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Encyclopedia > Westfield High School (Fairfax County, Virginia)

Westfield High School

Established 2000
School type Public school
Principal Tim Thomas
Staff Approximately 300
Address 4700 Stonecroft Boulevard
Chantilly, Virginia 20151
Enrollment 3,232
Athletic Conferences Concorde District
Northern Region
Athletics 17 varsity,
2 club sports
Colors Black and gold
Mascot Bulldog
Homepage Official Site

Westfield High School is a public secondary school in Chantilly, Virginia. It is a part of Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), serving students from the communities including Chantilly and Centreville as well as areas with Herndon addresses in grades 9-12. Opened in 2000, it is the head of the Westfield High School Pyramid in Cluster VIII. At 3,232 students, it is the largest 4-year high school in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Image File history File links Whs. ... This article is about the year 2000. ... The term public school has different (and in some cases contradictory) meanings due to regional differences. ... The AAA Concorde District is a high school conference in the state of Virginia that includes schools exclusively from Fairfax County. ... The Northern Region is one of the four AAA regions in the Virginia High School League. ... Chantilly is an unincorporated community located in western Fairfax County, in the Commonwealth of Virginia. ... The Fairfax County Public Schools system (abbreviated FCPS) is a branch of the Fairfax County, Virginia county government, and administers public schools in the Northern Virginia localities of Fairfax County and the City of Fairfax. ... Chantilly is an unincorporated community located in western Fairfax County, in the Commonwealth of Virginia. ... Centreville is an unincorporated community in Fairfax County, Virginia, United States. ... Herndon is the third-largest town in Fairfax County, Virginia, United States. ... Official language(s) English Capital Richmond Largest city Virginia Beach Area  Ranked 35th  - Total 42,793 sq mi (110,862 km²)  - Width 200 miles (320 km)  - Length 430 miles (690 km)  - % water 7. ...


Westfield also has the second highest grade average in the county, and nearly half of all students at Westfield are on the honor roll. In 2002, the school was listed in the Newsweek magazine as the 46th best high school in America due to its high percentage of students enrolled in Advanced Placement (AP) classes.[1] Westfield shares a business partnership with Northrop Grumman's Intelligence Group that entails sharing of buildings, as well as financial donations and gifts of supplies. The Newsweek logo Newsweek is a weekly news magazine published in New York City and distributed throughout the United States and internationally. ... Advanced Placement (AP) is the term used to describe high school classes that are taught at a college level. ... The Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) is an aerospace and defense conglomerate that is the result of a 1994 merger between Northrop and Grumman. ...

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Buildings and lands

Finished in 2000 after a $54-million construction, Westfield is located on some 159 acres and is composed of the main building (the "school"), the sports complex including all fields, and the parking lots. The main building currently is comprised of two levels, with seven main hallways for the classrooms on each level. There are also 34 trailers located around the school. The hallways are listed alphabetically from A-R. The heart of the school is the library and media center which currently holds over 21,000 books with room for an additional 4,000. There are over 40 computer stations for student use in the library.


There are four computer labs in Westfield, two on each level, making it among the most technologically advanced of any FCPS high school at the time it was built. There are 1,545 computers at Westfield as of June 2006, and all departments will have their own mobile laptop labs by the 2006-2007 school year.


Beyond the main building, there is the sprawling Westfield Sports Complex, including the football stadium, a baseball field, a softball field, four tennis courts, a track which encircles a field for track and field, soccer, and lacrosse, and multiple practice fields. Adjacent to the complex is the Cub Run RECenter, home to Westfield's swim and dive team, although it is not part of the school. A baseball field is a playing field used for baseball. ... Softball is a team sport in which a ball, eleven to twelve inches (or rarely, 16 inches) (28 to 30. ... A tennis courts dimension A tennis court is where a game of tennis is played. ... Athletics, also known as track and field or track and field athletics, is a collection of sport events. ... Football is a ball game played between two teams of eleven players, each attempting to win by scoring more goals than their opponent. ... The Dive Shot. A womens lacrosse player carries the ball past a defender. ...

