school district.
- High schools have many different names in different countries: college, secondary school, gymnasium, etc. For the purposes of this essay, a high school is roughly defined as a school that educates people between the ages of 14 and 19. A more specific explanation of what a "high school" is in each country can be found in the article "High school".