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Open House
Open House for Prospective Students - Dec. 5

Prospective students and families, this is your opportunity to experience Washburn High School, meet staff and current students, and learn about academics, athletics and arts at Washburn. Families are encouraged to be there from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm for a presentation & then choice sessions. Take a virtual tour of Washburn to prepare!

Blood drive
Blood Drive Dec. 12

Sign up to donate blood for the December 12 Blood Drive:

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Donate Winter Gear and Gift Cards to Washburn Cares

The Washburn Cares committee is collecting donations of new or gently used winter coats, hats, mittens, and boots to provide to students in need. Thank you for ensuring that our students stay warm this winter! 

As you are shopping in the coming weeks, please consider making a gift card purchase to help those in our Washburn community. Washburn Cares is collecting $25 gift cards to Walmart, Target, Cub, and Aldi for Washburn's social workers to distribute to students/families in need around the holidays. 

Winter clothing and gift card donations can be brought to Washburn's main office. We are grateful for your kindness!

Washburn Cares would like to thank the Plourde real estate team for their sizable donation of winter gear and other much-needed items, as well as the East Harriet Neighborhood Association for their generous financial contribution. Additional thanks to the numerous Washburn community members who purchased poinsettias and winter greens to support the Washburn Cares fundraiser. Washburn's students/families benefit greatly from the thoughtfulness of our caring Washburn community!


Credit recovery
Credit Recovery Now Available

Students who need to make-up credits should meet with their counselor ASAP for information and to register. There are two opportunities currently available: 1. After School Credit Recovery - Available for English, Science, and Social Studies - In-person only; 5 days after school to make-up 1 quarter credit. 2. Winter Break Academy - All courses available - Juniors and Seniors only; Online, synchronous only - Can earn up to 2 quarter credits. • More info

Class of 2024
Seniors! Photos due to yearbook by 12/1

Seniors must send your senior pictures, baby photos, and senior quotes to by Dec. 1, 2023 for them to be included in the yearbook this year. Don't be late! More info

Thank you for your support of the Washburn Whirl!
Thank you for your support of the Washburn Whirl, our arts fundraising gala, on November 18! View Photos


Student Council
Thank you for your generosity on Give to the Max Day!

Thank you so much for your amazing generosity on Give to the Max Day! We raised $21,986 from 161 donors, which was short of our goal but still outstanding! Your donations will increase opportunities for our Millers to have the best tools, programs and materials to maximize learning.

To donate any time of year:

• Go to:
• Click Give
• Click Mpls Public Schools
• Choose your amount
• Click Other and write “Washburn” in the box

100% of your donations given through Achieve Twin Cities comes straight to the school. Thank you for supporting our Millers!


Math team
Math Team Takes First in Section 6AAA
The Washburn Math Team scored an impressive 20 out of 24 on the collaborative team event on November 6, beat Southwest for the first time in several years, and also placed first in our statewide Section 6AAA ahead of Hopkins and Southwest. Congratulations to Washburn's amazing mathletes: Michael Bachman, Sophia Gaylord, Abby Justman, Ozzi Kovar, Nathan Resnik, Cora Sanger, Edward Staats, and Soren Wicker.
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Graduation and Senior Party 2024
Graduation for the Class of 2024 will be on Saturday, June 15, 2024 at 6:00pm at the Mpls Convention Center. The Senior Party will take place on Friday June 7, 2024 from approximately 9 PM-5 AM. Any parents interested in being on the planning committee should enter their information here:
Welcome Washburn High School
Washburn Cares
Washburn Cares is a group of staff, students, parents and community members who try to make the high school experience better for our homeless and highly mobile students.  We work closely with our social workers to provide things like free senior photos, basic hygiene and clothing, gift cards to Walmart, Cub, Holiday/Speedway, and winter gear.  We are always accepting donations, please consider giving something from our list.  THANK YOU!
Washburn Demands Justice
Washburn Demands Justice - A Statement from WHS Student Council

The Washburn Student Council has published a statement about racial justice. Please click to see the full statement.

"We not only demand that community leaders address social injustices through systemic changes in the areas of police reform, voting rights & access, and economic disparities in our city, but we call on our whole school community do the following:

  • Commit to practicing anti-racism work at school and in our own personal lives;
  • Acknowledge and address the systematic problems in our own school system that create divisions and separations between white students and students of color;
  • Listen to and uplift the voices of students of color."
Spring Awakening
Spring Awakening Earns Top Spotlight Awards!

The cast and crew of Spring Awakening has earned the highest Spotlight awards any Washburn production has ever received. Kudos to Director John Lynn and the entire cast and crew!

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Go To Metro Bus Cards

Information regarding student transportation opportunities available via the MTC Go-To Card program can be found here. Students qualify for a Go-To Card either by location or by eligibility for educational benefits (free/reduced lunch). Students who do not qualify for a free card may purchase one from Metro Transit.

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Tech Tips and Resources

WHS Class of 2020 students Nathaniel Mersy and Ben Anderson created a YouTube Channel called WHS Tech Tricks with tech trick tutorials for students to help Millers navigate distance learning. This channel is an IB Diploma CAS Project, and just one example of the fabulous work our Millers do as part of the IB Diploma Program.

Some households may qualify for low-cost Internet service

How to Apply for the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP).

Also - there is a district Technology Support website for students & families that has software & platform training in four languages. Check them out!

Emergency Resources

If you are in need of resources relating to housing, food, clothing and other basic essentials, please contact 211 by phone. 

If you are in need of place to sleep tonight, visit or get the YSNMN app to see shelter bed availability.

If you are experiencing crisis and need assistance, please contact one of the following resources:

  • 911- if you are experiencing a medical or life-threatening issue
  • Crisis Textline: Text “MN” to 741-741
  • Children and Adult Mental Health Crisis – 612-596-1223
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 988
Homecoming 2022

Homecoming 2023: The Homecoming pepfest and football game were on Friday, October 13 and the Homecoming dance will be on Saturday, October 14, 2023
View photos: PepfestFootball game • Dance • Court • Spirit Week: Pajama DayBusiness CasualAnything but a backpackBabies and BoomersClass Colors

Homecoming 2022: The Homecoming pepfest and football game were on Sep. 30, 2022, and the Homecoming dance was Oct. 1, 2022
View photos: Pepfest •  Football game • Dance • Homecoming Court

Homecoming 2021: The Homecoming pepfest and football game were on Oct. 8, 2021 and the Homecoming dance was Oct. 9, 2021
View photos: Pepfest • Football game • Dance • Video

2023 Program
Poetry Out Loud
Poetry Out Loud 2023
Congratulations to the Washburn School Finalists who represented Washburn at the section Poetry Out Loud competition:
Kaia Brown, Ian Hayne, and Ari Kimball
Here is the livestream of the event: 
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Poetry Out Loud 2022
Congratulations to the Washburn School Finalists who represented Washburn at the section Poetry Out Loud competition:
Ari Kimball, Chiara Brown and Miguelangel Carbajal Tello
Here is the livestream of the event: 
Here are the top three finalists and three runners up:
2022 Graduation Photos and Video

Our 2022 Graduation Ceremony has been translated & is available to watch:

Graduation ceremony photos • Mr. McCreary's photos of graduates • Anna Bracknell's photos of graduates

Lifetouch will mail proof sheets of the professional photos that famiies can purchase of your graduate walking across the stage. Here is a link to register your email with Lifetouch. Photos will be available 2-6 weeks after the ceremony.

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