January 27, 2004
Overall, very good school. There are many strong teachers- Mrs. Oaks and Mrs. Rutledge (English), Mrs. Champagne (Science), Mrs. Davis and Mrs. McManus (Mathematics), Coaches Hearne, McComas, and Crowell (American History, World Geography, and Civics, respectively). However, there are also several problematic teachers. Several should not be entrusted with their students learning. However, these teachers are, for the most part, not in charge of Advanced Placement/Honors courses, so should your child remain in an AP/H course, they should have no worries. The principal, Mickey Merritt, is a wonderful man who is much more personable than his predecessor. However, his being the faceplate of West Ouachita is not always in his best interest as he comes off as a bit unprofessional. WOHS's football team is all heart, as well as their baseball, basketball, softball, etc. However, don't overlook the NJROTC (led by LCDR Jim Reynolds) which has done exceptionally well in its 10+ years in existance. The choir leaves something to be desired, but the band (led by Dale Liner) is a powerful musical force! While WOHS has had its problems, it is a young school who has had variegated qualities of leadership in the past. However, I am confident that under Mr. Merrit's leadership, WOHS will improve.
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