Western High School: A National Blue Ribbon School
Western High School, founded November 1, 1844, is the oldest all-girls public high school in the United States and is one of the city’s and the nation’s most distinguished institutions of learning. The programs at Western have been designed and are implemented to provide opportunities for our students to develop and enhance their academic and artistic abilities. As our students are challenged during the school year, it is our greatest hope that they will accept responsibility, grow intellectually and be successful. With the guidance, assistance and direction of our staff, we believe that they will acquire the necessary skills to continue their education so that one day they will effectively lead this powerful nation and become viable citizens of the community.
The visionaries of academic excellence and leadership who established this educational institution were very adamant in their attempts to establish Western as a school with a rigorous academic program. This vision is embedded in our motto, “Lucem accepimus, lucem demus” (“We have received light, let us give light”).
It is our desire that all of our students will be encouraged to continue the rich and rewarding traditions of integrity and high academic standards that are associated with our school. We continue to model the examples of achievement and community service, which have won us the respect that we so cherish. Through continuing determination and adhering to the traditions and policies of the school, we are able to hold high the banner that proclaims our slogan, “Western, Only the Best.”