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Northwest High School (NWHS) is a public high school in Germantown, Maryland. It is part of the Montgomery County Public Schools public school system. As of 2006, its enrollment was over 2,000 students. It is one of two high schools in Germantown, the other being Seneca Valley High School, with which Northwest shares an athletic rivalry. The school also serves small sections of the cities of Gaithersburg and Darnestown.

Northwest High School
13501 Richter Farm Road


United States
Coordinates39°09′06″N 77°16′48″W / 39.151549°N 77.279963°W / 39.151549; -77.279963Coordinates: 39°09′06″N 77°16′48″W / 39.151549°N 77.279963°W / 39.151549; -77.279963
TypePublic secondary
School districtMontgomery County Public Schools
PrincipalJimmy D'Andrea
Enrollment2,097 (2011–2012)
Color(s)Black, silver, and white
RivalsSeneca Valley,
Quince Orchard
NewspaperThe Jagwire

The school underwent an expansion project that was completed during the summer of 2006.

Northwest's school mascot is the jaguar and its colors are black, silver and white.


Northwest High School offers a number of honors and Advanced Placement courses, along with American Sign Language (ASL) French and Spanish languages. The school is competitive academically, with average SAT scores above the national mean.[1][2]

Northwest hosts the Ulysses Signature Program, a four-year research-based program in which students develop projects focused on one of the Ulysses Project themes: Arts and Humanities; Public Policy and Public Service; and/or Math, Science and Technology.[3] Students are recommended for the rigorous research program as freshmen and remain in the program throughout their senior years.[4]


  • Edward Shirley (1998–2002)
  • Sylvia Morrison (2002–2009)
  • Eileen "E. Lance" Lancellotti Dempsey (2009–2016)[5][6]
  • James "Jimmy" D'Andrea (2016–present)[7]

Areas servedEdit

Students attending Northwest come from parts of Germantown, Boyds, Gaithersburg, and Darnestown, as well as very small portions of Poolesville and Potomac.[8]

Northwest is fed by three area middle schools and eight area elementary schools in the following feeder patterns:

  • Kingsview MS (grades 6-8): Great Seneca Creek (K-5), Ronald McNair ES (pre-K-5), Spark M. Matsunaga ES (K-5)
  • Lakelands Park MS (grades 6-8) (split articulation with Quince Orchard Cluster): Darnestown ES (K-5), portions of Diamond ES (K-5)
  • Roberto Clemente MS (grades 6-8) (split articulation with Seneca Valley Cluster): Clopper Mill ES (pre-K-5), Germantown ES (K-5), Great Seneca Creek (K-5)


All teams have varsity and junior varsity teams with the exception of tennis, golf, swim and dive, indoor track and field, poms, and boys'/coed volleyball. JV lacrosse teams were added to Montgomery County athletics in 2008.


  • Poms
  • Cheerleading


Northwest High School has sports rivalries, particularly in football, with neighboring Seneca Valley High School, and Quince Orchard High School. The annual football game between Northwest and Seneca Valley is known as "The Battle for the King's Trophy" or the "Battle for Germantown".

Notable alumniEdit


  1. ^ "2008-2009 SAT Overall Mean Scores" (PDF). Maryland State Department of Education. Retrieved November 4, 2010.
  2. ^ "Total Group Profile Report" (PDF). CollegeBoard. p. 1. Retrieved November 4, 2010.
  3. ^ "Local School Signature Programs". Montgomery County Public Schools. Retrieved November 4, 2010.
  4. ^ "Northwest Seniors Unveil Research Projects". Gazette. January 20, 2010. Retrieved November 4, 2010.
  5. ^ Taylor, Andre L. (July 22, 2009). "NW principal sets high expectations: Former Shady Grove Middle School principal meets parents and students". The Gazette. Gaithersburg, Maryland: Post-Newsweek Media, Inc. Archived from the original on May 5, 2014. Retrieved May 5, 2014.
  6. ^ Montgomery County Public Schools (June 25, 2002). "Highlights of the June 24 Meeting of the Board of Education". Montgomery County Public Schools. 850 Hungerford Drive, Rockville, Maryland: Montgomery County Public Schools. Archived from the original on August 9, 2009. Retrieved August 9, 2009.
  7. ^ "Northwest High School". Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  8. ^ "Northwest High School 2010-2011 Service Area" (PDF). Montgomery County Public Schools. September 20, 2010. Retrieved October 29, 2010.
  9. ^ Shih, Karin (August 2, 2016). "Paddle to the Medal". Terp Magazine. Retrieved August 2, 2018.

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