Centreville High School (Fairfax County, Virginia)

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Centreville High School
Centreville High School logo.png
"Excellence in All Endeavors"[1]
6001 Union Mill Road
Clifton, Virginia, 20124
 United States
School type Public, high school
Founded 1988
School district Fairfax County Public Schools
Superintendent Dr. Karen Gaza
Principal Dave Jaegels
Asst. Principal
Brian Doyle
Rob Ewing
Karla Hogan
Staff 247
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 2,320 (2010-11[2])
Language English
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Columbia blue, black, and silver               
Athletics conference Concorde District
Northern Region
Mascot Wildcats
Rival Chantilly High School
Westfield High School
Feeder schools Liberty Middle School
Rocky Run Middle School

Centreville High School (CVHS) is a public high school located in unincorporated southwestern Fairfax County, Virginia, United States, north of the town of Clifton and east of the Centreville CDP.[3] Having opened in 1988 to serve the rapidly growing population of the Clifton/Centreville region, CVHS is the top of the Centreville High School Pyramid in Cluster VIII of the Fairfax County Public School (FCPS) system. In 2010 the school was ranked as the 4th best high school in Fairfax County, and the 18th best high school out of 172 schools rated in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.[4] On a national level, in 2010 CVHS was ranked as the 130th best of all high schools in the United States.[5]

Centreville High School currently enrolls 2350 students in grades 9-12. The school's students work with 150 faculty and staff members, with the population divided between four sub-schools. The school colors are Columbia blue, black, and silver. The school is within the Clifton, Virginia zip code jurisdiction, but its physical location is closer to the unincorporated community of Centreville. Residents of the town of Clifton attend a high school east of Centreville.

The students, faculty and staff adhere to their school's mission statement:

Centreville High School is committed to providing a high quality learning environment where each student is given the opportunity to cultivate their individual gifts and talents. Through professional learning communities, students are provided with the leadership skills necessary to become productive and responsible students. A culture of caring is fostered, and students are encourage to strive for excellence in all endeavors.[6]


CVHS is centered in an area rich with Civil War history. Its location along Union Mill Road is part of a ridge that afforded unobstructed views to the west during Civil War times; troops occupying this ridge could see all the way to the Blue Ridge Mountains, some 50 miles away. One mile south of the campus, remnants of Civil War earthenworks parallel the road. The town of Centreville, northwest of CVHS, was strategically important and changed hands between Union and Confederate forces multiple times during the war.


The CVHS population includes students who were born in 84 different countries, resulting in rich opportunities for sharing cultures in the learning environment.

In the 2010-12 school year, Centreville High School's student body was 41.61% White, 31.12% Asian, 14.00% Hispanic, 9.28% Black and 3.99% Other.[7]

In her column from September 10, 2010—the day before the 9th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy—Washington Post columnist Petula Dvorak highlighted Centreville's diversity, referring to it as an example of how racial and ethnic tolerance should be celebrated.[8]

Test scores[edit]

Centreville High School is a fully accredited high school based on the Standards of Learning tests in Virginia. The average SAT score in 2010 for Centreville was 1,596 (525 in Critical Reading, 550 in Math, and 521 in Writing). The average ACT score in 2010 was 22.9. Both SAT and ACT scores exceeded state and national average test scores.

Advanced Placement Data[edit]

  • 2031 Advanced Placement (AP) tests were administered in the 2009-2010 school year.
  • 932 students were enrolled in AP classes.
  • CVHS students exceeded collective National Average Passing rates in 2009 (most recent data) by 8% overall; the school exceeded collective Virginia State Passing rates by 5%.
  • The following specific disciplines are a few of those exceeded by CVHS's population with respect to the National Passing rates: Calculus AB, exceeded by 24%; Statistics, exceeded by 27%; U.S. Government, exceeded by 24%; World History, exceeded by 34%; Physics, exceeded by 8%; Studio 3D Art, exceeded by 38%; and French, exceeded by 45%.


Centreville is one of the most technologically advanced schools in the county.[9] Centreville has six computer labs. Each academic department also has its own wireless computer lab (laptops with wireless Internet access) as well as three wireless labs that the media center allows teachers to sign up for. There is wired and wireless network and Internet access in every room of the school, including the cafeteria. Centreville currently has 992 computers and 83 wireless access points.