Progress of the new wing construction during the winter.
Progress of the new wing construction during the winter.

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Additions

The building design for Westfield provided for a capacity of 2,500 students, a number that was reached in its third year of opening. By the 2005-2006 academic year, 34 trailers filled the parking lot originally designated for faculty and staff along with additional ground space surrounding the school's main building.


In April 2003, FCPS proposed a bond referendum for the construction of a 24-room addition to Westfield's main building to alleviate the rapid growth of the student population. The bond referendum provided for the construction of the new addition at a cost of $8.7 million.[2] The bond was approved in November of the same year, and construction for the massive new wing began in summer of 2005. It has two levels and a basement and houses most of the award-winning aerospace program. Due to Westfield's overpopulation, however, 18 trailers will remain.


Academics

Westfield's faculty is divided into 9 departments: English, Fine and Performing Arts, Foreign Language, Health and Physical Education, Mathematics, Professional and Technical Studies, Science, Social Studies, and Special Education.


As one of 16 Fairfax County high schools that offer the Advanced Placement (AP) Program, Westfield will offer 22 of the 32 AP courses that are offered by the College Board as of the 2006-2007 school year. (The other 8 high schools are designated for the International Baccalaureate Program). In addition, the curriculum also offers Honors courses to prepare students for the rigorous workload associated with AP courses. Advanced Placement (AP) is the term used to describe high school classes that are taught at a college level. ... The International Baccalaureate (IB) is a group of three educational programmes, as established by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO). ...


Fairfax County's academy system also allows Westfield students to take alternate classes at Chantilly, Edison, Fairfax, Marshall, and West Potomac high schools with transportation provided. Chantilly High School Chantilly High School (CHS) of Chantilly, Virginia is located in Fairfax County, Virginia and is part of the Fairfax County Public Schools system. ... // About Thomas Edison High School Thomas A. Edison High School is a secondary school in Fairfax County, Virginia, administered by Fairfax County Public Schools. ... Introduction Fairfax High School is a Fairfax County Public high school located in Fairfax City, Virginia. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... West Potomac High School West Potomac High School (formerly Groveton High School) is a public secondary school in Alexandria, Virginia. ...


When the school opened, Westfield possessed the newest computer labs and electronic equipment in the county. Westfield's Aerospace Science class is the only one of its kind in FCPS, and its Television Production Lab is the most advanced of any FCPS school. Westfield also offers among the highest number of business-related, technology, and computer classes for any FCPS school, including its notable Cooperative Education program offered by the Professional and Technical Studies department. The photography and computer graphics labs are among the most complete and advanced in FCPS and provide an extensive array of equipments available for student use. The music technology lab in the music hallway is designed for music theory, and has special software for composing music. Look up aerospace in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Braun HF 1, Germany, 1958 OT-1471 Belweder, Poland, 1957 Television is a telecommunication system for broadcasting and receiving moving pictures and sound over a distance. ... Cooperative education is a structured method of combining academic education with practical work experience. ...


The Foreign Language department offers six languages for students to study: American Sign Language, French, German, Japanese, Latin, and Spanish. Human Anatomy and Physiology is a unique course offered for Westfield science students who are interested in pursuing a career in the medical field and would like a more in-depth coverage on human systems than AP Biology. American Sign Language (ASL; less commonly Ameslan) is the dominant sign language of the Deaf community in the United States, in the English-speaking parts of Canada, and in parts of Mexico. ...


Westfield's English department provides a number of unique elective courses such as forensics and debate, film study, and a course on William Shakespeare. The Fine and Performing Arts department includes the news show Westfield Live, which daily broadcoasts information and upcoming events at or involving Westfield on the school's televisions. Debate (North American English) or debating (British English) is a formal method of interactive and position representational argument. ... Film theory debates the essence of the cinema and provides conceptual frameworks for analyzing, among other things, the film image, narrative structure, the function of film artists, the relationship of film to reality, and the film spectators position in the cinematic experience. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... It has been suggested that Cable News be merged into this article or section. ...


