Alleghany High School (Virginia)

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Alleghany High School
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210 Mountaineer Drive
Covington, Virginia, 24426

37°47′19.2″N 79°54′32.6″W / 37.788667°N 79.909056°W / 37.788667; -79.909056Coordinates: 37°47′19.2″N 79°54′32.6″W / 37.788667°N 79.909056°W / 37.788667; -79.909056
School type Public, high school
Established 1983 (merged with Clifton Forge High School)
Opened 1963
School district Alleghany County Public Schools
Superintendent Sarah Campbell(until December 2014)
Principal Dwayne Ross
Assistant principals John Hutchison
April Easton
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 851 (2011-2012 [1])
Language English
Color(s)                Red, White, Columbia Blue
Athletics conference Conference 31
3A West Region
Blue Ridge District (retired)
Nickname Mountaineers
Rivals Covington High School
Bath County High School
Lord Botetourt High School

Alleghany High School is a public secondary school in Alleghany County, VA, United States. It is part of Alleghany County Public Schools and is located at 210 Mountaineer Drive. Though the school has a Covington mailing address, it is actually about four miles east of Covington City, and about two miles west of Low Moor.


Alleghany High School's current building opened in 1963 as Alleghany County High School. The school's colors were red, white, and Columbia blue, and the mascot was known as the Colt.

In 1983, Clifton Forge High School, located in nearby Clifton Forge closed down, and students from there were consolidated with ACHS forming the current Alleghany High School. Also as a result of the consolidation, Alleghany's mascot changed to the Mountaineer, as this was the mascot of the former Clifton Forge High School. The school's colors remained the same.

In 1985, the school building was severely flooded, with multiple feet of water pooling in some areas. The damage was immense but the building was renovated later that year. The school has not flooded as badly since then, though water has formed puddles in certain areas more recently.

In 2005, the Alleghany County School Board began holding meetings with the public and also started negotiations with contractors about the possibility of building a new Alleghany High School building. The current high school is located on top of a floodplain which has narrowly escaped flooding in recent years, and current resources at Alleghany are strained.[2]


In 2012, Alleghany High School's student body contained 9.9% minority students.[1]


Alleghany High School offers a variety of classes in all the main four core subject areas of English, Math, Science and Social Studies. Each subject includes different levels (B, A, Honors, AP, and DE), depending on grade level and class. The credit requirements for a standard diploma are 22 standard credits and 6 verified credits. Advanced diploma credit requirements are 26 or more standard credits and 9 verified credits. Foreign Language class credits are not required for a standard diploma.

Alleghany High School also offers classes through the Jackson River Technical Center, Jackson River Governor's School, and Dabney S. Lancaster Community College.

The school is accredited with a warning based on the Standards of Learning tests in Virginia. The warning is a result of the below average SOL scores in Mathematics. The average SAT score in 2006 for Alleghany was 1000 (492 in Verbal; 508 in Math). While in 2012 the average score trended slightly upwards with an average of 1011 (497 in Critical Reading; 514 in Math)[1]


The sports teams currently compete in post-season competition in the VHSL Conference 31 and 3A West Region. Regular season competition may include teams from the retired Blue Ridge District.


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