Washburn High School

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Minneapolis Washburn High School
Washburn from the air, 2007
Address
201 West 49th Street
Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55409
 United States
Coordinates44°54′47″N 93°16′59″W / 44.91306°N 93.28306°W / 44.91306; -93.28306Coordinates: 44°54′47″N 93°16′59″W / 44.91306°N 93.28306°W / 44.91306; -93.28306
Information
School typePublic, High School
Established1925
School boardMinneapolis Board of Education
School districtMinneapolis Public Schools
CEEB Code241695[1]
PrincipalCarol Markham-Cousins
Assistant principalsLinda Conley
Nilo Guanzon
Staff95.12 FTE.[2]
Teaching staff59.34 FTE.[2]
Grades9–12
GenderCoeducational
Enrollment1217[2]
LanguageEnglish
School color(s)Blue and Orange
Fight songWashburn Down the Field
Athletics conferenceMinneapolis City Conference
MascotThe Miller
Team nameThe Millers
NewspaperThe Grist
YearbookWaHiAn
Communities servedMinneapolis and surrounding areas.
Feeder schoolsAll K–8 and middle schools in the Minneapolis Public School District are eligible to send eighth-grade graduates to Washburn.
Website
 
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Minneapolis Washburn High School
Washburn from the air, 2007
Address
201 West 49th Street
Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55409
 United States
Coordinates44°54′47″N 93°16′59″W / 44.91306°N 93.28306°W / 44.91306; -93.28306Coordinates: 44°54′47″N 93°16′59″W / 44.91306°N 93.28306°W / 44.91306; -93.28306
Information
School typePublic, High School
Established1925
School boardMinneapolis Board of Education
School districtMinneapolis Public Schools
CEEB Code241695[1]
PrincipalCarol Markham-Cousins
Assistant principalsLinda Conley
Nilo Guanzon
Staff95.12 FTE.[2]
Teaching staff59.34 FTE.[2]
Grades9–12
GenderCoeducational
Enrollment1217[2]
LanguageEnglish
School color(s)Blue and Orange
Fight songWashburn Down the Field
Athletics conferenceMinneapolis City Conference
MascotThe Miller
Team nameThe Millers
NewspaperThe Grist
YearbookWaHiAn
Communities servedMinneapolis and surrounding areas.
Feeder schoolsAll K–8 and middle schools in the Minneapolis Public School District are eligible to send eighth-grade graduates to Washburn.
Website

Minneapolis Washburn High School is a four-year public high school serving grades 9–12 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. By enrollment, Washburn is the fourth-largest high school in the Minneapolis Public School District.

Principal Mrs. Carol Markham-Cousins is assisted by two assistant principals, Nilo Guanzon and Linda Conley.

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History

Washburn High School was built in 1925 to meet the demands of the growing South Minneapolis neighborhood. Construction for the new three-story building began in 1924 after the Minneapolis Board of Education purchased unused land in Washburn Park. Land next to the school was occupied by the Washburn Memorial Orphan Asylum, now torn down and replaced with what is now Ramsey International Fine Arts Center. Washburn is located in the Tangletown neighborhood of southern Minneapolis at 201 West 49th Street.[3]

Washburn opened on September 8, 1925 to 1,031 students. When the school opened, it served 7–10 grades and added one year each year for the next two years. It served middle school and high school students until 1929.[4] The school became very popular and by 1931, 2,370 students attended the school built for 1,500.[5] The school has been expanded several times to meet the demands of high enrollment.[4][6]

The school is conventionally named after Cadwallader C. Washburn. When the school was presented to the school board it was called "William D. Washburn High School", in reference to the brother of Cadwallader C. Washburn, however naming the school after William D. Washburn is thought to be an error.[4] The school has been heavily influenced by Minneapolis' milling empire. The school's newspaper, The Grist, involves milling terminology,[3] the school's colors, blue and orange, were those of Gold Medal Flour, a company partly run by the Washburn family and a predecessor to General Mills[7] and the athletic teams' nickname are the "Millers".

Campus

Washburn is located on a 4½-city block parcel bordered by West 49th and 50th streets on the north and south side and Nicollet Ave. S. and Pleasant Ave. S on the east and west.[8] In addition to Washburn, Ramsey International Fine Arts Center shares this parcel of land, with Washburn taking 2/3 of the space. In between the schools is A. E. MacQuarrie Field which hosts football games and track and field matches. In addition, on the Washburn campus is a green space known as the Mall. Youth soccer teams use the mall for practice, while students at the school use it for physical education classes.

A tunnel connects the east side of Washburn and the west side of Ramsey, running under MacQuarrie Field. The tunnel transports heating and air conditioning between the schools. During the winter, snow melts directly above the tunnel due to the steam pipes within showing the tunnel's location. Decades ago, students used the tunnel during the winter when overcrowding forced Washburn to hold classes in Ramsey.

