Southwest High School (Minnesota)
|Southwest High School|
3414 West 47th Street
|Motto||Inspiring Excellence in Arts and Academics|
|School district||Minneapolis Public Schools|
|Principal||Valerie Littles-Butler |
|Teaching staff||106.14 (on a FTE basis)|
|Student to teacher ratio||18.12|
|Hours in school day||8:30 AM to 3:00 PM|
|Color(s)||Purple, White, and Black|
|Fight song||Southwest Victory|
|Athletics conference||Minneapolis City Conference|
|Rival||Washburn High School|
|Feeder schools||4 elementary schools (Kenny, Lake Harriet Upper/Lower, Armatage, & Windom) feed into Anthony M.S. and then Southwest H.S.|
Southwest High School is a four-year comprehensive public high school located in the Linden Hills neighborhood of Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States. It is one of 10 high schools in the Minneapolis Public Schools district. Southwest offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.
Construction for Southwest High School began in 1938, and the school was opened in 1940, with the main entrance at Beard Avenue South and West 47th Street. The school drew 841 students from Minneapolis, Edina and Richfield its first year. Several additions were made to the original structure. The first, a second gymnasium and several new classrooms in an area later known as the "North" building, opened in 1956; additionally, Southwest became a 7-12 school that same year. The second, was an entirely new building that became Southwest Junior High and was connected via a single hallway, opening in 1968; the new building containing another gymnasium, a new library, and a pool. With the new gymnasium in the "East" building, the gymnasium in the original structure was turned into a 700-seat auditorium.
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.
Also 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. The Southwest student body voted to change the nickname of the school from the Indians to the Lakers.
In 1998–1999, the classrooms in the North building were enlarged to become science laboratories. This same renovation included more new classrooms, a new gymnasium floor, and bleachers.
In 2006, a new equipment and weight lifting area was designed in the vocational north end of the main building. Over the next few years, the entire interior structure of the auditorium was removed starting with the concrete floor and ending with the new roof. The original stage and part of the original gym floor, now the orchestra pit, are all that remain of the previous structure. A new audio-video control booth, catwalks, seating, and acoustic walls were added, as well.
In 2016, the Minneapolis school board approved a $47+ million renovation which would add a new building and let the school have space for 450 new students. The renovation was completed for the 2016–17 school year and added 20 new classrooms to the school building. The new 60,346 square foot building was constructed between the original east (Southwest Junior High building) and west buildings. As a part of the renovation, 12,400 square feet of the east building was demolished. The main offices of the school were moved to the new structure, and a large part of the 60,346 square foot building was the new 10,000 square foot lunch room. The renovation also included mechanical upgrades like air conditioning that classrooms in the school had never had before.
On March 14, 2018, exactly one month after the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, students at Southwest participated in a nationwide walkout to honor the victims of the shooting and protest gun violence. During the walkout a student showed up waving a "Trump" flag and yelling racial slurs, prompting several of his fellow students to chase him down, take his flag, and assault him. The student sustained minor injuries and a camera he was holding was damaged. Minneapolis Police claimed that a school resource officer stopped the confrontation.
The demographic breakdown of the 1,757 students enrolled in 2015–2016 was:
- Male – 48.7%
- Female – 51.3%
- Native American/Alaskan – 1.0%
- Asian/Pacific islanders – 5.5%
- Black – 26.0%
- Hispanic – 10.1%
- White – 57.0%
- Multiracial – 0.4%
This article's list of alumni may not follow Wikipedia's verifiability policy. (March 2017)
- Dorothy Benham – Miss America 1977
- Tom Chorske – professional ice hockey player
- Dessa Darling – hip hop artist, poet, writer
- Peter Graves – actor
- Dylan Keefe – bass guitarist of Marcy Playground
- Ken Rizer – Iowa state representative
- Marion Ross – actress
- Matthew Santos – musician
- Palbasha Siddique – singer
- Matt Smaby – professional ice hockey player
- Jake Sullivan – National Security Advisor for President Joe Biden
- John Taft – professional ice hockey player
- Lizz Winstead – comedian, Daily Show co-creator
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