|Walt Whitman High School|
7100 Whittier Boulevard
|School district||Montgomery County Public Schools|
|NCES District ID||2400480|
|Educational authority||Maryland State Department of Education|
|NCES School ID||240048000941|
|Teaching staff||111.60 (on an FTE basis)|
|• Grade 9||574|
|• Grade 10||494|
|• Grade 11||451|
|• Grade 12||510|
|Student to teacher ratio||18.18:1|
|Campus type||Small city|
|Color(s)||Black, white, and Columbia blue|
|Newspaper||The Black & White|
The school opened in the fall of 1962 with 1,418 students. Designed by local architectural firm McLeod, Ferrara & Ensign, it was built on 17 levels, with a central courtyard and a geodesic dome for its gymnasium. A Ford Foundation grant underwrote the design and construction of the dome.
In 1981, the school added a 1,176-seat auditorium. In 1992, the school demolished the geodesic dome and all other buildings except the auditorium, and constructed a new school building, which opened in the fall of 1993.
In 2021, the school completed a 75,000 square feet (7,000 m2) addition, including 18 new classrooms, which opened in the fall of 2021.
The Black & White is the school's student-run newspaper. The National Scholastic Press Association Hall of Fame inducted the paper in 1991. Whitman is also notable for having the country's only student-run psychology journal. The journal circulates to over 1,000 psych teachers around the country.
Whitman fields sports teams in the fall, winter, and spring. The school competes as the Vikings and is part of Montgomery County public school sports. The football field is named after long-time principal Jerome Marco.
In 2006, the boys' basketball team defeated Eleanor Roosevelt 39-38 to win the school's only state title. That season, Whitman leading scorer Michael Gruner was named co-gazette player of the year alongside NBA superstar Kevin Durant.
The boys' tennis team has also won state titles in 2009, 2014, and 2019.
The girls' basketball team won the state title in 2016, their second overall.
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- Chris Anderson, journalist
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- Chris Bliss, juggler/comedian
- Andrea Carroll, operatic soprano
- Alex Chappell, journalist
- Kahane Cooperman, filmmaker
- Anthony Dilweg, National Football League (NFL) quarterback
- David Dobkin, director
- Michael Dunn, NFL offensive lineman
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- Michael Eisen, biologist
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- Pamela Harris, federal judge
- Spike Jonze, filmmaker
- Orde Kittrie, law professor
- Ryan Kuehl, NFL defensive tackle
- Brooke Lierman, Maryland Comptroller
- Abby Meyers (born 1999), basketball player for the Dallas Wings of the Women's National Basketball Association
- Jon Miller, television executive
- David Moon, Maryland House of Delegates
- Mark Moores, member of the New Mexico Senate
- David Nevins, television producer
- Ashley Parker, journalist
- Eric Pierpoint, actor
- Mark Pryor, U.S. Senator, Arkansas
- Mitchell Rales, billionaire businessman
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- Giuliana Rancic, television personality
- Alexandra Robbins, author
- Kate Seelye, reporter
- Dan Shanoff, sports journalist
- Eric Steinberg, actor
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