Student body

In the 2006–2007 school year, Washburn enrolled 1,217[2] students. The same year, the school reported a racial makeup of 50.7% Black, 26.0% White, 12.2% Hispanic, 7.7% Asian and 3.4% American Indian.[2] The majority of students qualify for Free and Reduced Price Lunch with 60%.[2] Free and Reduced Price Lunch is the measure of poverty for the district. 18% of students have limited English proficiency and 13% of students qualify for special education.[2] The school has an Adequate Yearly Progress graduation rate of 89.94%[2] while district-wide 43.7% of students graduated during the 2003–2004 school year.[9][10] 29%[2] of students met or exceeded the standards in the 10th grade Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment Series II test, while 14%[2] met or exceeded the standards for the 11th grade MCAS test in 2007.

During the 2007–2008 school year, 74 percent of the students were of African, Hispanic, Asian, or Native American descent.[11]

Since 1991,[12] Washburn has participated in St. Olaf College's Educational Talent Search TRIO program which provides students with skills necessary to complete high school and earn postsecondary education.[13][14]

Staff

During the 2006–2007 school year, Washburn employed 95.12 staff FTE.[2] 59.34 of those staff were teachers.[2] 44.34% of the teachers held a bachelor's degree while 52.29% held a master's degree.[2] During the 2005–2006 school year, the student to teacher ratio was 21:1.[15] Both parents and students are involved in the decision-making process through our student council, school leadership team and Parent/Advisory Boards for each SLC.[16]

Past principals

1925–present[17]
Washburn High School Principals
1925–44A. E. MacQuarrie
1944–57Leonard Fleenor
1957–72Carl Anderson
1972–79Dr. Roland DeLapp
1979–82Dean Berntsen
1982Wayne Nelson
1983–86Don Burton
1986 (Spring)Ingve Magnusson
1986–87Robert Lynch
1987–89John Dyzacky
1989–91Dr. Rosa Smith
1992–94Dr. Andre Lewis
1994–98Ronald Chall
1998–99Debora Brooks-Golden
1999–2000Dr. Joyce Lewis Lake
2000–2007Dr. Steven Couture
2007–presentCarol Markham-Cousins

Curriculum

Washburn offers Advanced Placement (AP), College in the Schools (CIS),[18] International Baccalaureate (IB), and Project Lead The Way (PLTW) classes for ninth through twelfth grade students to earn college credit[19] free of charge,[20] or for minimal cost. The school also uses school-wide advisory programs to form trusting and caring relationships for each student.

Bilingual support

Washburn offers bilingual classes in Somali, and English as a Second Language (ESL) support is also available.

World languages and fine arts

Washburn currently offers two world languages: French and Spanish.

The school also offers jazz band, concert band, orchestra and concert choir.

Extracurricular activities

Washburn students have a variety of opportunities to participate in extracurricular activities ranging from Jazz Band to Anime to Young Life. These activities take place before and after school. Notable organizations include, The Grist newspaper, The Wahian yearbook, Educational Talent Search, Elevation, FIRST Robotics, GSA (Gay Straight Alliance), National Honor Society and Student Government.

Athletics

Washburn is a member of the Minnesota State High School League[21] and offers Boys and Girls varsity level sports, including:

Boys' athletics
Baseball
Basketball
Cross country running
Cross country skiing
Football
Rugby
Golf
Water Polo
Hockey
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track and field
Wrestling

Badminton
Basketball
Cross country running
Cross country skiing
Golf
Gymnastics
Hockey (Citywide team)
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track and field
Volleyball
Wrestling

Fresh start

In March 2008, the Minneapolis Board of Education announced that Washburn would be one of two high schools participating in the Minneapolis Public Schools Fresh Start program. Along with Edison High School, Washburn hired new teachers and staff and examined their curriculum.[22][23] These changes were part of a nine-point-plan by the Minneapolis school board to alleviate budget problems and prepare 4 out of 5 graduates to be ready for college.[22][23] Principal Carol Markham-Cousins returned to lead the school with the rest of the teaching staff required to apply for rehire or as new to the building.

On May 14, 2008 Markham-Cousins sent letters to students and family members explaining the reasons for the Fresh Start. She cited graduation rates and college preparation as two reasons why the program had to go forward.[24] The same day, students staged a walk-out in protest of the program.[25] Student drew with chalk on the sidewalk in front of the school in support of the teachers.[25]

Additional changes that came to Washburn during 2008-2009 included an increase in the number of art classes and the introduction of the International Baccalaureate program.[22][23]

Famous alumni

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