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Whitney M. Young High School, (commonly known as Whitney Young or WMY), is a highly selective-enrollment Cleveland public school that opened its doors as the city's first public gifted and talented high school. Students must submit an application and have a GPA of 2.5 to be admitted into Whitney Young. Located in Cleveland's Lee-Harvard area, the school has consistently scores among the top high schools in the state of Ohiomarker. In 2005, the school was ranked among the top high schools in the United States by U.S. News and World Report. This ranking includes both public and private high schools. Whitney Young is currently a National Blue Ribbon School.

The current student population is majority African-American.

The school was named after Whitney M. Young, Jr., a prominent civil rights leader.

Whitney Young is less then two miles from John F. Kennedy High School.


The Major Work program was at its most successful and perhaps most controversial point in December 1994 at Whitney Young Middle School which has only gifted students. The school was criticized, even by some within the Cleveland system, as being elitist and robbing regular students of the benefits.On May 21, 1999 240 eighth-graders from Hudson Middle School and Whitney Young Middle School in Cleveland became pen pals, they were worried as well as curious due to the fact Whitney Young is a predominantly black, inner-city school, and Hudson is a predominantly white school.

In 2006 Whitney Young became one of two middle schools in Cleveland to take part in the Rotsky Foundation. This program allows selected eighth grade students to participate in a mentoring program, and receive a scholarship in their senior year to any college/university. The students will remain in the program until the complete high school, regardless if they remain in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District or not.

Whitney Young's 2008-2009 school year was a dedication to Reginald Lamont Dudley Jr., a 13 year-old (Whitney Young Eighth Grader) whom was murdered October 4, 2008 in his home.

Whitney Young has changed many time over the course of the years. Whitney Young started out as a Catholic School, the school then after became an all girls school. Years later in 1973 the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (formally Cleveland Municipal School District) brought the school. When the Cleveland Metropolitan School District first opened Whitney Young it served Gifted and Talented students in grades six-eight. In the 2003-2004 school year the Cleveland Metropolitan School District begin adding one additional grade level to Whitney Young until reaching grade 12. Whitney Young's first high school graduating class was the Class of 2007 with former Principal Alisa McKinnie.

During the 2008-2009 school year ninth graders from Whitney Young's Class of 2012 participated in "Project Citizen" in Columbus, Ohiomarker where they won an award for their research on study habits.

In May 2009 Whitney Young was on Channel 3 News in Cleveland, Ohiomarker for begin just one of four Cleveland school to have a 100% graduation rate ( Whitney Young 100%). In June 2009 Whitney Young held its first eighth grade promotion (Class of 2013) since it added secondary courses to the school in 2003.

Whitney Young's Principal Karen Byron-Johnson made "Kings & Queens" the 2009-2010 school year theme. Whitney Young students were allowed to wear crowns throughout the school, the theme came after Whitney Young was one of five Cleveland schools to be rated 'EXCELLENT' on the state report card. The school kicked its theme off on Monday, August 31, 2009 with guest speakers for all the students and a best crown contest.

On September 23, 2009 Whitney Young celebrated its third annual See You At The Pole Day. Whitney Young is currently one of few schools in Cleveland to celebrate the holiday. At about 7:30 A.M. students, staff and parents joined hands around the school's flag pole and said their prayers.

Friday, October 9, 2009 St. Ignatius High Schoolmarker students visited Whitney Young, and encouraged about 100 students in grades 8, 10 and 12 to raise their voices against youth violence. Football captain Kevin Hopkins and team members Bobby Grebenc, Christian Sanders, Ryan Gibbons, Kevin Smith and Primes all talked about the ripple effect of reaching out to help others along with Coach Tyrone White.


Whitney Young offers many Honors and Advanced Placement courses to high school students and eighth graders; gifted and talented courses to middle school students. The school currently offers only electives as regular course work. Whitney Young is the only school in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District whom grade-point-average (g.p.a) is based on a 5.0 scale.

