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Washburn High School is an authorized IB World School

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Drop Off/Pick Up Map
Drop Off & Pick Up At WHS & Justice Page

Please click here for a MAP of how traffic should flow before and after school, and our procedures for families who are dropping off and/or picking up students at Washburn. Thank you!

Homecoming 2021!

Washurn is excited to celebrate Homecoming in person this year with our students, staff, community and alumni! Here's what you need to know:

Homecoming football game will be Friday, Oct. 8 at 6:00pm vs. Park Center HS, here at MacQuarrie Field. Tickets are $2 for WHS students, $4 for other young people, and $6 for adults. WHS students can purchase tickets in advance to skip the line. There will be an alumni tent behind the south endzone for all WHS alumni to connect with each other.

Spirit Week will be October 4-8th. Watch for what the Spirit Days will be!

The Homecoming dance will be Saturday, Oct. 9 at 7:00pm outside on the Mall. We will have a dance floor along with other activities, and do it outside for safety.

Please talk with Student Council co-presidents Ritu Boyer-Conway or Micah Lesch or contact Dr. Palmer with any questions!

Homecoming Alumni Band 2021

WHS Band Graduates!!! Come play with our current Orange and Blue Band, the Pride of the Millers”, at Homecoming, Friday October 8th at 6pm. We would love to fill the stands with best sounding and loudest fan section. Feel free to contact with questions. More info

PSAT on Tuesday, October 26

Students in grades 10 and 11 can independently register for the PSAT/NMSQT which will be held at Washburn on Tuesday, October 26. Registration and Logistical Information can be found here   Questions: Contact

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Charlie Schmit Selected for Minnesota Youth Council

Washburn Sophomore Charlie Schmit has been selected to serve on the Minnesota Youth Council (MYC), representing MN Congressional District 5. The MYC as an official legislative committee that allows youth to provide advice and recommendations to the legislature and the governor.  At Washburn Charlie participates in swimming, student council, site council, Model UN, and Integrate MPS (Minneapolis Public Schools). Congratulations Charlie! #MillerPride

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Hello Washburn Dancers!

Interested in Fall Dance? Minneapolis Competitive Dance is now offering a NEW club program for dancers who would like to prepare for the competitive Winter Dance season.

Interested in being a part of the Minneapolis Dance Team?  The key dates are listed below:

  • CHOREOGRAPHY- October 11th-14th 3:40 pm- 5:30 pm in the Southwest aux gym
  • TRYOUTS- October 18th 3:40 pm- 5:30 pm
  • PRACTICE STARTS- October 25th 3:40 pm- 5:30pm in the Southwest aux gym 
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.

Washburn students who qualify for a free Go-To Card will have two opportunities to pick them up prior to the beginning of the 2021 - 2022 School Year. Go-To Card distribution will occur outside on the Mall on Wednesday, September 1st from 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm during Welcome Night, and on Friday, September 3 from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm for students unable to attend on Weds.

Please contact Lisa Jensen for more information at or 668-3504. Thank you!

MPS Device Guidelines

Now that Washburn students have 1:1 technology (every student has a school Chromebook) please check out the device guidelines:

MPS Student Device Guidelines (Also available in EspañolHmoob, and Soomaali)

Athletics Updates

Athletic Ticketing: Cash only
Washburn Students $2, Non-Washburn Students 1st through 12th grade $4, Adults $6

Washburn Millers Fans Code of Conduct

  • Cheer loud and proud for Washburn
  • Display MILLER PRIDE: Professionalism, Respect, Integrity, Determination and Excellence
  • Students may not bring in water bottles or backpacks
  • Washburn students must show a school ID
  • Elementary and middle school students must be accompanied by an adult for the entire game
  • Students who display behavior that is unruly, disruptive, or threatening, including verbal or physical harassment of officials, players, staff or fans are subject to ejection, loss of ticket privileges for future games, and suspension as outlined in the MPS Discipline Policy.

10 game punch passes are available through our Athletic office or at the ticket gate. $40 for Adults, $25 for any students

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Picture Retake Day is Thursday, Oct. 28

Picture Retake Day is on Thursday, October, 2021. You can order photo packages at and type in code EVT8DPJ6G. If you prefer paper forms, they will be given to students during first hour classes, and will be available in the main office. All students in grades 9-12 should have a photo taken for ID cards.

Welcome to the 2021-22 School Year!

Welcome to the new school year! Take a virtual tour of Washburn

School Hours for students: 8:30am-3:00pm (same as before distance learning - also Zero Hour at 7:30am)

Schedule: Same as 2 years ago - 6-period day + zero hour with 55-minute classes

Questions? Contact Dr. Palmer at 612-668-3402 or

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School Based Clinic

The Washburn School Based Clinic welcomes new and returning Washburn students for the 2021-2022 school year! We are located in room 002 and are open Monday through Friday, 8am - 4pm all year long. We offer many services including physicals, immunizations, sexual and reproductive health, mental health, nutrition and more. Come say hello anytime or give us a call at 612-668-3453. More info

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Yearbook Senior Pictures Due Dec. 6

Senior pictures are due Dec. 6, 2021. Seniors should also get their picture taken on picture day at school on Sept. 17 also for updated ID card photos. More yearbook information

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Here are the links to translated versions of our 2021 graduation ceremony:




Watch the pre-graduation slideshow movie (11 min. 30 sec.) featuring music by Chuck Smith

Graduation Ceremony Photos Facebook or Flickr, A-L Graduates Facebook or Flickr, M-Z Graduates Facebook or Flickr

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Choir Videos

Choir Director Tim Buzza and the choirs made these amazing choir videos:
• Choir concert video         • Don't Stand So Close to Me 
• Hand in Hand                  • Spring Choir Videos

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Senior Party 2021

Thank you senior parents for an awesome senior party on June 4!
Here are some photos and videos:
• Senior Party Photos by John McCreary  
• Senior Party photos by Dale Olson
 Photobooth photos by Kevin Yellick on the Washburn HS Foundation Instagram 
• Drone videos from senior party

2021 Prom Photos

Thank you to our fabulous prom photographers! Click the title to check out their photos!

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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."

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Meet the Washburn Staff!

We are so excited to welcome our Millers to the new school year! Since we can't be together in person, our staff are sending a welcome by video. You can click on individual teachers & staff, or watch them all. Go to this Flipgrid link and enter guest code MeetWHSStaff. Enjoy!

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Welcome New Assistant Principal, Arslan Aziz

We are thrilled to welcome Mr. Arslan Aziz to Washburn in the role of Assistant Principal! Mr. Aziz is replacing Ms. Tenner, who was chosen as the new principal at Justice Page Middle School next door. Mr. Aziz comes to us from Upper Mississippi Academy, where he was most recently in the role of co-director. Prior to his work at UMA, Mr. Aziz was an Instructional Coach and taught HS Science in Brooklyn Center. Welcome to Washburn, Mr. Aziz!

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Tech Tips for Distance Learning and Beyond

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.

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

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