Extracurricular activities

"Brutus" the bulldog, Westfield High School's mascot.
"Brutus" the bulldog, Westfield High School's mascot.

Westfield is known throughout the Washington D.C. metropolitan area for its sports and fine and performing arts programs, made more notable by the fact that the school is so new. Image File history File links Whsseal. ... Image File history File links Whsseal. ...


Athletics

Westfield has athletic teams in 19 different sports: baseball, basketball, cheerleading, crew (club), cross country/track and field, dance team, field hockey, football, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey (club), lacrosse, soccer, softball, swim and dive, tennis, and volleyball. A view of the playing field at Busch Stadium II St. ... Sara Giauro shoots a three-point shot, FIBA Europe Cup for Women Finals 2005. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... A coxless pair which is a sweep-oar boat. ... The Minnesota State Highschool Cross Country Meet A cross country race in Seaside, Oregon. ... A womens 400 metre hurdles race on a typical outdoor red rubber track. ... Competitive dance is a major category or classification of danceforms or dance styles, where competition is the primary focus of the dancing. ... A game of field hockey in progress Field hockey is a popular sport for men and women in many countries around the world. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... Greg Norman on the 18th tee at St Andrews. ... Gymnastics is a sport involving the performance of sequences of movements requiring physical strength, flexibility, and kinesthetic awareness, such as handsprings, handstands, forward rolls, aerials and tucks. ... Ice hockey, known simply as hockey in areas where it is more common than field hockey, is a team sport played on ice. ... The Dive Shot. A womens lacrosse player carries the ball past a defender. ... Look up Football in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Softball is a team sport in which a ball, eleven to twelve inches (or rarely, 16 inches) (28 to 30. ... Swimming is a technique that humans and animals use to move through water using only movements of the body, often for exercise, fun and competition. ... Diving refers to the sport of acrobatically jumping or falling into water. ... A tennis net Tennis is a game played between either two players (singles) or two teams of two players (doubles). Players use a stringed racquet to strike a hollow rubber ball covered with felt over a net into the opponents court. ... Volleyball is an Olympic sport in which two teams separated by a high net use their hands, arms, or (rarely) other parts of their bodies to hit a ball back and forth over the net. ...


The school's athletic program is one of the most successful in the area, having earned numerous titles and championship berths in a wide range of varsity sports for the AAA Concorde District and AAA Northern Region since 2000. Westfield won its first Virginia AAA Football Championship in 2003, the first school to do so within its fourth year since opening. The boys' indoor track and field team earned its first Virginia AAA State Championship in 2004. One of the most successful athletics programs at Westfield is the wrestling team, having won three consecutive Concorde District Championships from 2004-2006 and placing as one of the top teams in the Northern Region. The boys' soccer team won the Concorde District and the Northern Region in 2005, overall becoming state semifinalists. The following season they advanced to be Concorde District finalists and region semifinalists. The AAA Concorde District is a high school conference in the state of Virginia that includes schools exclusively from Fairfax County. ... The Northern Region is one of the four AAA regions in the Virginia High School League. ... The Virginia High School League is the arbiter of interscholastic competition among public high schools in the Commonwealth of Virginia. ... The Virginia High School League is the arbiter of interscholastic competition among public high schools in the Commonwealth of Virginia. ...


Theatre

Westfield also boasts a theater department that has won many National Capital Area Cappies Awards with Godspell (2002) and Fiddler on the Roof (2005) for Best Musical and Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (2004) for Best Play. The Westfield Theater has also been invited to perform its own renditions of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet in 2005 and The Tempest in 2006 at the Folger Shakespeare Library, the largest and most renowned Shakespeare research facility and stage in the world. The Critics and Awards Program for High School Students or short form, The Cappies, is an American high school awards program intended to encourage students to become involved in the theater. ... Godspell album cover (1971 Original Off-Broadway Cast) Godspell is a musical based on the Gospel of Saint Matthew, transposed into a contemporary urban setting, with music and new lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and book by John-Michael Tebelak. ... Fiddler on the Roof is a well-known Broadway musical that first opened on September 22, 1964, with music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and libretto by Joseph Stein. ... Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead is a humorous, absurdist, tragic and existentialist play by Tom Stoppard, first staged at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe August 26, 1966. ... For other meanings see Romeo (disambiguation) and Juliet (disambiguation). ... Miranda and Ferdinand, Angelica Kauffmann, 1782 The Tempest is a comedy written by William Shakespeare. ... The Folger Shakespeare Library is an independent research library located on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. History Standard Oil president, then chairman of the board, Henry Clay Folger was an avid collector of Shakespeareana. ...


