Plano West Senior High School

Plano West Senior High School (commonly West, Plano West, or PWSH) is a public high school in Plano, Texas serving high school juniors and seniors. The school is part of the Plano Independent School District, and enrolls students based on the locations of students' homes. Students at Plano West attended one of two high schools: Jasper or Shepton. Plano West is accredited by the Texas Education Agency, which designates the school as "Recognized." The school colors are royal blue, black, and white, and the mascot is the wolf. The school is ranked as 22nd in the nation, and as the #1 comprehensive high school in the State of Texas, according to Newsweek's 2016 list of best public high schools.[2]

Plano West Senior High School
5601 West Parker Road


Coordinates33°02′37″N 96°48′48″W
TypePublic high school
MottoLeading With Pride
Established1999 (1999)
School districtPlano Independent School District
PrincipalJanis Williams
Teaching staff160.58 (FTE) (2017–18)[1]
Enrollment2,765 (2017–18)[1]
Student to teacher ratio17.22:1 (2017–18)[1]
Color(s)     Royal blue
RivalsPlano Senior High School, Plano East Senior High School
Feeder schoolsJasper and Shepton


Plano West offers all Advanced Placement courses except Japanese Language and Culture and Italian Language and Culture; the courses Human Geography, European History and World History are offered at the 9-10 feeder schools. Plano West additionally offers concurrent enrollment courses through Collin College.[3] 56% percent of Plano West students are enrolled in at least one Advanced Placement course, above the Plano ISD average of 32% and Texas average of 20%.[4] The school currently offers many courses in agriculture, early childhood education, home economics, journalism, fashion design, drafting, and clinical rotation.[5]

Plano West was ranked 22nd in the nation (#1 in Texas) in Newsweek's Top Public High Schools 2016.

Students in the class of 2013 achieved an average composite SAT score of 1725 (out of 2400) and a mean ACT score of 26.1 (out of 36).[6] AP students at Plano West earned an average score of 4.00 (out of 5) on AP exams administered by the College Board.[2] In 2013, Plano West students took 3,170 AP exams, and passed 87% of those exams.[6]


The mascot is the wolf, a departure from the feline mascots of the other two senior high schools in Plano (the Plano Wildcats and the Plano East Panthers).

The Plano West Wolves compete in the following sports:[7]


Girls Soccer State Championship Games[8]
Year Winning Team Losing Team Location (all in Texas) Class
2000 Plano West 2 Katy Taylor 1 Round Rock ISD Stadium, Round Rock 5A
2001 Plano West 3 Katy Taylor 0 Round Rock ISD Stadium, Round Rock 5A
2002 Plano West 3 Humble Kingwood 0 Round Rock ISD Stadium, Round Rock 5A
2007 Plano West 3 Deer Park 0 Round Rock ISD Stadium, Round Rock 5A
2012 Plano West 1 Katy Seven Lakes 0 Birkelbach Field, Georgetown 5A
2013 Plano West 4 Southlake Carroll 1 Birkelbach Field, Georgetown 5A
Girls Basketball State Championship Games[9]
Year Winning Team Losing Team Location (all in Texas) Class
2006 Plano West 54 Rockwall 47 Frank Erwin Center, Austin 5A
Boys Basketball State Championship Games[10]
Year Winning Team Losing Team Location (all in Texas) Class
2015 Plano West 56 Clear Lake 54 Alamodome, San Antonio 6A
Hockey State Championship Games[11]
Year Winning Team Losing Team Location (all in Texas)
2004 Plano West 2 Clear Lake High School 1 Deja Blue Arena, Frisco
2005 Plano West 1 Highland Park High School 0 Deja Blue Arena, Frisco
2007 Plano West 2 Allen High School 1 (OT) Deja Blue Arena, Frisco
2011 Plano West 4 Southlake Carroll 2 Starscenter, Farmers Branch
2012 Plano West 4 (OT) Arlington High School 3 Starscenter, Farmers Branch
2014 Plano West 6 Plano Senior 3 Starscenter, Farmers Branch
Team Tennis State Championship Matches[12]
Year Winning Team Losing Team Location (all in Texas) Class
2001 Plano West 10 El Paso Coronado 8 Lakeway World of Tennis, Austin 5A
2004 Plano West 10 Austin Westlake 5 Lakeway World of Tennis, Austin 5A
2005 Plano West 11 San Antonio Churchill 5 Lakeway World of Tennis, Austin 5A
2006 Plano West 11 Austin Westlake 6 Lakeway World of Tennis, Austin 5A
2016 Plano West 10 Houston Memorial 6 Texas A&M University, College Station 6A
Baseball State Championship Games[13]
Year Winning Team Losing Team Location (all in Texas) Class
2008 Plano West 10 Southlake Carroll 8 Dell Diamond, Round Rock 5A


The Plano West Chamber Orchestra is made up of approximately 40 musicians. It has won 1st place in the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Honor Orchestra competition (recognizing the top high school string orchestras in Texas) 5 consecutive times, in 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, and 2010 (TMEA rules prohibit a school from entering the competition the year after it has won), along with several top-5 finishes from 2011-2015. The orchestra received the TMEA "Honor Orchestra" designation again in 2016 and 2019. [14] The orchestra has also been featured on the Disney Channel series "Totally in Tune" which aired in 2001. In 2005, the orchestra won a Cappie Award for Outstanding Pit Orchestra in a musical for the school production of Les Misérables.

The Choir Program performs at the annual Texas Music Educators Association Convention.

The Plano West Mighty Wolf Band has a marching and concert season and also has a winterguard program. In the 2009–2010 school year, the band had approximately 95 members; by 2015-2016, this had increased to about 195.

In 2011, The Plano West Music Program was named Gold Grammy Signature School. Plano West was one of only seven gold level award recipients. The award recognizes top U.S. public high schools making an outstanding commitment to music education.[15]

Notable alumni

See also


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  2. Streib, Lauren (May 6, 2013). "America's Best High Schools". Newsweek. Retrieved May 6, 2013.
  3. "Plano West Academics". Retrieved May 10, 2012.
  4. "Plano West Senior HS - ProPublica". Retrieved May 10, 2012.
  5. "Plano West Senior High School - Campus Profile". Retrieved May 10, 2012.
  6. "Plano West Profile". Plano West Senior High. Retrieved September 10, 2013.
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  8. Staff Reports. "UIL Girls Soccer Champions". Dallas Morning News.
  9. Staff Reports. "UIL Girls Basketball Champions". Dallas Morning News.
  10. Staff Reports. "UIL Boys Basketball Champions". UIL.
  11. "AT&T Metroplex High School Hockey Stats/Schedules". Retrieved October 6, 2006.
  12. "UIL State Team Tennis Tournament Records". Retrieved October 19, 2006.
  13. Plano West Baseball
  14. "Honor Orchestra History". Retrieved October 1, 2019.
  15. "Plano West Music Program Named 'Gold' GRAMMY® Signature School". Plando Independent School District. Retrieved September 10, 2011.
  16. "New England Patriots: Ben Bass". New England Patriots Roster. Retrieved October 5, 2014.
  17. "David Lofton". NFL Player Cards. Retrieved October 19, 2006.
  18. "#32 Vickiel Vaughn". NFL Player Cards. Retrieved October 19, 2006.
  19. "Carolina Panthers: Jordan Pugh". Carolina Panthers Roster. Retrieved April 25, 2010.
  20. "Jackson Jeffcoat - Yahoo Sports!". Jackson Jeffcoat. Retrieved October 22, 2013.
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