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Woodrow Wilson High School is located in California
Woodrow Wilson High School
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Woodrow Wilson High School is located in the US
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Woodrow Wilson High School
4400 East Tenth Street

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90804

United States
CoordinatesCoordinates: 33°46′37″N 118°08′27″W / 33.777042°N 118.140822°W / 33.777042; -118.140822
Information
TypePublic
MottoAcademic and Athletic Excellence[5]
Established1926[1]
School districtLong Beach Unified
Grades912
Enrollment3,792 (2015-16)[2]
CampusUrban
Color(s)     Cardinal red
     Gold
Athletics conferenceMoore League
MascotWoody Bruin
Wilma Bruin
Wilbur Bruin[3]
Team nameBruins[4]
NewspaperLoudspeaker
YearbookCampanile
Website

Woodrow Wilson High School (colloquially known as Long Beach Wilson) is an American public high school located in Long Beach, California. This two-block campus is located approximately 1.5 miles from the Pacific Ocean, across from the Recreation Park, and approximately 3 miles from Orange County.

History[edit]

Woodrow Wilson Classical High School was established in 1925 as the second school in the city, and ultimately opened for classes in 1926.[6] The institution was named after Woodrow Wilson, who was an American politician and served as the 28th president of the United States. In 1926, a group of high school students chose the nickname Bruins as well as the colors Cardinal and Gold for Long Beach Wilson, due to close distance of two prestigious research universities, the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of Southern California, respectively.[7]

Academics[edit]

Ethnic group of students, 2016-17 school year [8]
Ethnic group Percentage
American Indian or Alaska Native >1.0%
Asian 7.0%
Black 11.2%
Filipino 1.7%
Hispanic 56.7%
Mixed >1.0%
Other 2.2%
Pacific Islander >1.0%
White 19.2%

The "Classical" Term[edit]

Woodrow Wilson Classical High School earned the distinction of being "classical" (hence the term being in the official school name) when they offered graduates a diploma with higher distinction than the regular diploma across the Long Beach Unified School District. Those who earned the "classical" diploma fulfilled one year of performing or visual arts and two years of foreign language in addition to the minimum requirements to graduate from a LBUSD high school. Wilson is the only school to offer such a high school diploma in the district.[9][10]

Pathways[edit]

The institution offers five distinct pathways: Wilson Academic Vision of Excellence, School of the Arts, School of Leadership & Public Service, School of Medicine & Biotechnology, and School of Technology. The Distinguished Scholars program is offered to students who are in a school pathway and met academic requirements in middle school. [11]

Wilson Academic Vision of Excellence

Commonly referred to as WAVE, the Wilson Academic Vision of Excellence is the most rigorous pathway offered at the school. This liberal arts intensive program provides students the resources to earn acceptances at elite universities and colleges. In order to be qualified, students must earn at least a 3.60 GPA in middle school, be enrolled in Algebra I, receive at least an SBAC score of 2,500 in English, and indicate that the program is their first choice prior to applying. During the program, students must follow a road-map to graduation, which includes at least ten Advanced Placement courses.[12]

Distinguished Scholars

The oldest program at Long Beach Wilson, Distinguished Scholars provides supplemental distinction for all students outside of those in the WAVE pathway. Although not a pathway itself, the program recognizes those who had a strong academic performance at the institution. Incoming students must receive acceptance by having at least a 3.3 GPA and be enrolled in Algebra I prior to applying. Those not meeting the prerequisites may achieve this award by obtaining at least a 3.3 GPA and receiving a C or higher in Algebra I in addition to the program requirements. The program requires students to have at least a 3.3 GPA, complete four Advanced Placement classes, and possess at least sixty hours of volunteering outside of the school community.[13]

School of the Arts

The School of the Arts emphasizes the study of the arts through completion of courses studying several disciplines within the field, ranging from theatre to photography. Students must choose a primary and secondary discipline to study at Long Beach Wilson, while completing the requirements for graduation. Students primarily have opportunities related to the arts, such as completing a certification program at Long Beach City College in their discipline of choice. There are no additional prerequisites for this program prior to applying.[14]

School of Leadership and Public Service

Designed for the future leaders of society, this program has students embark on experiences in a wide range of public service sectors. Students have the opportunity to take coursework that focuses on ways to benefit a sector, varying from forensic science to criminal law. In addition, students have several opportunities within the city, such as completing related certificate programs at Long Beach City College. There are no prerequisites for this program prior to applying.[15]

School of Medicine and Biotechnology

Initiated by Project Lead the Way, students in the School of Medicine and Biotechnology gain experience in preparation for the field of medicine. Students are required to take a course sequence dedicated to the study of medicine. In addition, students apply the course sequence to internships throughout medical centers in Long Beach, and receive certificates in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first aid. There are no prerequisites for this program prior to applying.[16]

School of Technology

Started by Project Lead the Way, program participants complete coursework in computer science and related fields. Participants are required to complete a course sequence that will prepare them for the rise of technology in today's society. In addition, students will have the opportunity to actively seek and experience internships in the technology industry with their knowledge from the course sequence. There are no prerequisites for this pathway.[17]

