West Lutheran High School marks 25th year
The school, supported by WELS and ELS congregations, began in a west suburban church building.
Before 1979, there was no West Lutheran High School. In September of that year there were twelve students, in grades 9-10. They met at Cross Lutheran Church in Rockford, Minnesota.
Twenty-five years later, following 18 years in rented space, the school which is supported by WELS and ELS congregations in the metro area, has reached an enrollment of 240, offers classes in grades 9-12, and owns a new building at 3350 Harbor Lane in Plymouth, Minnesota.
The explosion in size is illustrated by the growth in supporting congregations. There are now 17 of them, some WELS, others ELS. Students currently come from 58 different congregations in the metro area. They represent 44 communities.
There are also several foreign exchange students who are currently enrolled.
Founders of the school established the mission statement, “Preparing youth as disciples of Christ for dedicated service to their Savior.”
Acting on the mission statement, the school offers daily religion classes and devotions, and considers these to be at the heart of the curriculum. Students at West study the basics — English, mathematics, sciences, history and music. Electives include art, computer-aided drafting, Latin, German and Spanish.
The school also offers honors math and chemistry, as well as advanced-placement history.
Extra curricular activities now include eight sports — basketball, soccer, softball, volleyball, football, track, golf and baseball. Most students participate in one of the school’s four choral groups or in concert band, jazz band, or pep band.
Since moving to the Plymouth campus, the school has experienced some challenges. There is a shortage of adequate parking for events. School leaders are about to launch a capital campaign to purchase nearby land for more parking. And, parking on campus will be freed up when the currently-existing soccer and baseball fields are relocated, to a site where a football and track field is presently being developed.
An all-school reunion is planned at West on May 8. For more information about that event, or about the school, call 763/509-0861.