West Central Public Schools

"To prepare all students for learning and living in a changing world."

High School
West Central High School

Additional staff contact information and websites may be 
found within the WC District Directory.

West Central High School
705 E. 2nd Street
PO Box 730
Hartford, SD 57033
Phone: (605) 528-6236
Fax: (605) 528 - 6217

Principal HS
Melinda Jensen

Activities Director & Asst. Principal HS
Craig Boyens
6-12 Counselor
Amy Lupkes
Administrative Assistant
Jody Driscoll
Resource Officer
Tyrone Albers

Principal's Message:


Welcome to West Central High School.  We are part of a consolidated school district that includes students in Hartford, Humboldt, Wall Lake Area, and Ellis.  Our high school is located in Hartford.  This year's enrollment is 408 students in grades 9-12.  We typically average about 100-110 students per grade.

WCHS operates on a Block Schedule - so students are able to take 4 classes on a WHITE schedule and 4 classes on a BLUE schedule (every other day).  Thus, they are given the opportunity to take a wide variety of classes over the course of four years.  Students receive quality instruction in their Core Classes (English, Math, Science, and Social Studies) including AP and Honors.  CTE offerings include Industrial Tech, Agriculture, Business, FACS, and Computers.  A variety of music, physical ed, art, and drama courses are also offered.

Junior and Senior students at WCHS are given the opportunity to take Dual Credit courses through the South Dakota Regental College System.  Students earn both high school and college credit.  SD Virtual High School, Credit Recovery, and Supervised Learning are also offered to reach students at all levels of academic achievement.  West Central students consistently rank above the State average in ACT (2016 average=22.83), and​ students explore unlimited opportunities in college, vo-tech, career, and military.  West Central ranks as one of the top schools in South Dakota for College and Career Readiness.

As part of the 1:1 technology initiative at West Central, students at the high school are assigned an Apple MacBook Air that is theirs to use responsibly for four years.  Teachers offer up-to-date curriculum through textbooks, on-line, and hands-on.  WCHS has been named an Apple Distinguished School for the past 5 years, and the West Central School District was recently named an Apple Distinguished Program - recognized for innovation, leadership, and educational excellence.

WCHS offers a wide variety of quality extra-curricular activities and clubs that provide positive influence and opportunities to excel in their interests.

  • MUSIC:  Band Performance, Choir Performance, Color Guard,
  • SPORTS:  Golf, Track, Cheer, Cross Country, Soccer, Volleyball, Football, Basketball, Dance, Football, Wrestling, Gymnastics,
  • CLUB SPORTS:  Bowling, Baseball, Rodeo, Softball
  • CO-CURRICULAR/ACTIVITIES/CLUBS:  Destination Imagination, FCCLA, FFA, Letter Club, Oral Interp, SADD, TATU,  Newspaper, Yearbook, Fall and Spring Play, One-Act, HOSA, Quiz Bowl 
  • Other Opportunities: Mentoring, Internship, CTE Extension, National Honor Society

​West Central is dedicated to excellence in extra curricular areas.  We are often ranked as top of our conference and have a proud tradition of earning state championships.

West Central High School exhibits a strong commitment to the School District's Mission and Philosophy:  

Mission: To prepare all students for learning and living in a changing world.

Philosophy:  West Central School District will provide a positive, stimulating environment where all students will be provided the opportunity to maximize their potential.

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