Westlake High School (Georgia)

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Westlake High School
Westlake High School, Fulton County, Georgia.jpg
Address
2400 Union Road S.W.

,
30331

Coordinates33°41′30″N 84°34′45″W / 33.691715°N 84.579045°W / 33.691715; -84.579045Coordinates: 33°41′30″N 84°34′45″W / 33.691715°N 84.579045°W / 33.691715; -84.579045
Information
TypePublic high school
Founded1988
School boardFulton County Schools
SuperintendentJeff Rose
PrincipalJamar Robinson
Grades9–12
Enrollment2,092 (2015-16)[1]
Color(s)Blue, silver, and white               
MascotLion
Feeder schoolsSandtown Middle School, Camp Creek Middle School
Website

Westlake High School is a comprehensive public high school located in Fulton County, Georgia, United States. Westlake is notable for its football program. In 2005, the school had six graduates on NFL rosters, more than any high school in the nation.[2]

History[edit]

As a part of the Fulton County School System consolidation plan, Westlake was formed in 1988 by the closing of Westwood and Lakeshore High Schools. The new school used the old Westwood facility until 2008, when Westlake moved into a new state-of-the-art school next to the old campus.

In the 2012-13 school year, the school received favorable media coverage when CNN's HLN news broadcast a feature segment on then Westlake principal Dr. Grant Rivera and his efforts in engaging students, parents, and faculty in achieving academic and extra-curricular success in today's challenging social environment.[3]

Magnet program[edit]

Westlake's Math/Science Magnet Program prepares students for the academic and career fields of math, science, engineering, and technology through rigorous instruction, relevant experiences, and supportive relationships.

Goals[edit]

The magnet program at Westlake seeks to provide an academically rigorous foundation for math, science, engineering, and media-based careers. Students are exposed to courses that offer real-world problems and inquiry-based instruction. The program develops partnerships with universities and businesses so that students have access to relevant instructional and internship experiences in medical science, engineering, and media. Students are also encouraged to participate in academic, athletic, and artistic extracurricular activities that support their achievement.

Magnet programs of study[edit]

Westlake's magnet program is modeled after college programs in medical science, engineering, and computer science. Each course of study has associated extracurricular clubs and teams, as well as junior and senior summer research internship opportunities available at both Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University. Students attend monthly forums with guest speakers from college and industry on topics ranging from college planning to careers.

Recent achievements[edit]

Application requirements[edit]

Students wishing to participate in the magnet program must live in Fulton County and must meet academic criteria, including having taken Algebra I in 8th grade, having a minimum grade of 80/100 in all math and science classes, failing no classes, and having a minimum cumulative average of 80.

Athletics[edit]

  • 1999 GHSA Boys' Basketball Champions[4]
  • 2002 GHSA Boys' Basketball Champions[4]
  • 2009 GHSA AAAAA Girls' Track Champions[4]
  • 2012 UDA Jazz Dance Large Group Champions
  • 2012 UDA Hip-Hop Dance Large Group Champions
  • 2013 GHSA AAAAAA Girls' Track and Field Champions[4]
  • 2014 GHSA AAAAAA Girls' Track and Field Champions
  • 2015 GHSA AAAAAA Girls' Track and Field Champions
  • 2016 GHSA AAAAAA Boys' Basketball Champions
  • 2018 GHSA AAAAAAA Girls' Basketball Champions[5]

In both 2011 and 2012 the Westlake boys' tennis team made it to the GHSA state finals. This marked the first time that an all African American squad had made it to that stage in Georgia's highest classification.[6]

New facility[edit]

Construction for a new Westlake facility began in October 2006 and the facility officially opened in August 2008, housing over 2,500 high school students in 99 classrooms. The architectural firm of Gardner, Spencer, Smith, Tench & Jarbeau, P.C. designed the new building while H.J. Russell & Company handled the initial phase of construction.[7] The school had previously been housed in the old Westlake High School building since its opening in 1988. Prior to 1988, the building housed Westwood High School. The MTV show Finding Carter was filmed at the older facility, adjacent to the new one.

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Westlake High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved November 27, 2018.
  2. ^ Tide's Warmack a product of a high school that is a pipeline to the pros, al.com; accessed January 3, 2015.
  3. ^ http://www.hlntv.com/video/2012/09/18/back-school-principal-grant-rivera
  4. ^ a b c d "GHSA Boys Basketball Champions". Retrieved 2007-09-17.
  5. ^ Saye, Chip. "Class AAAAAAA girls: Westlake 60, Newton 45". myAJC.com. AJC Sports. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  6. ^ http://patch.com/georgia/cascade/westlake-boys-tennis-team-are-region-champions-and-go5ec80c87eb
  7. ^ "Groundbreaking set for new Westlake High". Fulton County Schools. September 22, 2006. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-06-12.
  8. ^ http://www.colts.com/team/roster/edwin-jackson/1c4f81de-5221-4dbe-8a9a-70d9107ee689/
  9. ^ http://gseagles.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=940
  10. ^ Auburn Tigers' Cam Newton wins Heisman Trophy despite scandal, Sports.espn.go.com (2010-12-13); retrieved 2013-08-16.