Advanced Placement[edit]

Woodrow Wilson Classical High school is a participating institution of the Advanced Placement program, which offers students the opportunity to gain college credit albeit two-year and four-year colleges having different policies for granting A.P. credit, if any. The program is maintained by College Board, an organization that administers the AP exams. Long Beach Wilson offers students the chance to participate in Advanced Placement for 27 different disciplines. Although there may be requirements to take an A.P. class, it is possible to challenge any A.P. exam (where the student takes the exam by being an autodidact for the discipline tested), regardless if Long Beach Wilson offers the course or not. As of the 2014-15 school year, Long Beach Wilson had 49% of the 12th grade student body tested at some time during high school where 71% of those passed at least one exam.[18]

Advanced Placement Courses[19]

Rankings[edit]

  • According to US News, Long Beach Wilson is No. 240 in the state and No. 1,301 in the nation for best overall high schools for the 2016-17 school year. Wilson also earned a silver medal, a distinction awarded for placing 501st to 2,673th best in the nation and had at least a 20.17 college readiness index.[20] Wilson is the 3rd best high school in the Long Beach Unified School District.[21]
  • According to The Washington Post, Woodrow Wilson Classical High School is No. 1,024 in the nation for "America's Most Challenging High Schools."[22]
  • According to Niche, Long Beach Wilson is No. 150 in the nation for "Standout Schools in America," which recognizes how much the school has positively impacted their community. Also, Wilson is No. 294 in the nation for "Most Diverse Public High Schools in America," which notes the diversity of a high school in terms of ethnicity.[23]
Wilson Science Building

Athletics[edit]

The Long Beach Wilson Bruins participate in the CIF Southern Section under the California Interscholastic Federation. The Bruins are primarily associated with the Moore League for conference play. The Bruins have a fierce rivalry with the Jackrabbits of Long Beach Poly across all sports, which originated from an American football match in 1932.[24]

Varsity teams[edit]

The Bruins sponsor varsity teams in 12 boys', 12 girls', and three coed sports. All are CIF-sponsored sports unless indicated.

Championships[edit]

Long Beach Wilson has won 64 regional, 11 state, and 2 national championships since the institution fielded athletics in 1926.[25]

Regional championships

  • Boys (51)
    • Baseball (4): 1940, 1947, 1950, 2007
    • Basketball (1): 1927
    • Cross country (3): 1934, 1935, 1936
    • Golf (20): 1928, 1930, 1932, 1933, 1935, 1939, 1940, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1965, 2016, 2017
    • Gymnastics (2): 1970, 1977
    • Soccer (1): 2003
    • Swimming and diving (4): 1939, 1953, 1955, 1956
    • Track and field (4): 1931, 1936, 1937, 1992
    • Water polo (12): 1981, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2011
  • Girls (13)
    • Basketball (1): 2000
    • Golf (1): 2004
    • Soccer (2): 2008, 2013
    • Swimming and diving (2): 1995, 2005
    • Track and field (5): 1996, 1998, 1999, 2005, 2006
    • Volleyball (1): 2001
    • Water polo (1): 2018
  • Coed (1)
    • Badminton (1): 1998

State championships

  • Boys (6)
    • Track and field: 1931
    • Water polo: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005
  • Girls (5)
    • Golf: 2004
    • Soccer: 2008
    • Track and field: 1996, 1998, 2006

National championships

  • Boys (1)
    • Baseball: 2007
  • Girls (1)
    • Soccer: 2008

Alumni[edit]

Olympics[edit]

Since the 1952 Summer Olympics, 38 Bruins have participated in the quadrennial Olympic Games. By the conclusion of the 2016 Summer Olympics, the Bruins have gathered 16 olympiads.[26] Long Beach Wilson has been recognized by ESPN for their output of Olympians.[27]

Medals of Long Beach Wilson

1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki, Finland Finland

Olympian Gender College Country Sport Event Medal
Pat McCormick
Venus symbol.svg
Long Beach State Athletics logo.svg
Flag of the United States.svg
Diving Platform
Gold medal blank.svg
Pat McCormick
Venus symbol.svg
Long Beach State Athletics logo.svg
Flag of the United States.svg
Diving Springboard
Gold medal blank.svg

1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Australia

Olympian Gender College Country Sport Event Medal
Pat McCormick
Venus symbol.svg
Long Beach State Athletics logo.svg
Flag of the United States.svg
Diving Platform
Gold medal blank.svg
Pat McCormick
Venus symbol.svg
Long Beach State Athletics logo.svg
Flag of the United States.svg
Diving Springboard
Gold medal blank.svg

1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, West Germany Germany

Olympian Gender College Country Sport Event Medal
Kate Schmidt
Venus symbol.svg
UCLA Bruins script.svg
Flag of the United States.svg
Track and Field Javelin
Bronze medal blank.svg