Music

Westfield High School has also been known for its music program, which includes band, chorus, guitar, and orchestra.


The band program is currently headed by Stephen Panoff, previously headed by Laura McBride. The band program has four bands and ensembles: Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Symphony, Jazz Band. Marching Band occurs in the summer and fall only, and is not an official class.


From 2003 to 2006, Westfield's band was named a Virginia Honor Band because both its marching band and highest concert band earned Superior ratings. The Westfield Percussion Ensemble is considered to be among the finest high school percussion-only performance groups in the country and is headed by Juilliard graduate and National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) percussionist John Kilkenny. There is also a color guard and a winter guard that perform with the marching band and in regional tournaments. The WHS Marching Band itself was noted by local TV station WUSA 9 for its exemplary talent.[3] In 2005, both Jazz Black Gold and Combo received an Excellent rating, and Jazz 1 received a Superior rating at the Chantilly Jazz Festival. Most recently, Westfield traveled to Chicago for the Heritage Music Festival, where each band that Westfield brought came in first place in their category. Additionally, the top three scores awarded to wind bands belonged to Westfield Jazz I, Wind Symphony, and Symphonic Band. The Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association (more commonly known as VBODA) is an organization of high school, middle school, and elementary school band and orchestra directors within the Commonwealth of Virginia, whose mission is to help promote opportunities of music education to K-12 students. ... The Juilliard School is a performing arts conservatory in New York City, informally but definitively identified as simply Juilliard, and most famous for its musically-trained alumni. ... The Hall of Nations in the Kennedy Center, with the banner of the NSO. The National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) in Washington DC is a major symphony orchestra that performs at the Kennedy Center. ... WUSA, W*USA 9 is the Washington, D.C. affiliate of the CBS television network. ... Chantilly High School Chantilly High School (CHS) of Chantilly, Virginia is located in Fairfax County, Virginia and is part of the Fairfax County Public Schools system. ...


Westfield's winter guard (affiliated with band) has won several awards with their show, No Grown-ups Allowed, showcasing their talent accompanied by Leonard Bernstein's Overture to Candide. Additionally, the winter guard took third place at finals in Raleigh, NC, in their competition. The Overture to Candide is the overture to Leonard Bernsteins operetta Candide. ...


The chorus program under director Jessica Lardin (B.S. in Music Education, Indiana University of Pennsylvania; Master of Music Education, Shenandoah University) is noted for their full scale productions of Carmina Burana, and Handel's Messiah in conjunction with the WHS Chamber Orchestra. They have also performed Vivaldi's Gloria. The Chamber Singers represented Westfield High School and Fairfax County Public Schools in November 2004 when they were invited to perform at the Virginia Music Educators Association State Conference for an audience of over 600 Virginia music educators. Spotlight Show Choir performed in October 2005 for Virginia Governor Mark Warner. The choirs at Westfield consistently receive Superior ratings at District Festival in all areas, including sight-singing, and are developing an impressive collection of first place and Grand Champion trophies from various competitions. In the spring, the choral program presents "Disney Dazzle," a singing and dancing revue of popular and well-known Disney songs. The choral program at Westfield High School has quickly developed a superior reputation and is a point of pride within the community it serves. Ms. Lardin is also a professional singer who frequently freelances as a soprano soloist in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area. She recently recorded a CD with the choir of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception at Rome's Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore. She also has been featured as a soloist at the National Shrine on television broadcasts. Indiana University of Pennsylvania (or IUP) is a public university located in the Borough of Indiana, Pennsylvania northeast of Pittsburgh. ... Shenandoah University Shenandoah University is a co-educational private university located in the city of Winchester, Virginia and affiliated with the United Methodist Church. ... The cover of the score to Carmina Burana showing the Wheel of Fortuna Carmina Burana is a scenic cantata composed by Carl Orff between 1935 and 1936. ... Messiah (HWV 56, 1741), is an oratorio by George Frideric Handel. ... Vivaldis Gloria in D major is a popular arrangement of the doxology, Gloria in Excelsis Deo by Antonio Vivaldi, for choir and orchestra. ... See Mark Warner (travel company) for the British travel company Mark Robert Warner (born December 15, 1954) is an American politician from the U.S. state of Virginia and a member of the Democratic Party. ... View of the east side of the basilica. ... The Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore is the largest church in Rome dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. ... View of the east side of the basilica. ...


