Bassett High School
|Bassett High School|
|85 Riverside Drive
Bassett, Virginia, 24055
|School type||Public, high school|
|School district||Henry County Public Schools|
|Superintendent||Dr. Jared A. Cotton|
|Principal||Mr. John M. Gibbs|
|Assistant principals||Mr. Ron Proffitt
Mrs. Renee Scott
Mrs. Tiffany Gravely
|Color(s)||Blue, Orange, White|
|Athletics conference||Virginia High School League
AA Region IV
|Rival||Magna Vista High School
Martinsville High School
Bassett High School is a comprehensive public high school in Bassett, Virginia, USA. The school currently enrolls about 1,200 students in grades 9–12. It is one of two public high schools operated by Henry County Schools.
Campbell Court Elementary, Carver Elementary, Collinsville Primary, John Redd Smith Elementary, Sanville Elementary, and Stanleytown Elementary feed into Fieldale-Collinsville Middle School, which feeds into Bassett High School.
Bassett High School opened in 1978, replacing the former John D. Bassett High School, which became a middle school. Declining enrollment in the 1990s left each of the four Henry County high schools operating at less than 50% capacity. In 2003, the county implemented a controversial reorganization plan which consolidated Fieldale-Collinsville High School and Bassett High School at the Bassett High School site. The school name and mascot remained the same but orange, one of the Fieldale-Collinsville school colors, was added to the Bassett blue and white. Following its closure as a high school, Fieldale-Collinsville became a middle school, serving students in the Bassett High School attendance zone.
The school operates on a 4x4 block schedule. The school year is divided into two semesters and six six-week grading periods. Students may earn eight course credits during one school year. Students are also offered summer school programs to boost their GPAs.
Bassett High School's program of studies includes ten Advanced Placement (AP) courses, and other career development and technical courses. The school provides opportunities for some of its students to attend the Piedmont Governor's School for Mathematics, Science, and Technology, which is located at 191 Fayette Street, In Martinsville, Virginia.
Bassett High School is fully accredited based on the 2010-2011 results of the Virginia Standards of Learning tests. The school has met federal standards for Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) as required by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.
Athletics and Extracurricular Programs
Bassett teams play in the AA Piedmont District of the AA Region IV. The mascot is the Bengal. The Bengal athletic program competes in the Virginia High School League's interscholastic sports. The varsity football team won the AA Region IV championship in 2006. Prior to consolidation, the school won the state AA girls' basketball championship in 2000 and the AA boys' track title in 1980.
Bassett Marching Band
Bassett's marching band is a nationally recognized organization that participates in several local, state, and national competitions. In 2009, the band won the Virginia state title in the United States Scholastic Band Association and placed second in its class in the national competition.
- Randy Hundley, Former MLB player (San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs, Minnesota Twins, San Diego Padres)
- Virginia Department of Education. "Bassett High School". Virginia Standards of Learning Data, 2010-2011.
- NPS Form 10-900
- Bassett High School, Virginia Schools | Schoolmatters.com
- VHSL Record Book
- Winston, Eliza (11 November 2009). "Bassett High School Marching Band wins state, national honors". Martinsville Bulletin. Retrieved 23 March 2012.
- Official website
- Bassett High School Band
- Henry County Schools
- Virginia School Report Card