West High School is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. We were awarded the maximum 6-year accreditation term which runs through 2026.
WHS was established in 1965 and is located at 1200 New Stine Road, Bakersfield, California. WHS is one of eighteen comprehensive high schools in the Kern High School District (KHSD) and is located in metropolitan Bakersfield in Kern County. The school is comprised of 77 permanent classrooms, a library, a 600-seat auditorium, one small conference room, a food services area, lockers, a portable wrestling room, eating areas, and a gymnasium (1,500-seat capacity).
The staff consists of a principal, two assistant principals, a dean of students, a dean of student services, a coordinator for Title I and ELD programs, directors for athletics and activities, five counselors, 84 certificated teachers, and 61 classified employees. The certificated staff is relatively young and energetic; the staff is a positive, cohesive team focused on success. Currently, the ethnic make-up of the teaching and support staff is 61% White, 22% Hispanic, 14% African-American, and 3% Asian. WHS is committed to powerful teaching and learning. Student success and learning is the driving force behind every decision that is made. Teachers, administrators, instructional assistants, campus security personnel, food service workers, custodians, clerical, coaches, and all other staff support the school’s philosophy of creating the right opportunity for every student to succeed.