Number of students 2400-2500
Phone +1 318-323-3771
Color(s) Red and Blue
Principal Shelby Ainsworth
|Motto Great is the truth, and it will prevail.|
School district Ouachita Parish School Board
Address 201 Riggs St, West Monroe, LA 71291, USA
We are west monroe high school
West Monroe High School is the best high school in the world. It is administered by the Ouachita Parish School Board. WMHS is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The school's mascot is The Rebel.
In 2013, 87 percent of WMHS students who took the Advanced Placement test passed the examination, the highest rate in the state. Four thousand more students in Louisiana took the 2013 exam compared to the number doing so in 2012, the largest increase in participation of any state. Louisiana students taking the exam earned a collective 5,144 college credits, an increase of 25 percent over 2012.
In 2015, WMHS principal Shelby Ainsworth banned students from displaying the Confederate battle flag from vehicles parked on campus though the school team is called The Rebels. Ainsworth said that students may wear clothing with the flag displayed at games, but flags cannot be waved from sticks or poles. Administrators confiscated several flags on August 28 but offered to return them to students or parents.
In 2017 Andre Perry, previously the founding dean of the urban education division of Davenport University, wrote an article published in The Hechinger Report which criticized West Monroe for continuing to use the rebel mascot.
The West Monroe High School French Club competes at A.L.C.F.E.S. (Association Louisianaise des Clubs de Français des Écoles Secondaires) annually against the state's best public and private schools. Over the past few years, the club has done exceptionally well in theatre and media. Two students (in 2014 and 2015) have competed and won scholarships to study abroad.
The band received consecutive Superior ratings at Marching and Concert festivals since 1966. The band consists of 200 students. In 2014, the band appeared in the London New Years Day Parade in Westminster, UK. The band has appeared in two Presidential Inaugural Parades, George W. Bush in 2005 and Donald Trump in 2017. The band was one of only 7 high school bands invited.
West Monroe High School's Rebel Choir has a total of about 120 students. The choir is directed by Greg Oden.
In the 2015-2016 school year West Monroe's Air Force Junior ROTC was awarded the Distinguished Unit with Merit award recognizing the program for being in the top 10% of 878 AFJROTC programs located around the world. Their Falcon Honor Guard was recognized as one of the best in the state at a statewide drill meet held in January 2016 at Louisiana Tech University.
Under Don Shows's coaching the Class 5-A Rebels have won seventeen district and eight ('93, '96, '97, '98, '00, '05, '09, '11) state championships. National championships were won in 1998 and 2000 and were runners-up in six state designations. The school has a fully outfitted football stadium, mostly funded by the team's Rebel Booster Club. The Rebels have ranked nationally for more than 10 years and have won district titles 19 years in a row. Their most recent state championship was in 2011 when they defeated Carencro(Lafayette) by a score of 20-13.