West Charlotte High School Celebrates 80 Years


West Charlotte High School is celebrating its 80th anniversary this weekend. Through the 70s, 80s and 90s the school served as a national model for successful integration using crosstown busing. In its heyday, it was described as Camelot. But as busing faded out, so did the school’s reign as a beacon of education. Test scores dropped and truancy rates increased, but a family environment has remained through the school’s trials and triumphs.

Timothy Gibbs, the president of West Charlotte’s National Alumni Association spoke with Nick de la Canal ahead of the weekend festivities that includes a breakfast keynoted by alumnus and former mayor of Charlotte Anthony Foxx.

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