Friday, Sept. 25, 2009 | 9:58 p.m.
- Basic cruises for easy win, looks ahead to showdown with Del Sol
- Liberty unleashes powerful ground game in 34-14 win over Green Valley
- Las Vegas' air attack routs Valley
- Duhjuan Miller has two interceptions in Cheyenne win over Arbor View
- Desert Oasis puts up fight but finally bows to Bishop Gorman
- Palo Verde blanks Shadow Ridge to stay undefeated
- Bonanza jumps to early lead, beats Pahrump Valley 39-12
- Durango makes statement with 31-28 victory over Spring Valley
- Del Sol remains perfect with narrow victory against Foothill
- Silverado glides past Sierra Vista
- Undefeated Legacy runs over Virgin Valley for 62-7 victory
- Moapa Valley races past Rancho
- Canyon Springs dominates Eldorado 54-13
- Mojave scores as time winds down to beat Faith Lutheran
- Leon Hayes helps Desert Pines overcome mistakes to beat Chaparral
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“We had a lot of turnovers,” Willis said. “But our defense played really big. Our defense played great.”
Clark only led 14-6 at halftime, but the ground game picked up with the combination of Andre Clay, Chris Jackson and Derrick West in the second half.
Willis said, however, the defense starred in the victory. In the second half, the defense had three successful goal-line stands against the Warriors.
A disappointing first half turned into a dominant second half for Clark. “We got it together,” Willis said.
A fresh coat of paint and a fresh perspective are among the changes being made around Western High School.
Western is one of five turnaround schools that missed the marks set by No Child Left Behind and now faces the challenge of increasing student achievement.
The school is the third oldest in the district and its campus lies near Decatur Boulevard and Veterans Memorial Highway. The majority of students attending Western are minorities from disadvantaged homes. Western is known for having a rough past, but students are optimistic about the future of their school.
Change is apparent according to students interviewed in September.
“When I was in eighth grade, I was told I was going to get shot or stabbed when I came to Western,” said senior Kole Yanez, 17. “That might have been true 15 years ago, but now, you don’t see that here.”
Rules are tightly enforced on campus. The school keeps a strict dress code policy and cell phone use during class time is not permitted.
Halls are designated by grade level giving students a sense of ownership and community. Pride is clearly visible at pep rallies and sporting events. The newfound pride might just be he medicine needed to alleviate the 8 percent dropout rate, the highest in the district.
“It’s like building a house. You need a strong foundation,” said Neddy Alvarez, principal. “You need those strong relationships. When kids know we care about them, the learning will take place.”
- Year built:
- Principal (Year Hired):
- Neddy Alvarez (2008)
- Mission Statement:
- “The mission of Western High School is to promote scholarship, encourage good citizenship, and embrace our cultural diversity.”
- Approximately 2,400
- Notable alumni:
- Frank Hawkins, former NFL player
Capt. Nicole Malachowski, first female Thunderbird
Ronnie Vannucci, drummer of The Killers
Tom Collins, Clark County commissioner
- School Report Card:
Compiled by Gregan Wingert