Thomas Sprigg Wootton High School

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Thomas Sprigg Wootton High School
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Thomas Sprigg Wootton High School
2100 Wootton Parkway

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20850

United States
Coordinates 39°04′36″N77°11′02″W / 39.07661°N 77.18376°W / 39.07661; -77.18376 Coordinates: 39°04′36″N77°11′02″W / 39.07661°N 77.18376°W / 39.07661; -77.18376
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Type Public Secondary
Established1970;51 years ago (1970)
School district Montgomery County Public Schools
PrincipalKimberly Boldon
Grades9–12
Gender Co-Educational
Enrollment2,134 (2020-2021)
Student to teacher ratio18.7
Campus typeSmall city [1]
Color(s)red, white and blue
   
Team namePatriots
Rival Winston Churchill High School
NewspaperCommon Sense
Website www.mcps.k12.md.us/schools/woottonhs

Thomas Sprigg Wootton High School or Wootton High School(WHS) is a public high school in Rockville, Maryland. Its namesake is Thomas Sprigg Wootton, the founder of Montgomery County. The school was founded in 1970 and is part of the Montgomery County Public Schools system. Robert Frost Middle School along with half of Cabin John Middle School feed into the school. Wootton's science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) program was ranked #160 in Newsweek 's 2019 nationwide survey of US high schools. [2] In 2020, Wootton was ranked #128 in the National Rankings, [3] based on performance on state-required tests, graduation and how well the prepare students for college.

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History

President George W. Bush speaks at Wootton. Bush@Wootton.jpg
President George W. Bush speaks at Wootton.

In November 2001, President George W. Bush visited Wootton HS and signed the congressional bill officially recognizing "Veterans Awareness Week" which takes place the week before Veteran's Day. [4]

In 2015, Michael J. Doran, 64, who led the Rockville high school for 12 years, was found unresponsive in the living room of his apartment and was declared dead shortly afterward. His death rocked the community as he was extremely well liked by both parents and students. [5]

Notable alumni

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