Wilson High School

  • Wilson High School serves 1,788 students in grades 9-12.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 16:1 is higher than the DC average of 12:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 74% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 91%.
  • Wilson High School operates within the District Of Columbia School District.
  • District Of Columbia School District's 64% graduation rate is equal to the DC state average of 64%.

School Overview

  • The student population of 1788 students has grown by 9% over five years.
  • The teacher population of 115 teachers has grown by 7% over five years.
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12
Total Students1,788 students
Wilson High School Total Students (1988-2015)
Gender %Wilson High School Gender
Total Classroom Teachers115 teachers
Wilson High School Total Teachers (1989-2015)
Students by GradeWilson High School Student By Grade

School Comparison

This School(DC) School Average
Student : Teacher Ratio16:112:1
Wilson High School Student Teacher Ratio (1987-2015)
Asian
6%
1%
Wilson High School Asian Students (1991-2015)
Hispanic
20%
14%
Wilson High School Black Students (1991-2015)
Black
44%
68%
Wilson High School Black Students (1991-2015)
White
26%
9%
Wilson High School White Students (1991-2015)
Hawaiian
n/an/a
Wilson High School Hawaiian Students (2009-2010)
Two or more races
4%
2%
Wilson High School Two Or More Races Students (2011-2015)
All Ethnic GroupsWilson High School All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity BreakdownDC All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score
The chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body.
0.700.51
Wilson High School Diversity Score (1988-2015)
Eligible for Free Lunch
Families meeting income eligibility guidelines may qualify for free and reduced price meals or free milk. These guidelines are used by schools, institutions, and facilities participating in the National School Lunch Program (and Commodity School Program), School Breakfast Program, Special Milk Program for Children, Child and Adult Care Food Program and Summer Food Service Program.
99%
86%
Wilson High School Eligible for Free Lunch (1988-2015)
Eligible for Reduced
Lunch
Families meeting income eligibility guidelines may qualify for free and reduced price meals or free milk. These guidelines are used by schools, institutions, and facilities participating in the National School Lunch Program (and Commodity School Program), School Breakfast Program, Special Milk Program for Children, Child and Adult Care Food Program and Summer Food Service Program.
n/a
2%
Wilson High School Eligible for Reduced Lunch (2001-2013)

District Comparison

  • District Of Columbia School District's student population of 47,895 students has grown by 7% over five years.
  • The district's graduation rate of 64% has decreased from 92% over five years.
  • The revenue/student of $29,866 is higher than the state average of $20,934. The district revenue/student has grown by 65% over four years.
  • The district's spending/student of $30,944 is higher than the state average of $20,135. The district spending/student has grown by 70% over four years.
School District NameDistrict Of Columbia School District
Number of Schools
Managed
118
1
Number of Students Managed47,895363
 Of Columbia School District Students Managed (1989-2014)
Graduation Rate64%64%
 Of Columbia School District Graduation Rate (1994-2010)
District Total Revenue$1,342 MM$8 MM
 Of Columbia School District District Total Revenue (1992-2014)
District Spending$1,391 MM$7 MM
 Of Columbia School District District Spending (1992-2014)
District Revenue / Student$29,866$20,934
 Of Columbia School District District Revenue / Student (1990-2014)
District Spending / Student$30,944$20,135
 Of Columbia School District District Spending / Student (1990-2014)
School Statewide TestingView Education Department Test Scores
Source: 2015 (latest year available) NCES, DC Dept. of Education

School Notes

  • Woodrow Wilson Senior High School is a secondary school located in Washington, DC, United States.
  • Wilson, which serves grades 9 through 12, is a part of the District of Columbia Public Schools.
  • Dr. Stephen P. Tarason is currently the sitting principal for Wilson and has been since 1999. The school's website says "'Woodrow Wilson Senior High School, Washington, D.C.’s largest comprehensive public high school, is known for its academic excellence and for its geographic, ethnic and economic diversity'". The school's student body represents 85 countries and the students come from 40 different schools in the city. The school mascot is the Wilson Tiger, and the motto is "Haec olim meninissee juvabit", which translates to "In days to come, it will please us to remember this". It is notable that, in context in Virgil's Aeneid, the line was an ironic comment made after the characters survived a shipwreck. Woodrow Wilson Senior High is located in DC's Tenleytown neighborhood, one block off Wisconsin Avenue NW.
  • In mid 2006, Woodrow Wilson Senior High School was proposed to be a charter school, but opposition from out-of-bounds students put the plan on hold. It has however a major objective of neighborhood and in-bounds interests. Woodrow Wilson Senior High School is the top performer in the non-magnet High School system in DCPS and one of the top performers in DCPS overall.
  • The school serves several neighborhoods, including Georgetown, Glover Park, and Tenleytown.
  • The school's demographics are as follows:
  • School boundaries encompass everything west of 16th Street, NW, all of southwest Washington north of the Anacostia River, and parts of Capitol Hill southeast.
  • Nearly 40 percent of the students receive free and reduced lunch benefits.
  • About 89 percent of Wilson students continue their education beyond high school, with 77 percent attending four-year or two year colleges or universities. Woodrow Wilson HS was the first school in the metropolitan area to adopt and implement a four course a day, alternating even day and odd day, modular schedule.
  • Aside from its academic strengths, Wilson is also known for its athletic and extracurricular programs. Not only do the Tigers maintain the only crew team among DC public high schools, but the baseball team has won more than ten consecutive city championships, and the soccer, cross country, and track teams are perennially among the best in the city.
  • Wilson used to be the only public school in DC with a swimming pool, but the pool has been out of operation for the past five years.
  • Famous alumni: Ray Blair; H.R., musician; Clarence Greenwood, a.k.a. Citizen Cope, musician; Emmanuel Burriss, baseball player; Darryl Jennifer, musician; Ian MacKaye, musician; Henry Rollins, musician, poet, media personality; Roger Mudd, Reporter; David Mays, Publisher (The Source); Tommy Duren, Politician, Puppeteer, Child Entertainer; Frank Rich, Editorialist, Drama Critic (The New York Times); Ian Herbert, Journalist (Washington Post Express); Adrian Fenty, Mayor-Elect of Washington, DC; Aquil Abdullah, Olympic Rower; Warren Buffett, Billionaire; DJ Spooky, musician.

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