Students enrolled 1660
School leader KYLE RICHARDSON
Transportation options Yes
District Dallas Independent School District

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100 South Glasgow Drive
Dallas, TX 75214

(972) 502-4400
(972) 502-4401
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4 stars
Based on 43 ratings

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June 11, 2014
Woodrow appears to be on the comeback. The boosterism is very encouraging. As a former student I'm heartened by all the good things going on. While the press Woodrow gets these days is very positive I'd warn against believing the school doesn't have a lot of ground to still cover in the quest to become a top tier public high school. Continued community and parental support will always be needed to ensure Woodrow meets the ideals that are being thrown out. An IB program is great but the rest of the school needs to follow suit so that the experience of a great HS isn't just the purview of the top of the class. I fear there's a cocoon of "everything's fine" that isn't yet warranted. I base my comments after seeing what other competitive suburban schools are offering.

- submitted by a student
January 26, 2014
The worst school in discipline. This school prides itself with tradition however student discipline is not applied fairly to all students. You see students skipping all day without consequence. The principal has the worst attitude with parents. Some teachers don't care. If you are not the right color, I guarantee you, your child will be treated as a second class citizen.

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2014
Woodrow is a fantastic HS with a very unique blend of students. Not only do kids get great education, have dedicated, enthusiastic teachers, and a great administration, they also learn about life. All students are welcomed, accepted and encouraged to achieve. I highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
November 17, 2013
Woodrow has always been a good school but its trajectory has dramatically soared in the last few years after IB accreditation and redesign into four college prep academies. Students from all over the Dallas area apply for transfer into these programs. While not technically a magnet school, it has the atmosphere an elements of one. In addition it offers successful athletic teams and a full slate of extracurricular activities which the magnets do not possess. In addition it has a huge network of famous alumni who treat each other as family. Woodrow is celebrating 85 years and has history, traditions and pride. These are things you cannot find at other high schools. The involvement of the community and alumni is stunning. While being historic (and one of the most beautiful buildings I have ever seen) the school also has been renovated completely and has a new $14 million science and arts wing, complete with a black box theater to house the school's famous theater program. Don't be discouraged by those who denigrate this as a DISD school - do your homework and check it out.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2013
Woodrow has always been a unique school in the fact that is rich in tradition, culturally diverse and supported by the community. I have four children, two that just graduated from the school. They received scholarship money and are attending major state universities. One child that remains at Woodrow is in the IB program and the other is in the STEM (Science Technology Math Engineering) Academy. I feel that the opportunity for them to excel academically and attend the university of their choice with scholarship money is even stronger since Mr. Richardson has become principal of the school. He has made key decisions and hired strong educators that have created a positive impact on the school and the learning of the students.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2013
Woodrow Wilson has a amazing academy . I love the way teachers teach and try to help.. plus it has a amazing academy GO STEM!!!

- submitted by a student
June 30, 2013
This was an exciting new year for us, I feel we lacked information and didn't know who to inquire about with when we started with the Baccalaureate program at the school, my child ran into complication with completing assignments and some of the teachers in the program turning grades on time. I finally had an opperatunity to speak with a counselor and get her cituated to where it interested her to get back on task and want to proceed in a high school and not take on a home school program. That is how drastic her mind had taken a down fall, thanks to a wonder dance teacher, math, biology, english, a very kind office person name Erica, counselor Ladeski; in the school, and a few other teachers we where able to get her back in interest to proceed in the very nice school.

- submitted by a parent
December 27, 2011
Consistently places in the top 5% of American high schools for AP/IB participation (see Newsweek and Washington Post) An IB World School offering 24 college credits for an IB Diploma. 22 AP and 8 dual-credit classes also offfered. It's also a top ten school in athletics (see Dallas Morning News) and performing arts is universally recognized. The school has been producing Broadway musicals since the 1950s. There are wealthy kids and poor kids but everyone seems to get along and have a great love for the school. It's not unusual to find many second and third generation students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 13, 2010
One of the top high schools in the United States. Just became an International Baccalaureate School. Great Parent Involvement and Support. Great History with many prestigious alumni.

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 13, 2010
It has great sprit and GREAT teachers

- submitted by a community member
no rating November 06, 2009
Woodrow manages to embrace change and diversity among it student population, while maintaining its traditions from generation to generation, as well as encouraging academic excellence. My kids are third generation Wildcats!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 05, 2009
A great school that prepares you for the real world!

- submitted by a student
November 04, 2009
I love the diversity of students at Woodrow Wilson and the enduring school spirit.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 20, 2009
Woodrow has an interesting mix of students and fabulous teachers!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 19, 2009
Because we are more than a school: we are a family, a community, and a village raising children.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 19, 2009
It has diversity, great teachers & a wonderful principal!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 19, 2009
woodrow help everybody no matter who you are and woodrow have heart and unique spirit.

