Southwest High School (Minneapolis)

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Southwest High School
Location
3414 West 47th Street
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Coordinates44°55′06″N 93°19′29″W / 44.9182°N 93.3248°W / 44.9182; -93.3248Coordinates: 44°55′06″N 93°19′29″W / 44.9182°N 93.3248°W / 44.9182; -93.3248
Information
TypePublic secondary (formerly 7–12)
MottoInspiring Excellence in Arts and Academics
Established1940
School districtMinneapolis Public Schools
PrincipalWilliam Smith[1]
Asst. PrincipalRasheedah N. Ali, Sue Mortensen, Dawn Reilley[1]
Faculty79[2]
Grades9–12
Number of students1,746[3]
CampusUrban
Color(s)          Purple and White
AthleticsMinneapolis City Conference
MascotLakers (formerly the Indians)
USNWR ranking720 (2013)[2]
Newspaper'The Anchor (formerly The Southwesterner, The Channel, and The Arrow)
Website
 
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Southwest High School
Location
3414 West 47th Street
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Coordinates44°55′06″N 93°19′29″W / 44.9182°N 93.3248°W / 44.9182; -93.3248Coordinates: 44°55′06″N 93°19′29″W / 44.9182°N 93.3248°W / 44.9182; -93.3248
Information
TypePublic secondary (formerly 7–12)
MottoInspiring Excellence in Arts and Academics
Established1940
School districtMinneapolis Public Schools
PrincipalWilliam Smith[1]
Asst. PrincipalRasheedah N. Ali, Sue Mortensen, Dawn Reilley[1]
Faculty79[2]
Grades9–12
Number of students1,746[3]
CampusUrban
Color(s)          Purple and White
AthleticsMinneapolis City Conference
MascotLakers (formerly the Indians)
USNWR ranking720 (2013)[2]
Newspaper'The Anchor (formerly The Southwesterner, The Channel, and The Arrow)
Website

Southwest High School is a public high school in the Linden Hills neighborhood of Minneapolis, Minnesota. It is part of the Minneapolis Public Schools district. Southwest is ranked #720 in the nation and #11 in Minnesota by U.S. News & World Report.[2] Southwest offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.

History[edit]

Southwest High School was opened in 1940 with the main entrance at Beard Avenue South and West 47th Street.[4] The school drew 841 students from Minneapolis, Edina and Richfield its first year.[5] Two additions were made to the original structure, the first opening in 1956 and the second (Southwest Junior High) in 1968.[5]

With the reorganization of Minneapolis schools in 1982, Southwest returned to just grades 9–12, with seventh and eighth graders going to Anwatin or Anthony Middle Schools. Most of the students who attended West High School were transferred to Southwest when it was closed the same year.[citation needed]

In 1987, the International Baccalaureate Programme began at Southwest.[6] Currently, all 9th and 10th grade students follow the IB Middle Years Programme curriculum.[7]

Mascot change[edit]

In 1987, Southwest High School was one of the first high schools in the country to stop using a Native American for its mascot and nickname.[citation needed] The Southwest student body voted to change the nickname of the school from the Indians to the Lakers.[8]

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Welcome to Southwest High School!". Retrieved November 21, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "Southwest High School in MINNEAPOLIS, MN". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved November 21, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Southwest High School". Minneapolis Public Schools. Retrieved November 21, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Southwest-Southwest Community". Retrieved November 21, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "History and Facts about SWHS". Retrieved November 21, 2012. 
  6. ^ "IB Profile Southwest 07-08". Retrieved November 21, 2012. 
  7. ^ "IB Middle Years Program". Retrieved November 21, 2012. 
  8. ^ Neff, Craig (February 1, 1988). "Scorecard-A SIGN OF CHANGE". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved November 21, 2012. 

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