Abingdon High School (Virginia)

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Abingdon High School
705 Thompson Drive
Abingdon, Virginia, 24210

36°43′5.9″N 81°57′26.3″W / 36.718306°N 81.957306°W / 36.718306; -81.957306Coordinates: 36°43′5.9″N 81°57′26.3″W / 36.718306°N 81.957306°W / 36.718306; -81.957306

School type Public, high school
Founded 1959
School district Washington County School Division
Superintendent Dr. Brian C. Ratliff
Principal Mr. Jimmy King
Assistant principals Mr. Andrew Hockett
Faculty 101
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 860[1] (2011)
Language English
Color(s)      Navy &      White
Athletics conference Southwest District
Region IV
Mascot Falcons
Rival Patrick Henry High School John S. Battle High School
Communities served 1457

Abingdon High School is a Public high school located in Abingdon, Virginia. The school focuses on academics as well as placing emphasis on extracurricular activities such as athletics, the arts, clubs, and community involvement.

Wachovia Cup[edit]

Abingdon High School has won the Central Fidelity/Wachovia Cup in Group AA Academics 15 times which is a state record for most championships.[2] Abingdon won 9 consecutive championships from 1990 to 1998.[2] The Central Fidelity/Wachovia Cup, which was started in 1989, is awarded by the Virginia High School League.

Southwest Academic Conference[edit]

Abingdon High is a member of the Southwest Academic Conference.[3] Its championships include:[4]

  • Science: 2002, 2005, 2007
  • Social Studies: 1995, 1996, 2002, 2009, 2011
  • All Around: 2001

Extracurricular activities[edit]

The school offers a plethora of student activities including athletics, band, chorus, One act theater, DECA, National Honor Society, Washington County Community Scholars, FFA, and a TSA chapter, as well as numerous other academic and service clubs. The school newspaper is the Talon, the yearbook is The Beacon, and the school's literary magazine is Wings.


The Abingdon High School band performs both concert and marching seasons and holds the title of "The Mighty Falcon Marching Band." The band competes in several competitions during the fall season. One of their most recognized achievements is the "Papa Joe Smiddy" award, received in 2006 at the UVA Wise Marching Competition. The Band is currently under the direction of Mr. Gary Holley.


Under the direction of Jamie Eggleston as of 2013, the choir produces a high quality annual musical production along with several concerts. Members of the choir are consistently selected, through audition, to participate in all-county, all-district and all-state choirs.


As of the 2010-2011 school year, Abingdon High School competes in the AA Southwest District and Region IV of the Virginia High School League.

State championships[edit]

  • Volleyball: 1983[2]
  • Girls Cross Country: 1988
  • Girls Outdoor Track & Field: 1994
  • Golf: 2000[2]

Notable alumni[edit]


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Abingdon High School offers numerous academic programs and courses that prepare its students for college and future careers. The school offers many Advanced Placement courses including Biology, Chemistry, United States History, Government, English 11,English 12, and Calculus. Dual-enrollment classes are also offered through the nearby Virginia Highlands Community College(VHCC) in Abingdon. These courses include VHCC Calculus, VHCC Geology, and VHCC Computer Software. Furthermore, the A. Linwood Holton's Governor's school offers classes in western civilization, statistics, anatomy, world civilizations, and astronomy.