- submitted by a student
no rating October 15, 2009
We have people of all cultures and backgrounds, lots of opportunities for academic achievement, athletics and clubs. very close knit family and tons of school spirit. Many students are 2nd and 3rd generation Wildcats. Love the school! Go Woodrow!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 13, 2009
My daughter has gone to Woodrow the past 3 years and it has been a great experience! Strengths include academics, sports, theatre-well rounded school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 13, 2009
Woodrow is a very diverse. We have something for everyone. ROTC, Music, National Merit Scholars, Drama, etc. We have students from diverse backgrounds so our kids learn about the 'real' world. The teachers, staff, and volunteers give 100% to the students. There is a strong sense of community. However, along with our 80 years of history comes crumbling facades and outdated systems. Wind actually blows through our gym!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 12, 2009
It's a very diverse inner city public school facing many challenges. It eats sleeps and breathes the 'it takes a village' concept. It is successful because of the great efforts of the school administration, faculty, students and parents. Without anyone of these elements, this school wouldn't be one of the top 600 in the Nation. This school is a melting pot of cultures that work together. Parents combine to work tirelessly in support of academics, extra curricular programs and organizations. Each graduating class works from freshman year through senior year raising over $18k to offset senior graduation activities making it possible and affordable for all seniors to attend their graduation events. The school is a diamond in the rough and could use additional money to help it stay on track.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 12, 2009
The school is one of the oldest and original schools in Dallas. It has so much character and history behind its doors. I am proud that my child has a chance to be part of a school that has so much history and legacy behind its name. I love the fact that the school is located right in heart of downtown Lakewood. The diverstiy of backgrounds brings so much talent and character to the school. This is one of the elite DISD schools! It is public but offers so much of what the private schools have.

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2009
Woodrow is rich in history, sense of community, dedicated teachers and committed parental support. Students come from very diverse backgrounds and are involved in a great variety of activities. This inner city, urban school is unusually successful in blending high level academics and all kinds of extra curricular activities.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 11, 2009
Great School Spirit, Parental Imput, Teachers and Students!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 11, 2009
I love Woodrow because its a great school and has a diverse environment

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 09, 2009
WW is a great public school that's making changes to help all the kids!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 09, 2009
A great school with lots of diversity and tradition.

- submitted by a community member
October 09, 2009
An exceptional public high school in a diverse, urban environment that enjoys tremendous parental and community support for its creative and dedicated faculty and the rigorous academic programs it makes available for college-bound graduates.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 09, 2009
Great heritage, long list of alumni that have contributed to the community and nation. School sprit that lives on from some of the first graduates from 1930 to the present was there this year to celibrate the schools 80th anniversary. There is something that Woodrows got that others do not. Thanks

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 08, 2009
It's a neighborhood school with a diverse group of kids. We just celebrated the 80th anniversary of the school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 08, 2009
Very unique school, which exposes students to a wide range of experiences and traditions.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 08, 2009
We have a diverse population, with teachers that care deeply about the success of all the students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 29, 2009
Woodrow has a tradition of high expectation for all students. That is truly remarkable when one looks at the diversity of the student body. The teachers and administration expected excellence, and we, as students, worked to achieve and meet that standard. Woodrow had a vision of us beyond what we may have held for ourselves.

- submitted by a community member
September 28, 2009
Diversity, Tradition, History, Opportunity to succeed in multiple activities

- submitted by a community member
September 26, 2009
Great Community - Great School

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2009
Newsweek has chosen Woodrow as one of America's best high schools for several years but everyone in Lakewood and East Dallas has known that for generations. It's hard to explain to outsiders, but our school is one where every demographic is represented - an alloy of an amalgam tempered by time.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 23, 2009
Great tradition and a true community school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 23, 2009
Because it's the best school in Dallas!!! And all 5 of my kids went there and learned a lot!!!

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2009
Excellent teachers, real world experience and great sports program. Enough said!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 23, 2009
The commitment to superior education including a well-rounded offering of learning opportunities. Also, the glorious mix of students, parents, faculty, and community members who come together in support of the school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 23, 2009
Woodrow has great diversity in the student population, strong staff members, and a very committed PTA!

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2008
32 AP scholars this year in a class of just over 200. The Mock Trial Team has been selected by Harvard University to go to Cambridge for competition. The theater and arts department is unparalled, beating many prestigious suburban and private school in Cappie Award competition. The pride, spirit and parental, community and alumni involvement is stellar. Also the kids all seem to be friends and that cuts across a wide range of social, cultural, racial and economic lines.

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2008
If we had it to do over again, we would've home schooled our son instead of sending him to Woodrow Wilson high. A few good teachers, but most of them did not challenge him. bureaucratic nonsense as well in abundence. Can you imagine your feelings when the principal calls you because he wasn't wearing a 'proper' belt? Or when he was attempting to get to class and entered the 'wrong' door? Geeze. I thought that education was about, well, education. That's not the case. He learned more from conversation with his parents than that school taught him.

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2008
Great atmosphere...The teachers are always helping students who want to succeed. The AP Program is great! There are many sports to choose from and students can play just about anything they want. From Football to Tennis, to the Wonderful Fine Arts Department. You also see a lot of community involvement because there are many activities which reach out to the alumni and Business Community.