1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Quebec, Canada Canada

Olympian Gender College Country Sport Event Medal
Joan Lind
Venus symbol.svg
Long Beach State Athletics logo.svg
Flag of the United States.svg
Rowing Single sculls
Silver medal blank.svg
Kate Schmidt
Venus symbol.svg
UCLA Bruins script.svg
Flag of the United States.svg
Track and Field Javelin
Bronze medal blank.svg
Tim Shaw
Mars symbol.svg
Long Beach State Athletics logo.svg
Flag of the United States.svg
Swimming 400 m freestyle
Silver medal blank.svg
Tim Shaw
Mars symbol.svg
Long Beach State Athletics logo.svg
Flag of the United States.svg
Swimming 4 × 200 m freestyle relay
Gold medal blank.svg

1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California, United States United States

Olympian Gender College Country Sport Event Medal
Jody Campbell
Mars symbol.svg
Stanford Cardinal logo.svg
Flag of the United States.svg
Water Polo Water Polo
Silver medal blank.svg
Joan Lind
Venus symbol.svg
Long Beach State Athletics logo.svg
Flag of the United States.svg
Rowing Coxed quad sculls
Silver medal blank.svg
Tim Shaw
Mars symbol.svg
Long Beach State Athletics logo.svg
Flag of the United States.svg
Water Polo Water Polo
Silver medal blank.svg

1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea South Korea

Olympian Gender College Country Sport Event Medal
Jody Campbell
Mars symbol.svg
Stanford Cardinal logo.svg
Flag of the United States.svg
Water Polo Water Polo
Silver medal blank.svg
Bob Ctvrtlik
Mars symbol.svg
Pepperdine baseball logo.png
Flag of the United States.svg
Volleyball Volleyball
Gold medal blank.svg
John Shadden
Mars symbol.svg
USC Trojans logo.svg
Flag of the United States.svg
Sailing 470 class
Bronze medal blank.svg

1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain Spain

Olympian Gender College Country Sport Event Medal
Bob Ctvrtlik
Mars symbol.svg
Pepperdine baseball logo.png
Flag of the United States.svg
Volleyball Volleyball
Bronze medal blank.svg

2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Australia

Olympian Gender College Country Sport Event Medal
Sean Burroughs
Mars symbol.svg
Flag of the United States.svg
Baseball Baseball
Gold medal blank.svg
Maureen O'Toole
Venus symbol.svg
Hawaii Warriors logo.svg
Flag of the United States.svg
Water Polo Water Polo
Silver medal blank.svg

2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece Greece

Olympian Gender College Country Sport Event Medal
Jacqueline Frank DeLuca
Venus symbol.svg
Stanford Cardinal logo.svg
Flag of the United States.svg
Water Polo Water Polo
Bronze medal blank.svg
Susan Williams
Venus symbol.svg
Alabama Crimson Tide logo.svg
Flag of the United States.svg
Triathlon Triathlon
Bronze medal blank.svg

2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China China

Olympian Gender College Country Sport Event Medal
Tony Azevedo
Mars symbol.svg
Stanford Cardinal logo.svg
Flag of the United States.svg
Water Polo Water Polo
Silver medal blank.svg
Lauren Wenger
Venus symbol.svg
USC Trojans logo.svg
Flag of the United States.svg
Water Polo Water Polo
Silver medal blank.svg
Adam Wright
Mars symbol.svg
UCLA Bruins script.svg
Flag of the United States.svg
Water Polo Water Polo
Silver medal blank.svg

2012 Summer Olympics in London, United Kingdom United Kingdom

Olympian Gender College Country Sport Event Medal
Lashinda Demus
Venus symbol.svg
South Carolina Gamecocks logo.svg
Flag of the United States.svg
Track and Field 400 m hurdles
Silver medal blank.svg
Jessica Hardy
Venus symbol.svg
California Golden Bears logo.svg
Flag of the United States.svg
Swimming 4 × 100 m freestyle
Bronze medal blank.svg
Jessica Hardy
Venus symbol.svg
California Golden Bears logo.svg
Flag of the United States.svg
Swimming 4 × 100 m medley
Gold medal blank.svg
Lauren Wenger
Venus symbol.svg
USC Trojans logo.svg
Flag of the United States.svg
Water Polo Water Polo
Gold medal blank.svg

Note: If applicable, the college attended is where one studied for undergraduate education and competed at the college level; all other colleges where an athlete attended for another kind of education and/or competition are excluded.

References[edit]

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  5. ^ "Home of Woodrow Wilson High School". Woodrow Wilson Classical High School. Retrieved November 3, 2017.
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  8. ^ "District and School Enrollment by Ethnicity for 2016-17". California Department of Education: Educational Demographics Unit. Retrieved November 3, 2017.
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  17. ^ "School of Technology". Woodrow Wilson Classical High School. Retrieved 25 June 2018.
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  23. ^ "Wilson High School Rankings". Niche. Retrieved November 3, 2017.
  24. ^ Mike Guardabascio (October 24, 2012). "The Big Game: A Brief Look at the History of Poly/Wilson". Gazettes Sports. Retrieved November 3, 2017.
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  26. ^ "Wilson Olympians at Woodrow Wilson Classical High School". Woodrow Wilson Classical High School. Retrieved November 3, 2017.
  27. ^ Dan Arritt (July 29, 2016). "How a California high school keeps cranking out Olympians". ESPN. Retrieved November 3, 2017.