Woodrow Wilson Classical High School

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Woodrow Wilson Classical High School
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Address
4400 East Tenth Street
Long Beach, California
United States
Information
Type Public
Established 1926[1]
School district Long Beach Unified School District
Grades 912
Enrollment 3,739 [2]
Campus Urban
Color(s)      Cardinal red
     Gold
Athletics conference Moore League
Mascot Woody Bruin
Wilma Bruin
Wilbur Bruin [3]
Team name Bruins[4]
Newspaper Loudspeaker
Yearbook Campanile
Website
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Woodrow Wilson Classical High School (colloquially known as Long Beach Wilson) is an American public high school located in Long Beach, California, a suburb of the greater Los Angeles area. This two-block campus is located approximately 1.5 miles from the Pacific Ocean, across from the Recreation Park, and adjacent to 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.[5] 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.[6]

Academics[edit]

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. [7] [8]

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.[9]

Advanced Placement Courses[10]

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.[11] Wilson is the 3rd best high school in the Long Beach Unified School District. [12]
  • According to The Washington Post, Woodrow Wilson Classical High School is No. 1,024 in the nation for "America's Most Challenging High Schools."[13]
  • 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. [14]
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.[15]

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, 6 state, and 2 national championships since the institution fielded athletics in 1926.[16]

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 & Diving (4): 1939, 1953, 1955, 1956
    • Track & Field (4): 1931, 1936, 1937, 1992
    • Water Polo (12): 1981, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2011
  • Girls (12)
    • Basketball (1): 2000
    • Golf (1): 2004
    • Soccer (2): 2008, 2013
    • Swimming & Diving (2): 1995, 2005
    • Track & Field (5): 1996, 1998, 1999, 2005, 2006
    • Volleyball (1): 2001
  • Coed (1)
    • Badminton (1): 1998

State championships

  • Boys (1)
    • Track & Field: 1931
  • Girls (5)
    • Golf: 2004
    • Soccer: 2008
    • Track & Field: 1996, 1998, 2006

National championships

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

Notable events[edit]

Ethnic group of students, 2016-17 school year [17]
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%
  • In April 2009, the Wilson Engineering Club received a $100,000.000 grant from the LemelsonMIT InvenTeam program. They invented a wind power generation system for semi-tractor trailer trucks. The wind turbine, installed on the roof of the truck's cab, will generate electricity while the truck is in motion, and then store that electricity in a battery system for use when the truck is parked. The goal of the project is to provide truck drivers the ability to meet the parked power needs of their cabs without having to idle their engines and burn fossil fuels.[citation needed]

Controversies[edit]

  • Former Wilson students and their teacher Erin Gruwell also inspired the movie Freedom Writers, that was made of the collected diaries of the students; the film takes place in the years 1993 through 1998. Some Long Beach community members accused the film of misrepresenting the school as being lower performing and more dangerous than it was and misrepresenting the makeup of the students by excluding those who were middle class and non-Hispanic/Latino Whites. According to Gruwell, the middle class and non-Hispanic/Latino White students joined her classes after they became well-known, and she added that the film accurately portrayed her initial classes as being low income and made of ethnic minorities. Piccalo stated that during the years the film was set in, the school and Long Beach itself "were much tougher" compared to their states in 2007.[citation needed]

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.[18] Long Beach Wilson has been recognized by ESPN for their output of Olympians.[19]

Medals of Long Beach Wilson

1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki, Finland Finland

Olympian Gender College Country Sport Event Medal
Pat McCormick
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Long Beach State Athletics logo.svg
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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 logo.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 logo.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
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Stanford Athletics 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 Athletics 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
Interlocking USC 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 Athletics 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 Athletics logo.svg
Flag of the United States.svg
Water Polo Water Polo
Silver medal blank.svg
Lauren Wenger
Venus symbol.svg
Interlocking USC Logo.svg
Flag of the United States.svg
Water Polo Water Polo
Silver medal blank.svg
Adam Wright
Mars symbol.svg
UCLA Bruins logo.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 Block C logo.svg
Flag of the United States.svg
Track and Field 400 m hurdles
Silver medal blank.svg
Jessica Hardy
Venus symbol.svg
University of California, Berkeley athletic logo.svg
Flag of the United States.svg
Swimming 4×100 m freestyle
Bronze medal blank.svg
Jessica Hardy
Venus symbol.svg
University of California, Berkeley athletic logo.svg
Flag of the United States.svg
Swimming 4×100 m medley
Gold medal blank.svg
Lauren Wenger
Venus symbol.svg
Interlocking USC Logo.svg
Flag of the United States.svg
Water Polo Water Polo
Gold medal blank.svg

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About Wilson". 
  2. ^ "District and School Enrollment by Ethnicity for 2016-17". California Department of Education: Educational Demographics Unit. Retrieved 23 April 2017. 
  3. ^ "Mascots". Woodrow Wilson Classical High SChool. Retrieved 30 April 2017. 
  4. ^ "About Wilson". Woodrow Wilson Classical High School. Retrieved 30 April 2017. 
  5. ^ http://www.lbschools.net/wilson/about/index.php
  6. ^ "Woodrow Wilson Classical High School: History". Long Beach Unified School District. Retrieved 22 May 2017. 
  7. ^ "Graduation Requirements". Woodrow Wilson Classical High School. Retrieved 28 April 2017. 
  8. ^ "HS Graduation Requirements". Long Beach Unified School District. Retrieved 28 April 2017. 
  9. ^ "Advanced Placement (AP) Student Performance at Wilson High". US News. 
  10. ^ "UC/CSU Approved Course List at Woodrow Wilson High School". University of California. 
  11. ^ "Wilson High in Long Beach, CA Profile". US News. 
  12. ^ "Long Beach Unified School District Profile". US News. 
  13. ^ "America's Most Challenging High Schools". 
  14. ^ "Wilson High School Rankings". Niche. Retrieved 27 April 2017. 
  15. ^ "The Big Game: A Brief Look at the History of Poly/Wilson". Gazettes Sports. 
  16. ^ "Athletics at Woodrow Wilson Classical High School". Woodrow Wilson Classical High School. 
  17. ^ "District and School Enrollment by Ethnicity for 2016-17". California Department of Education: Educational Demographics Unit. Retrieved 23 April 2017. 
  18. ^ "Wilson Olympians at Woodrow Wilson Classical High School". Woodrow Wilson Classical High School. Retrieved 27 May 2017. 
  19. ^ "How a California high school keeps cranking out Olympians". ESPN. Retrieved 27 May 2017. 

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Coordinates: 33°46′37″N 118°08′27″W / 33.777042°N 118.140822°W / 33.777042; -118.140822