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2008
Things to love about Woodrow: 1) The diversity of the students prepares high school students for the real world. 2) The opportunity to be involved in as many extra-curricular activities as you want. You don't just have to chose one activity like most high schools. 3) The supportive and involved community. I am confident that this school will always be protected because of our awesome parents and people in the community that love Woodrow. 4) I know it's been said, but I must say it again. The fine arts department cannot be beat! 5) Sports teams and Mock Trial 6) The cute new uniforms! 7) The down-to-earth kids 8) The pride and school spirit 9) The strong traditions 10) The colleges you will get into because of your class rank.

- submitted by a parent
December 14, 2007
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- submitted by a community member
November 28, 2007
The school is poor, the students are below average academically. This school has been putting into place many tutoring programs and attempts to interest students in college early on. I am hoping to see some improvement in the coming years.

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
June 28, 2006
this is a good school to graduate from i graduated from here 3 years ago and now i am a very succesful owner of my own hotel chain thanks to coach crabb.

- submitted by a former student
April 28, 2006
Comments related to prior reviews: 1) The football team won all their regular games in the fall of 2005 and we have high hopes for 2006. In Texas, football is important! WWHS is the only school in the country to graduate 2 Heisman trophy winners. 2) For those of you not from the south, the term 'fixing to' is standard grammar. 3) We had over 15,000 people at the homecoming game this past year. Many, many of the folks who supported the team this year are neighborhood residents who are former students. We had folks ranging from as far back as the 1932 graduating class at some of the games. The comment about not needing reunions because many folks are still around the school often, is oh, so true. Wildcat fever is always with you. I'm proud to be a parent of a Wildcat.

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December 10, 2005
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November 14, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
no rating November 03, 2005
Great band and drama programs. Diverse extra-curriculars.

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2005
Woodrow is a wonderful school. The variations are amazing!

- submitted by a former student
September 20, 2005
Good school with good teachers

- submitted by a former student
August 04, 2005
Certain programs, such as the spring musical and the mock trial team, have retained strength over the years. Although the football team wanes, the support can be unbelievable. The community around this school can be so tight it's suffocating, but overall, it's an admirable comfort in a fast-paced, urban environment. Some of the students are unbelievably bright, despite having a hodgepodge of both good and bad teachers and a weak administration with low, DISD teaching standards, but the musical's top-billers are remarkably talented. A strong sense of spirit engulfs this school, which may or may not be a bad thing, depending on your outlook.

- submitted by a parent
July 11, 2005
this school's not too bad really... the academic programs are about average i guess. i'm glad my son goes here though because alot of his teachers seem to really care about him and want him to do well in life. i think that more parents need to get involved but you can say that about most all schools.

- submitted by a parent
July 04, 2005
They offer a variety of AP courses challenging enough to those students who take them. In the past the musicals performed by the choral departments have been outstanding, under the direction of a new director I think it will still be. Parental involvement is apparent especially through the PTA board and sport activities. The football team is not the best, but perhaps it can improve. They have one of the best Mock trial teams around. It has been that way for a number of years. I'm not aware of any addt'l art opportunities. The newspaper and yearbook are so, so.

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June 02, 2005
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May 27, 2005
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- submitted by a teacher
March 17, 2005
Woodrow Wilson excells in both academic and extracurricular activities. While some teachers are sub-par, if you know who to look for, Woodrow offers a superb education. Teachers are intelligent and extremely available to students that want help. Woodrow Wilson is a diverse community that gives students a chance to interact with and understand people from all backgrounds. Your student will come out of Woodrow with more practical knowledge than a large amount of graduates from private and magnet schools. There are certain policies in Woodrow's administration that I disagree with whole-heartedly, but another great aspect of the school is that it is an interactive environment. Students, when organized and intelligent, have as much power in the school as the faculty and are capable of changing policies that no longer have a place in the school. Finally, Woodrow really is a familial environment, and fosters a great education environment.

- submitted by a former student
September 23, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2004
Woodorw is a great school . It has though my child the best things in life not only did she go there as a student . But she grew there as a family member. The teachers ther are great and are always willing to help. The school is also filled with so much history and many wealthy people come from a great school.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2004
I think that Woodrow is a great school. I go to Woodrow myself. I'm fixing to be a Woodrow graduate and my sister is fixing to graduate also. Woodrow has very nice teachers that help you in anything you need. They really know how to teach to make us hard headed people learn something. They never give up on us. Instead they are always behind us telling us that we can do it instead of just giving up on us.

- submitted by a former student
March 15, 2004
I am the mother of two Woodrow students and I believe that this is a great school for all children. However, I hate the fact that the pricnicpal seems to disagree with the fact that morbidly obese people, like myself, are not disabled. Well, we are. I have been a little on the obese since I was a teen.

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2004
I personally think that Woodrow Wilson is a magnificent school for the students. They did get better in everything. More extra curricular activities including the 'Steppers Club' and other wonderful activities. Overall I think your child should come and represent this school.

- submitted by a student
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Woodrow Wilson High School
100 South Glasgow Drive, Dallas, TX  75214
(972) 502-4400
Last modified Woodrow Wilson High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Woodrow Wilson High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 70 reviews. Top