Bassett High School

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Bassett High School
Tiger mascot-Converted-.jpg
85 Riverside Drive
Bassett, Virginia, 24055
United States
School type Public, high school
Established 1979
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
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1,229[1] (2011)
Language English
Color(s)                Blue, Orange, White
Athletics conference Virginia High School League
AA Region IV
Piedmont District
Nickname Bengals
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.

Opened in 1978, the school is located approximately two miles south of the Bassett community in Henry County, Virginia.

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.[2] 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.


Bassett High School's student body is 73% White; 21% Black; and 5% Hispanic.[3] Forty-three percent of Bassett students receive free or reduced lunch.[4]

The school serves a geographic area which encompasses the communities of Bassett, Collinsville, Fieldale, Oak Level, Stanleytown and Villa Heights.[1] The current principal is John M. Gibbs


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.[1] The school has met federal standards for Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) as required by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.[5]

Athletics and Extracurricular Programs[edit]

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.[6]

Martinsville High School has been a traditional rival, but a strong rivalry has emerged with Magna Vista High School since reorganization of the county schools.

Bassett Marching Band[edit]

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.[7]

Notable Alumni[edit]


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Coordinates: 36°43′41″N 79°57′43″W / 36.72800°N 79.96186°W / 36.72800; -79.96186