Westfield Guitar is also an award winning program. Its Combo received straight ratings of Superior ("1"s) at the 2005 Chantilly Jazz Festival.


The orchestra is headed by Gregory Rupert, who attended Juilliard School for his graduate degree in viola performance and is the principal viola of the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra. The program includes beginning, freshman, concert, chamber, and symphony orchestras (which includes band members). Since Westfield began, every orchestra that has ever gone to Festival has received a final rating of one (a "superior" rating), the highest score possible. The Juilliard School is recognized as one of the best performing arts conservatories in the world. ... A regional orchestra based in Fairfax, Virginia started in 1957. ...


Literary publications

Westfield's English department is home to three award-winning publications:


Calliope does not only accept submissions for its literary and art magazine, but it also hosts two Coffee Houses in the fall and spring, where student bands, guitarists, and poets perform live. Each year, it also hosts a film festival for videos made by Westfield students.


The Guardian yearbook in particular has been awarded numerous awards, including the Yearbook Pacemaker Award [4] by the National Scholastic Press Association and the Silver Crown [5] from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. The National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1921 for high school and secondary school publications in the United States. ... Logo of the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. ...


The Watchdog newspaper has received a Superior rating from the Southern Interscholastic Press Association, and a Gold Medal Certificate in 2004 from Columbia Scholastic Press Association. It also has one of the largest circulations for a high school newspaper in the western Fairfax County area because the newspaper is mailed home to families of students free of charge. The Southern Interscholastic Press Association (SIPA) is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to promote journalistic professionalism by public schools in the Southeast. ...


Clubs and organizations

Honor societies at Westfield include: National Honor Society, National Art Honor Society, English Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, French National Honor Society, German National Honor Society (Delta Epsilon Phi), Japanese Honor Society, National Latin Honor Society, History Honor Society, Mathematics Honor Society (Mu Alpha Theta), Science Honor Society, Tri-M (Modern Music Masters), International Thespian Society, and the Quill & Scroll Society. The NHS Logo Started in 1921, the National Honor Society, or NHS, is an organization whose intent is to recognize middle and high school students in the United States and across the world. ... Spanish National Honor Society (Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica)? See also National Honor Society French National Honor Society External links Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica Categories: Honor society stubs | Organization stubs | Honor societies ... The French National Honor Society (French: La Société Honoraire de Français) is an organization whose intent is to recognize high school students in the United States who have maintained excellent grades in at least two years of French language courses; this is done by induction into the organization. ... The German National Honor Society (also known as Delta Epsilon Phi), is an honor society for outstanding students of the German language. ... Mu Alpha Theta is a national mathematics honor society with over 65,000 student members in more than 1,400 schools worldwide. ... Tri-M, or Modern Music Masters, is a high school music honor society. ... The International Thespian Society, affiliated with the Educational Theater Association, works to promote the quality of high school theater around the world. ...