Whitney Young currently offers Post Secondary courses (college level classes). Whitney Young along with many other Cleveland Metropolitan School District high schools and Warrensville Heights high school let eligible 10-12 grade students (3.0 grade point average or higher and 90% attendance rate) apply to High Tech Academy. Those select students take high school course at Whitney Young (or their high school) until 11:00AM; then they take college level courses at Cuyahoga Community College Metropolitan Campus until 2:00PM earning an Associate's Degree at the same time as their high school diploma.

Starting in Fall 2009 Whitney Young will be the first and only school to allow eligible 11-12 graders (3.0 grade point average or higher, 90% attendance rate and passed all five Ohio Graduation Test) take college level courses at High Achievement Academy on Cuyahoga Community College Eastern Campus. The students will take high school classes at Whitney Young until 11:00AM; then they'll be bused to Tri-C's Eastern Campus until 2:00PM. These students will work towards earning their Associates Degree while still working on their high school diploma.

Dress Code

Whitney Young students were required to where brown bottoms and yellow tops, as dress code until 2004. At the start of the 2004-2005 school year Whitney Young's dress code was changed to traditional white/blue tops and black, tan, blue or bottoms; the same as all Cleveland schools. In 2005 high school students were excused from dress code. At the start of the 2006-2007 school year all Whitney Young students were excused from dress code. Starting with the 2007-2008 school year all students were required to wear dress code, middle school students were required to wear white/blue tops and black/tan/blue bottoms, while high school students wore all solid color shirt and bottoms. At the conclusion of the 2008-2009 school year, it was announced that all Cleveland schools would adhere to a new K-12 dress code requiring all students to wear blue/white tops and black/tan/blue bottoms; effective the 2009-2010 school year.

Sports & Activities

Students playing on Whitney Young sports are commonly refered to as Lady Warriors (girls) and Warriors (boys).Whitney Young offers few sports compared to other high schools in Cleveland. Whitney Young is classified in the city's Extramural division. Whitney Young currently offers:

-At the beginning of their freshman year each high school class select elected students to represent their class until graduation. - Students usually perform at "Whitney Young's Poetry Night" & "Warriors Wednesday" which is held every school year at the local Barnes & Noble. - A Christian Student Leadership Team.

Whitney Young students must be in grades 7-12 and have a G.P.A. of at least 2.5 with no "F" in any class at anytime to be eligible to participate on any sport teams.

In October 2009 the high school Lady Warriors Volleyball team won their fourth consecutive championship game, going undefeated for three consecutive years; with Coach Paul Baker. The middle school Lady Warriors Volleyball team came in second place; with Coach Debra White.

Honors & Awards

Whitney Young has received numerous awards, medals and recognitions since opening in 1973. In May 2009 Whitney Young's Senior Class President Brittany Harris was selected as a "Northeast Ohio Senior Standout".

Blue Ribbon Honors School of Excellence

Ohio School of Promise

Ohio's Top High Schools

  • In 2005 Whitney Young ranked 13 out of 716 on Ohio's Top High Schools List.
  • In 2006 Whitney Young ranked 107 out of 724 on Ohio's Top High Schools List.
  • In 2007 Whitney Young ranked 10 out of 782 on Ohio's Top High Schools List.
  • In 2008 Whitney Young ranked 14 out of 788 on Ohio's Top High Schools List.
  • In 2009 Whitney Young ranked 149 out of 811 on Ohio's Top High Schools List.

Ohio's Top Middle Schools

  • In 2006 Whitney Young ranked 409 out of 893 on Ohio's Top Middle Schools List.
  • In 2007 Whitney Young ranked 208 out of 972 on Ohio's Top Middle Schools List.
  • In 2008 Whitney Young ranked 353 out of 953 on Ohio's Top Middle Schools List.
  • In 2009 Whitney Young ranked 151 out of 958 on Ohio's Top Middle Schools List.

U.S. News and World Report

  • In May 2008, Whitney Young was named on America's Best High Schools and awarded a Bronze Medal by U.S.News and World Report.

State of Ohio Report Card

In August 2009 Whitney Young received a rating of "Excellent" on the State of Ohio 2008-2009 School year State Report Card.

Project Citizen

In 2009 Whitney Young won an award for their research on Study Habits.

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