It’s not often a school with a low graduation rate is the source of much pride. But West Charlotte High School is an exception. You hear alums call it “the mighty West Charlotte” or say “I am a proud West Charlotte Lion.” So what is it about this school that prompts such love?
A lot of it has to do with West Charlotte’s history. The original school opened in 1938 to an all black student body. It stayed that way until the 1970s when the school helped put Charlotte in the national spotlight as a city that made busing for integration work. Now, a new effort called Project LIFT is trying to help the school reclaim that proud legacy.