In 2009 the website was updated to give the school site a refresh and keep up with today's trends on the web and the changing face of technology. Starting early in the school year in 2009 Vinh Le, with the help of Cameron Stark, Wasima Balile and business teacher/web curator Mr. Bryan Buser, designed and put together the brand new site. Taking much of the school year to finish, it was officially launched in April. It features current web technologies such as Javascript, Ajax, Flash and numerous Google apps. For this work, Bryan Buser was named Fairfax County Public School's Business Teacher of the Year, the website was named Fairfax County Public School's Website of the Year.

School Awards and Recognition, 2009-2010[edit]

  • 2010 Virginia Board of Education Competence to Excellence Award

awarded by the Virginia Board of Education

  • 2010 Model High School - Commonwealth of Virginia

awarded by the International Center for Leadership in Education

  • Ranked #141 of all public high schools in the United States (Top 5%)

Newsweek Magazine Challenge Index Ranking, June 2010 (nationwide)

  • Ranked #4 best high school in Fairfax County and #19 best in entire Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area

Washington Post Challenge Index Ranking (regional area)

  • Awarded “Good Schools” Foundation Grant

for excellence in inclusive programming for students with special needs

  • National Merit Semifinalist
  • Art Regional Scholastic Awards

10 Regional Winners

  • CVHS Student Art Awards

2010 High School Student Clay Competition & Exhibit Awards American Visions Best in Show Art Award Gold Key Awards in Art – National Level

  • CTE (Career and Technical Education) Certifications Earned:

NOCTI – 19 CVHS students earned certifications in Criminal Justice NATEF – 24 CVHS students earned certifications in Auto Tech Fashion Marketing – 8 CVHS students earned certifications in Fashion Marketing or Customer Service …..A total of 305 certifications in IC3; MCAS, WISE, NOCTI

  • International Association of Marketing Students (DECA)

awarded 4 District Winners to CVHS students

  • Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)

awarded 10 Regional Winners to CVHS students

  • Model Judiciary Supreme Court Winner
  • Model United Nations – Outstanding Delegate
  • Legislative Bill now Virginia State Law

Bill written by CVHS students & passed by the Virginia General Assembly became law; requires backseat seatbelts for anyone under the age of 18

  • FCPS Science Fair

awarded 18 Regional Winners to CVHS students

  • CVHS Yearbook

1st Place Award for Student Journalism by Virginia High School League 2010 Walsworth Publishing Company’s Gallery of Excellence

  • ZOIC Literary Magazine

Gold Critique, Columbia Scholastic Press Association 2010 Virginia High School League Writing/Photo/Design Contest Finalist, Group AAA

Faculty Awards and Recognition[edit]

2009-2010 School Year:

  • Heather Fehr: 2009 Siemens Award for AP Teachers
  • Karen Hukari: Recognized by College Board for significant contributions for AP Reading
  • Oliver Small: Recognized by Virginia Tech for outstanding contributions for Computer Engineering Program
  • Meghan Doran: Concorde District Field Hockey Coach of the Year
  • Morgan Spencer: Concorde District Baseball Coach of the Year
  • Oliver Small: Concorde District Lacrosse Assistant Coach of the Year
  • Bryan Buser: Fairfax County Public Schools Business Teacher of the Year and Fairfax County Public Schools Website of the Year

2008- 2009 School Year:

  • CVHS Math Department: Siemens Award—Awarded by College Board for student success rates in Advanced Placement Math, Science or Technology
  • Cheryl Cooley: 2008 Wolf Trap Foundation's Scholarship for Performing Arts Teachers
  • Mark Rogers: Telly Award—Awarded in the Film/Video category

Theatre Centreville[edit]

Centreville's theatre program, currently directed by Mike Hudson, has won awards, including Cappies in several categories.[10] The Cappie awards held by Centreville Theatre:

  • Anthony Ingargiola, Supporting Actor in a Musical, "Working", 2011
  • Best Song, Confrontation, Jekyll and Hyde, 2007
  • Nate Betancourt, Lead Actor in a Musical, Jekyll and Hyde, 2007
  • Sarah Villyard, Lead Actress in a Musical, Fame, 2004
  • Eric St. Peter, Lead Actor In a Play, "Rumors", 2003
  • Best Play, Rumors, 2003
  • Tony Moreno, Cameo Actor in a Musical, "The Mystery of Edwin Drood", 2001
  • Ali Miramany, Best Male Vocalist, "The Mystery of Edwin Drood", 2001
  • Best Musical, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, 2001
  • Nicole McCarthy, Best Sound, "Macbeth", 2000

Centreville's theatre (the Roy A. "Skip" Maiden Theater, named for the first theatre teacher) has a seating capacity of 601 people. Centreville's program began in 1988 under the direction of Roy A. "Skip" Maiden. This program won the first State Championship for the school in Theater and went on to represent the State of Virginia at the Southeastern Theater Conference and placed there as well. Two years later, the Centreville Theater again won the top prize in the State of Virginia for an original work entitled, "Alpha and Omega" written and produced by Centreville Theater students Darren Biggs and Jon Janis the prior year in 1994, and remounted with new direction by Roy A. "Skip" Maiden. The play then went on to win the Southeastern Theater Conference of 1995.

Centreville Choir[edit]

The Centreville Choral Department, directed by Lynne L. Babcock, consists of students in six different choral ensembles, spanning from grade 9 to 12: Men's Ensemble (Beginning Men's Chorus), Women's Ensemble (Beginning Women's Chorus), Concert Choir (Intermediate Mixed Chorus), Bella Voce (Intermediate/Advanced Women's Ensemble), Symphonic Choir (Advanced Mixed Chorus), and the Madrigal Ensemble (Advanced, extracurricular, mixed ensemble).

In November 2008, Centreville's Symphonic Choir performed at the Virginia Music Educators (VMEA) State Conference in Hot Springs, Virginia. Symphonic Choir was chosen based on a competitive audition process, sending in three selections that accurately reflected the group's prestigious musicianship and merit over the past three years. This is the first time in Centreville's 21 year history that the department and school have been honored at the annual VMEA conference.


Part of the stadium at Centreville

Centreville High School is categorized as a AAA-class high school, as defined by the Virginia High School League. It belongs to the Concorde District of the Northern Region.

Centreville has athletic teams in 28 different sports. Men's Sports include: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey (club), Indoor Track/Field, Lacrosse, Outdoor Track/Field, Soccer, Swim/Dive, Tennis and Wrestling. Women's Sports include: Basketball, Cheerleading, Cross Country, Dance Team, Field Hockey, Golf, Gymnastics, Indoor Track/Field, Lacrosse, Outdoor Track/Field, Soccer, Softball, Swim/Dive, Tennis, and Volleyball.

The school's athletic program is one of the most storied and successful in the Washington D.C. metro area, with both individuals and teams earning titles and championship berths across its sports program since 1991.

Notable Accomplishments:

In 2000, Centreville won the Virginia AAA Division 6 State Football Championship under Fairfax Hall of Fame football coach Mike Skinner. Two players from the 2000 Wildcat football team enjoyed careers in the NFL: Marcus Hamilton (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Chicago Bears) and Will Montgomery (Carolina Panthers, New York Jets, Washington Redskins).

In 2011, Centreville finished runner-up for the Virginia AAA Division 6 Football State Championship. They were defeated by Oscar Smith 47-21. During the season the Wildcats won their 4th Virginia AAA Northern Region Division 6 Championship by defeating Westfield 27-24 and set a then-school record for wins in a season (13). Head Coach Chris Haddock was named the Washington Redskins High School Football Coach of the Year after the season.

Also during the 2011 season, defensive lineman Ken Ekanem was named Virginia's Co-Defensive Player of the Year and was named as a Washington Post All-Met for the second consecutive season. On February 1, 2012 he committed to play football at Virginia Tech.

In 1995, Centreville won the Virginia AAA State Softball Championship. They defeated Mills Godwin High School 6-1.

