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About This School

West Muskingum High School is a public high school in Zanesville. The principal of West Muskingum High School is Mr. Ray E. Peyton, whose e-mail is rpeyton@laca.org. 630 students go to West Muskingum High School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 19% of the 630 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 38% are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at West Muskingum High School is 17:1. Zanesville High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Chorus
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Theater drama
  • Languages Taught

    • French
    • German
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • Cross country
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Gymnastics
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Track
    • Volleyball
    • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 95% 93%
Black, non-Hispanic 1% 3%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.5% 1.0%
Multiracial 0.5% 1%
Hispanic 0.5% 0.2%
Asian 0.5% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 38% 49%
Economically disadvantaged 19% 30%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (5 years ago)

    I think that certain teachers are there to teach you not only the basic subject but about life. I am a senior I have had a large majority of the teachers and know that most of them care. Recently we have sadly lost some of our best teachers and our principle Mr. Ankrum. Some of the older teachers still follow what they believe and teach their kids even with the threat of losing their job. the school has it's flaws but all schools do.

  • (9 years ago)

    West Muskingum High School has always respected the dignity of my children. Gary Ankrum would call me personally if my children got out of line and I learned to respect his opinion as he was usually right about how to deal with my kids.

  • (10 years ago)

    Unfortunately at West M High School there are many teachers there that don't care a whole lot about the students needs personal life improvement in work and personality. Some of the teachers have lesson plans that are completely outdated - decades old. Teachers are simply teaching just so they can be the coach of one of the sports. Some of the teachers are tired of the students and simply give up - only there to get the paycheck. It's unfortunate that there are few extrememly exceptional teachers there that touch the student's life - that make a long lasting impact. West Muskingum High school is in dire need of an 'educational makeover'. It needs to start with the faculty environment and hopefully ending with a changed student body. Unless the school addresses major issues - such as students wanting to go to post secondary instead of being at West High School.

  • (10 years ago)

    Our son graduated from West in 1999 and went on to one of the top 20 universities in the country. His preparation at West was especially strong in the areas of language and communication/writing skills and science. He graduated from college with honors in May 2004 with two majors one in computer network engineering and one in organizational leadership and supervision. He was hired by a Fortune 500 company as an engineer six weeks before he graduated from college. The district managers who hired him said that it was his communication skills that made him stand out and I am convinced those skills were established and reinforced by his high school teachers at West Muskingum High School.

  • (10 years ago)

    It is kind of nice because we are getting new schools right now and since I am a freshman I guess that is a good thing. Our teachers let you do what you want but that kind of makes you want to do it so thats another good thing about West. We are not over populated at all I think because I have talked to some friends back in Columbus and they say it is real hard to get from class to class because there are to many people in the halls.

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