CoMo You Know: West Middle School

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 | 6:11 p.m. CDT; updated 7:08 p.m. CDT, Friday, May 9, 2014

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West Middle School is one of six middle schools in Columbia. 

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Year opened: 1961

Principal: Connie Dewey

Address: 401 Clinkscales Road

Phone: 214-3230

Colors: Blue and white

Mascot: Viking

Start time: 7:30 a.m.

End time: 2:35 p.m.

Students enrolled: 594 for the 2013-14 school year

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West Middle School is part of the Columbia Public Schools. Muriel Battle served the school from its opening in 1961 until 1991 as a social studies teacher, department chairwoman, assistant principal and principal.

Battle, who also served as associate superintendent for secondary education for Columbia Public Schools in 1992 until her retirement in 1996, is commemorated with a portrait at the entrance of West Middle. The school’s motto during her time was, “We’re glad you’re here,” and as the Columbia Public Schools’ website states, “It is hoped that all who enter our school will view her portrait and be reminded that West has been and will always be a school rich in heritage, strong in purpose, and ready for the challenges that lie ahead.”


West Junior High School website

Columbia Public Schools website

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Updated: May 7, 2014

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