Both Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA-PBL) and Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) have their own chapters for business and marketing students. FBLA-PBL members compete in regional, state, and national competitions in business-related categories. The DECA chapter, along with chapters at South County Secondary and Woodson High School, have begun a pilot G.O.A.L. (Gaining Occupational Awareness and Learning) Zone internship program between FCPS schools and D.C. United.[6] Logo of FBLA-PBL, Inc. ... DECA (formerly the Distributive Education Clubs of America) is an international association of students and teachers of marketing, management and entrepreneurship. ... South County Secondary School South County Secondary School is a secondary school in Lorton, Virginia, part of the Fairfax County Public Schools system, opened in September 2005. ... W.T. Woodson High School Wilbert Tucker Woodson High School (W.T. Woodson High School) is a secondary school located in Fairfax County, Virginia on 9525 Main St. ... Year founded 1995 League Major League Soccer Nickname Black-and-Red Stadium RFK Stadium Coach Tom Soehn, 2006— Owner D.C. United Holdings First Game San Jose Clash 1–0 D.C. United (Spartan Stadium; April 6, 1996) Largest Win 6–1, once; 5–0, 4 times Worst Defeat Kansas...


There are several academic teams competing in regional tournaments as part of the Virginia High School League (VHSL). Westfield's It's Academic team annually competes in tournaments hosted by the VHSL and NBC 4 (WRC-TV) as well as tournaments hosted by other area schools. The team won its first television match on NBC 4 in the show's 44th season after only its third appearance. Fielding one of the largest student participation in the county, the Junior Varsity and Varsity Mathematics League teams regularly compete in the Virginia Mathematics League (VAML) and Fairfax County Mathematics League (FCML). The Science Club holds after-school experiments that all students can participate in, and Science Olympiad team annually competes in the Division C state tournament and has won several medals. The Fellowship of Christian Athletes annually sponsors See You at the Pole for students and faculty to gather in the morning for a public prayer. The Virginia High School League is the arbiter of interscholastic competition among public high schools in the Commonwealth of Virginia. ... Its Academic is a televised academic quiz competition for high school students, currently airing on NBC affiliates in Washington, DC (WRC-TV), Charlottesville, Virginia (WVIR), and Baltimore, Maryland (WJZ). ... WRC-TV NBC4 is an NBC owned and operated television station in Washington, DC. Owned by NBC Universal, the station broadcasts its analog signal on channel 4 and its digital television signal on channel 48. ... Official logo Science Olympiad is a primarily American elementary, middle school, or high school team competition that requires knowledge of various science topics and engineering ability. ... Mission The Fellowship of Christian Athletes is a not-for-profit organization that has been based in Kansas City, Missouri since 1956. ... See You at the Pole (SYATP) is an annual gathering of Christian students of all ages at a flagpole in front of their local school for prayer, scriputre-reading and hymn-singing, all during an early morning hour preceding the start of the school day. ...


The Westfield Debate Team has previously won first place in the Washington-Arlington Catholic Forensic League Congress Metrofinals and earned distinctions in district and regional competitions. In 2006, it won 2nd Place in the State Student Congress Finals.


Westfield also has had an Odyssey of the Mind team in the 2003-2004 school year as well as the 2004-2005 school year. Both years, the Westfield team won the regional competition, placed in the state competition and went on to compete in the World Finals. Odyssey of the Mind (often called OotM and OM, but see below) is a creative problem-solving competition involving students from kindergarten though college. ...


Northern Virginia's New Life Christian Church holds one of its Sunday ministries at Westfield.


Demographics

Of 3,195 students (2005-2006), Westfield's demographics is 63% White, 16% Asian, 9% Hispanic, 8% Black, 3% mulitracial, and 1% other.


Other

Portrait of the WHS Bulldog
Portrait of the WHS Bulldog

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School songs

Westfield currently has two school songs: the fight song Hail Westfield with lyrics by Robert McBride, the husband of the school's first Band Director, Laura McBride, and the school alma mater Black and Gold, written by Choral Director Jessica Lardin. A fight song is primarily a sports term, referring to a song associated with a team. ... Alma mater is Latin for nourishing mother. It was used in ancient Rome as a title for the mother goddess, and in Medieval Christianity for the Virgin Mary. ...

