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Southwest High School (Minneapolis)

Southwest High School is a public high school in the Linden Hills neighborhood of Minneapolis, Minnesota. It is one of 10 high schools in the Minneapolis Public Schools district. Southwest offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.

Southwest High School
Southwest High School, Minneapolis, April 2009.jpg
Southwest in 2009
3414 West 47th Street
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55410
United States
Coordinates 44°55′06″N 93°19′29″W / 44.9182°N 93.3248°W / 44.9182; -93.3248Coordinates: 44°55′06″N 93°19′29″W / 44.9182°N 93.3248°W / 44.9182; -93.3248
Type Public secondary
Motto Inspiring Excellence in Arts and Academics
Established 1940
School district Minneapolis Public Schools
Teaching staff 92.88 (on a FTE basis)[1]
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 1,757[1] (2015-2016)
Student to teacher ratio 18.92[1]
Campus Urban
Color(s) Purple and White          
Athletics conference Minneapolis City Conference
Nickname Lakers
Newspaper The Anchor



Southwest High School was opened in 1940 with the main entrance at Beard Avenue South and West 47th Street.[2] The school drew 841 students from Minneapolis, Edina and Richfield its first year.[3] Two additions were made to the original structure, the first opening in 1956 and the second (Southwest Junior High) in 1968.[3]

With the reorganization of Minneapolis schools in 1982, Southwest returned to just grades 9–12, with seventh and eighth graders going to Anwatin or Anthony Middle Schools. Most of the students who attended West High School were transferred to Southwest when it was closed the same year.[citation needed]

In 1987, the International Baccalaureate Programme began at Southwest.[4] Currently, all 9th and 10th grade students follow the IB Middle Years Programme curriculum.[5]

Also in 1987, Southwest High School was one of the first high schools in the country to stop using a Native American for its mascot and nickname.[6] The Southwest student body voted to change the nickname of the school from the Indians to the Lakers.[7]


The demographic breakdown of the 1,757 students enrolled in 2015-2016 was:

  • Male - 48.7%
  • Female - 51.3%
  • Native American/Alaskan - 1.0%
  • Asian/Pacific islanders - 5.5%
  • Black - 26.0%
  • Hispanic - 10.1%
  • White - 57.0%
  • Multiracial - 0.4%

35.9% of the students were eligible for free or reduced cost lunch. This is a Title I school.[1]

Notable alumniEdit


  1. ^ a b c d "SOUTHWEST SENIOR HIGH". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved April 16, 2018. 
  2. ^ "Southwest-Southwest Community". Retrieved November 21, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "History and Facts about SWHS". Retrieved November 21, 2012. 
  4. ^ "IB Profile Southwest 07-08" (PDF). Retrieved November 21, 2012. 
  5. ^ "IB Middle Years Program". Retrieved November 21, 2012. 
  6. ^ Hirschfelder, Arlene B. (2000). Native Americans Today: Resources and Activities for Educators, Grades 4-8. Libraries Unlimited. p. 205. 
  7. ^ Neff, Craig (February 1, 1988). "Scorecard-A SIGN OF CHANGE". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved November 21, 2012. 
  8. ^ Agency, Iowa Legislative Services. "State Representative". Retrieved 1 November 2016. 

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