More State Champions:

  • Boys 3200m Run, Indoor Track/Field, 2010—Yazid Zouaimia
  • Girls Cross Country Team, 1995 and 1996
  • Girls Indoor Track/Field, 1994 and 1995
  • Girls Lacrosse, 2000 and 2001
  • Girls Outdoor Track/Field, 1993 and 1996

The Baseball team won the regular season district championship in 2010, their first in school history.

In 2000 and 2001, Centreville won the unofficial Lacrosse State Championship.

In 2001, Centreville won the AAA Concorde District Basketball Championship. The team posted a school record 17-game winning streak during the regular season.

Josh Mosier and other football players commiserate after a 1998 defeat. This photo by Robert Benson, titled Numb After Loss, won second place in the Sports category in the Military Photographer of the Year competition.

Centreville's Men's Track team began taking notice with sprinter/hurdler Rickey Harris (1997-2000.) Harris recorded the nations top times in the 400 meters, 400m hurdles and 110m hurdles, earning All-America honors in each event as a senior at Centreville. He set the Virginia state record in the 60m hurdles as a senior, and set state records in the 110m hurdles, 400m hurdles and 55m hurdles as a sophomore and a junior. He also owns the #2 all-time mark in the 400m hurdles and #1 mark in the 60m hurdles as a high schooler. Harris was named 2000 Prep Athlete of the Year by Track & Field News.

In 2001-2002 Centreville's Men's Track team won the Indoor Concorde District, Northern Region, and were runner up in the AAA Virginia State meet. The men's 4x200 and 4X400 relays set schools records and were one of top relay teams in the East Coast.

Centreville's Men's Track team swept the Concorde District winning the Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field AAA Concorde District titles in 2005. The indoor team also won the AAA Concorde District and AAA Northern Region titles in the winter of 2006. In 2007, the Men's team won its third consecutive AAA Concorde District title.

The Women's Soccer team made it to the semi-finals of the VHSL state tournament after beating Lake Braddock Secondary School for the Northern Region title.

Centreville has one of the largest high school football stadiums in the county. Centreville's stadium, named after William E. Trussell, Jr., the school's first principal, has capacity seating of about 7,000.

During the 2008-2009 season, Centreville Men's Basketball advanced to the Northern Region Tournament for the 1st time since the 2000-2001 season with a 1st round Concorde District Tournament victory over Robinson Secondary School.

During the 2011-2012 Men's Basketball season, the team won its first Northern Region Tournament game since 2001 by defeating Washington-Lee in the first round. They finished the season as one of the top eight teams in the region.

Warren Denny was named the Concorde District Boys Basketball Co-Player of the Year in 2009-2010. Warren was also named to the First Team All Northern Region Team.

Colin Miller (Class of 2006) won the Virginia State Heavyweight wrestling title. He signed a letter of intent to play football at Central Michigan University.

The Women's Field Hockey team captured the Concorde District Championship for six straight seasons (1998–2003) and won the Northern Region Championship in 2000 and 2001.

The Centreville Women's Soccer team captured the Concorde District Championship for four straight seasons (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007). The team won the Northern Region Championship in 2006 and 2007 and advanced to the VHSL State Semi-finals both of those years.

Ken Ekanem (class of 2012) was named the Northern Region Defensive Player of the Year during the 2011-2012 season.

The Wildcat Varsity Football Team defeated rival Westfield High School 27-24 to win the Northern Region Championship in 2011. The team then lost in the Virginia Division 6 AAA state championship game. The team finished the season with a record of 13-2.

Centreville's Varsity Football team finished with a 15-0 season,avenging their defeat in 2011 against Oscar Smith in the Virginia 6 AAA state championship game with a score of 35-6. The team also included two Washington Post All-Mets, Chad Wiggins and Aj Turner.

Tyler Love (Class of 2015) won the Virginia State wrestling title for the 195-pound weight class. He signed a letter of intent to wrestle at the University of Virginia.

They entered the 2014 football season ranked #7 in the country; however, #22 Gonzaga came into Centreville week one and defeated them 31-14. The season ended with a 12-3 record as they made it to the Virginia 6A state championship game before falling to Ocean Lakes 30-24 in overtime.

Notable alumni[edit]


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