Wilde Lake High School

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Wilde Lake High School
Wilde Lake-Wilde Cats
Wilde Lake High School.jpg
Home of trappers
5460 Trumpeter Road
Columbia, MD
Type Public high school
Established 1971
Founder James "Jim" Rouse
School district Howard County Public Schools
Principal James LeMon
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1,438 [1]
Color(s) Green      and gold     
Mascot Wildecats
Rival Oakland Mills High, River Hill High, and Atholton High
Newspaper The Kush Print

Wilde Lake High School is a secondary school located in Columbia, Maryland's Village of Wilde Lake, one of 12 public high schools in Howard County.

Bids were requested by January 1970 for a 1,350-seat school to be built for an estimated $2.6 million.[1] Opened in 1971 as a model school for the nation, it was Columbia's first high school. It had an open doughnut-shaped design with "open classrooms" and was a model school for new teaching settings.[2]

In 1994, the original 910-student building which did not meet current safety standards was demolished. A new $20 million 1,200-seat building with a more traditional style was reconstructed on the same site by Cochran, Stephenson and Donkevoet.[3] The new building, opened in 1996, replicates the open idea, with a central main street, and halls surrounding it and a bridge across the second floor.

The school is centrally located in Howard County and its district borders that of River Hill High School, Marriotts Ridge High School, Centennial High School, Howard High School, Oakland Mills High School, and Atholton High School.

Wilde Lake's official mascot is the "Wildecat". The school's main sports rivals are Oakland Mills High School, River Hill High School and Atholton High School.

Jim Rouse Theatre[edit]

Wilde Lake has a modern 750-seat theater named for Columbia founder James Rouse, who went by "Jim".[4] The theatre has its own separate entrance and is used by both school and community groups. The 12,500-square-foot performance space is also used for community meetings, sales rallies, exhibitions, and business training sessions. The theatre has a total of 739 seats and eight handicapped accessible locations.[5]

This state-of-the-art theater with advanced acoustics is also used by the school's internationally recognized Fine Arts program. The concert, Wind Ensemble, and Jazz Band, led by director Lewis C. Dutrow, take full advantage of the Jim Rouse Theatre.[6]


Wilde Lake High School has a number of sports teams for each season of the academic year, including football, soccer, golf, volleyball, basketball and cross country.[7] The school has won the following state championships:

Cross country[edit]

  • 2007 – Boys' cross country
  • 2006 – Boys' cross country[8]
  • 2005 – Boys' cross country
  • 1996 – Boys' cross country
  • 1996 – Girls' cross country[9]
  • 1971 – Boys' cross country


  • 2010 – Football
  • 1997 – Football[10]
  • 1992 – Football
  • 1991 – Football
  • 1990 – Football
  • 1985 – Football


  • 1997 – Boys' soccer[11]
  • 1991 – Boys' soccer
  • 1984 – Boys' soccer
  • 1983 – Boys' soccer
  • 1982 – Boys' soccer
  • 1981 – Boys' soccer
  • 1976 – Boys' soccer


  • 1995 – Girls' basketball[12]
  • 1985 – Boys' basketball[13]

Ice hockey[edit]

  • 2008 – State Finalist


  • 2006 – Boys' tennis singles[14]
  • 2001 – Mixed doubles[15]
  • 1986 – Mixed doubles
  • 1985 – Boys' tennis doubles

Track and field[edit]

  • 1975 – Boys' track and field[16]

Band program[edit]

The Wilde Lake High band program is under the direction of Lewis C. Dutrow. The band program consists of a multitude of groups, including the marching band/wind ensemble, concert band, jazz band, and percussion ensemble.

Band Groups

The wind ensemble is the higher-level band group, while the lower-level group is the concert band. The two bands have two concerts throughout the year; the winter concert, and the spring concert. The winter concert is late November, while the spring concert is mid-April.

The marching band, consisting of the members of wind ensemble, performs at all of the varsity football team's home games throughout the season. When the football team has an away game, the marching band creates a "pep-band" and travels to the opposing team's stadium to support the team. The marching band performs at other various school activities, such as leading the homecoming parade and playing at the pep-rallies.

The jazz ensemble is showcased in multiple concerts and performances throughout the year. A few of the showcases include the jazz concert in mid-October, another jazz concert in early February, and the Jazz Cabaret in May.

The Paw Print[edit]

The Paw Print is an independent publication of Wilde Lake High School.[17]

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Louise Vest (13 January 2015). "Bid deadline for Wilde Lake High School builder History Matters". The Baltimore Sun. 
  2. ^ "Five Open Plan High Schools: A Report from Educational Facilities Laboratories" (1973) (archived at Texas A&M University).
  3. ^ "Renovation at Wilde Lake is to be more extensive". The Washington Post. September 23, 1993. 
  4. ^ "Jim Rouse Theatre". Jim Rouse Theatre. Retrieved 2017-01-12. 
  5. ^ "Technical Specifications". Jim Rouse Theatre for the Performing Arts. Retrieved December 28, 2015. 
  6. ^ http://www.hcpss.org/f/schools/profiles/prof_hs_wildelake.pdf
  7. ^ Parnell, Vincent "Fall 2012 Athletic Information" Howard County Public School System, 2012.
  8. ^ MPSSAA Boys' Cross Country
  9. ^ MPSSAA Girls' Cross Country
  10. ^ MPSSAA Football
  11. ^ MPSSAA Boys' Soccer
  12. ^ MPSSAA Girls' Basketball
  13. ^ MPSSAA Boys' Basketball
  14. ^ MPSSAA Boys' Tennis Doubles
  15. ^ MPSSAA Tennis Mixed Doubles
  16. ^ MPSSAA Boys' Track & Field
  17. ^ "The Paw Print : The Student News Site of Wilde Lake High School". wlhspawprint.com. Retrieved 2017-01-12. 
  18. ^ "National Merit Scholarship Honored". The Washington Post. 1982-09-29. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2017-03-23. 
  19. ^ Mencius Moldbug (October 26, 2011). "The Holocaust: a Nazi perspective". Unqualified Reservations. The point was driven home for me at Wilde Lake High School in 1988, where I found myself in an auditorium listening to a long, bathetic string of student awards. 

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Coordinates: 39°13′3″N 76°52′21″W / 39.21750°N 76.87250°W / 39.21750; -76.87250