Hail Westfield
Hail, the very best of Westfield,
The mighty Bulldogs have arrived.
We have the will and the might
for leading the pack,
You'll feel the bite of the Gold and Black.
Hail the very best of Westfield,
We never hide our Bulldog Pride.
Every Dog has its day, and
We're here to stay
You've got the Bull (Go!) Dogs (Go!) On (Go!) Your (Go!) Side!
Black and Gold
Words and Music by Jessica E. Lardin, Copyright 2002 by Jessica E. Lardin
Westfield High, we pledge that we will always true and faithful be.
Vision and purpose abide for all, made manifest in hallowed halls.
Friendships, challenges, dreams and goals change our lives and better our souls.
Highest standards we uphold. Now we honor Black and Gold.
Days go by and still we see that excellence remains the key.
New traditions blossom here, and they flourish year by year.
As we grow and learn we find, we are Westfield--heart and mind.
As our future paths unfold, we'll remember Black and Gold.

State champions

Virginia State Championships (Teams)
Year Sport/Competition
2003-2004 AAA Football Division VI
2003-2004 AAA Boys Track
2003-2004 Theatre One Act Play Festival
Virginia State Champions (Individuals)
Name Year Sport/Competition Event
Laura Ullrich 2001 Swim Butterfly
Richard Eddy 2001 Swim Breaststroke
Yeng Lan Beller 2003 Swim Backstroke
Yeng Lan Beller 2004 Swim Butterfly
Kathryn Pettine 2003 Indoor Track and Field Pole Vault
David Groff 2004 Indoor Track and Field 1000 Meter Run
Scott Seymour 2004 Forensics Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking
Scott Seymour 2004 Debate Student Congress
Louis Corum 2004 Track and Field 300 Meter Hurdles
Betsy Alter 2005 Track and Field Pole Vault
Lauren Burt 2005 Debate Student Congress

Criticisms

  • An ongoing criticism with Westfield is that is grossly over-populated. The building was designed for approximately 2500 students, yet by its second year was overcrowded. Many people were dismayed to learn that when Westfield had its grand opening in 2000, the towns of Centreville and Chantilly had grown so large, that another high school should have been built do deal with the number of students. Currently there are over 3150 students, and 34 trailers to house the 650 excess students. Even after the new wing is finished, roughly 14 trailers will stay. In a few years, some communities of Westfield will be re-zoned to the South Lakes High School district in Reston, Virginia, and to Oakton High School, in Vienna, Virginia.
  • In 2004, Westfield complied with the FCPS tightened dress code with its administration giving out citations and detentions to violators. Many students criticized this as a restriction of students' free speech. Immediately following the implementation of this policy all students and teachers began what became a long-standing tradition of ignoring it.
  • Due to a 2004 incident, students on trips are not allowed to bring their own drinks on to the buses. The main reason behind this was that the school administrators thought that the students might bring dangerous chemicals, or as was the case in 2004, alcohol. This practice has been criticized as those involved with the original incident were in the minority, were duly punished, and have since graduated from Westfield. Many students feel as such there is no need to continue this practice, and that it promotes dehydration.
  • In spring of 2005, Westfield High School won a contest from local radio station DC101 for the band Taking Back Sunday to perform free in the school gym. When FCPS ruled that the concert in question would not be permissible due to paperwork, there was a student outcry. Among the many arguments included one pertaining to the number of school pep rallies per year, which in turn, FCPS investigated, and subsequently limited the number during school hours. In a further response there was an online student petition for more pep rallies during school hours, and the infamous "Taking Back Tuesday" unofficial student protest and skip day, which led to a number of suspensions.
  • Starting with early 2006, Westfield High School administration has increased its tardy regulations, including random, unannounced "lockdowns" of doors to prevent entry to classrooms, so that tardy students must go report to administration, automatic detention, and possible suspension. Many students have deemed these as too harsh, and in response petitions were circulated against the new tardy regulations.
  • In 2006, Westfield High School's administrative staff was under much scrutiny; and received severe criticism from many families in the Westfield community for their negative attitudes toward minorities. Racism was a key topic that was brought up in one meeting of families.
  • The Parent Teacher Student Association (or PTSA) has come under criticism for focusing and emphasizing certain programs at the expense of others; notably the All Night After Prom Party.

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Notable alumni

  • Riddhi Dasgupta '03 - Author of Changing Face of the Law: A Global Perspective[7], attending Columbia University.
  • Michael Kennedy '05 - Shot and killed two police officers and wounded another before turning on himself outside the Sully district Fairfax County police station in Chantilly, Virginia. Kennedy suffered from mental illness.[9]
  • Jummy Olabanji '02 - News Reporter at WCAV CBS 19 and WVAW-LP ABC 16 in Charlottesville, VA.[10]
  • Eddie Royal '04 - Flanker for Virginia Tech football.[11]
  • Brandon Snyder '05 - 13th best prospect for MLB's 2005 amateur draft and drafted into the minor league by the Bluefield Orioles.[13]

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Trivia

  • Westfield High School is located within Fairfax County, which has the second-highest median household income in the US.
  • Westfield is also a member of the largest public-school bus system in the nation, recently overcoming New York City and Los Angeles, in the US with currently over 55 buses servicing the school daily.
  • Westfield High School shares a tough rivalry with neighboring Centreville, Chantilly, and Oakton high schools in terms of sports, especially football, and music programs.
  • On November 16, 2002, a tremendous downpour postponed a Westfield Varsity Football game against rival Centreville for the Concorde District championships. Coach Tom Verbanic, desperate to keep the game on time, had the field covered with tarps, and then hired a helicopter in an attempt to dry the field. Several thousand dollars later, the game was still postponed, until November 18 with Westfield losing. The use of the helicopter for drying grass was later criticized heavily.[16]
  • Westfield's school mascot is Brutus the Bulldog.

Fairfax County is a county located in the Commonwealth of Virginia. ... Centreville High School Centreville High School is a public high school located in Clifton, Virginia of western Fairfax County. ... Chantilly High School Chantilly High School (CHS) of Chantilly, Virginia is located in Fairfax County, Virginia and is part of the Fairfax County Public Schools system. ... Oakton High School is a public high school in Vienna, Virginia, in the United States. ... Centreville High School Centreville High School is a public high school located in Clifton, Virginia of western Fairfax County. ...

References

  1. ^ "Local Schools Rank Among Country's Best". Schools Ranked By AP/IB Test Takers. NBC 4. 2003.
  2. ^ "2003 Bond Referendum". Fairfax County Public Schools, Department of Facilities and Transportation Services. April 24, 2003.
  3. ^ "Band of the Week". Westfield H.S., Fairfax Co. WUSA 9. 2004.
  4. ^ "2005 NSPA Yearbook Pacemaker Winners". National Scholastic Press Association. 2006.
  5. ^ "2005 Scholastic Crown Recipients". CSPA presents 48 Gold, 64 Silver Crowns at 2005 Scholastic Awards Convocation. Columbia Scholastic Press Association. 2006.
  6. ^ "Fairfax County Public Schools G.O.A.L. Zone Program". D.C. United.
  7. ^ "Interview: Riddhi Dasgupta & Changing Face of the Law". American Constitution Society, Columbia Law School. March 13, 2006.
  8. ^ "7 - Sean Glennon". Official Site of the Virginia Tech Hokies. 2006.
  9. ^ "Sully Station Open House a Time for Thanksgiving, Remembrance". The Washington Post. October 8, 2006.
  10. ^ "Local Churches Give Back in Big Way by Jummy Olabanji". November, 2006.
  11. ^ "4 - Eddie Royal". Official Site of the Virginia Tech Hokies. 2006.
  12. ^ "#22 Evan Royster". Official Home of Penn State Athletics. 2006.
  13. ^ "Orioles select Snyder with first pick". Catcher is son of former MLB pitcher Brian Snyder. Baltimore Orioles. June 7, 2005.
  14. ^ "Model United States House of Representatives". DCVote.org. 2006.
  15. ^ (Chinese) "Photo: 7th World Wushu Championships". SINA.com. November 5, 2003.
  16. ^ "No. 11 Westfield Goes to the Air". The Washington Post. November 12, 2002.

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