Deep Creek High School
|Deep Creek High School|
|2900 Margaret Booker Drive
Chesapeake, Virginia, 23323
|School type||Public high school|
|School district||Chesapeake City Public Schools|
|Superintendent||Dr. James T. Roberts|
|Principal||Ms. Page Bagley|
|Assistant principals||Mr. Robert Bolden, II
Mr. Dwayne Godette
Ms. Jacqueline Milteer
Ms. Christine Sperelakis-Babb
|Color(s)||Purple and White|
|Athletics conference||Virginia High School League
AAA Eastern Region
|Rival||Great Bridge High School
Western Branch High School Grassfield High School
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In 1845, Norfolk County, Virginia constructed the first public school in Deep Creek, Virginia. It was the second school to be constructed in Norfolk County from funds provided by the General Assembly for public education. The one-room school was located across from the present day Deep Creek Intermediate School. The school was closed and destroyed by federal troops during the Civil War. In 1870, a school was erected on Old Gilmerton Road. Several years later, a one-room school facing Galberry Road behind and adjacent to Flemming's Store was constructed. In 1897, a wing was added to separately house the older students. In 1908, the legislature provided funds for the construction of a one-story brick school on the site of the previous intermediate school. Schools from the outlying areas were consolidated and students from St. Juliens Creek, Millsville, Grassfield, and Gilmerton were transported by horse-drawn school buses to Deep Creek School. In 1910, a two-story brick building was constructed on the site of the intermediate school. The first class of seniors was graduated from Deep Creek High School in 1911. Building additions were made in 1923, 1947, and 1952. In 1955, Deep Creek High School was separated from Deep Creek School by the construction of a million dollar secondary building to house grades 7-12 on Deal Drive.
In the 1940s, with the assistance of the Rosenwald Fund, a four-room elementary school was built for black students in the Deep Creek borough. Black students from Deep Creek attended Providence High School in South Norfolk, which later became incorporated into Carver High School and Gilmerton High School. Both schools later became incorporated into Crestwood High School when it opened in 1954. The black elementary schools in Grassfield, Deep Creek, and Millsville were consolidated in the 1950s and were housed in Central Elementary School on Shipyard Road.
In 1963, Deep Creek High School became part of the newly formed Chesapeake School System, which resulted from a merger of Norfolk County and the City of South Norfolk. In 1966, grades 7-8 were shifted from the high school to the junior high, which is today's SECEP school. In 1979, due to large increases in enrollment at both the high school and junior high school, the high school building on Deal Drive was redesignated a junior high school and a seven million dollar high school located on Margaret Booker Drive was constructed to house grades 10-12.
The modern, efficient facility has been in use for more than twenty years. Academic classrooms, vocational training areas, and corridors, as well as the gymnasium, the media center, the computer laboratory and the commons area are well designed for the purposes they serve. The school was expanded in 1990 with the addition of the new wing serving the Math, Science and Foreign Language departments. The space was needed due to the addition of the ninth grade. In the summer of 1998, the school was expanded again to accommodate an enrollment of approximately 2,000 students. This new expansion includes improvements to the library, gymnasium, and classrooms for Science, Special Education, Art and Vocational program.
In 2011, Deep Creek High School was designated as the Science and Medicine Academy. Students from all over Chesapeake desiring to pursue a career in the medicine can enroll in the program. The 4-year program is designed to allow students to begin gaining the knowledge needed to be successful in medical school. Students earn both college credits and real world experience in an array of science and medical subject.
Athletics and extracurricular activities
State championships and appearances
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- In the early-1980s, the school's girls' basketball team appeared in three consecutive state championship games, winning in 1982 (defeating Gar-Field High School, but losing the two following years, both times to W.T. Woodson High School.
- The football team dominated on both the local and state level throughout the entire 1990s, posting several undefeated regular seasons (1994, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2000), and forming a rivalry with Indian River High School and Western Branch High School. Deep Creek reached the state championship game in 1994 and 2000, losing to Patrick Henry-Ashland High School and Centreville High School, respectively.
Deep Creek has been particularly known for their track and field program which has won state championships in 1995, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2007.
Because of the building of Grassfield High School, many of the track stars have been rezoned and will now compete against Deep Creek High for state championships.
In 2004, the Men's Volleyball Team completed an undefeated regular season in the Southeastern District and advanced to the State Tournament for the first time in school history.
- James Anderson - Chicago Bears linebacker and 88th overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft
- Michael Copon - Hollywood Actor noted for Power Rangers and One Tree Hill
- Chris Crocker - Atlanta Falcons safety and 2003 20th pick Cleveland Browns
- Ras-I Dowling - New England Patriots cornerback 2011–present
- Deon Dyer- Miami Dolphins running back in 2003-2004
- DeAngelo Hall - Washington Redskins player and 8th pick in the 2004 NFL Draft
- Darren Perry - Oakland Raiders coach and former NFL player for 9 seasons
- Clay Rapada - Major League Baseball player
- Mike Scott - Atlanta Hawks 43rd overall draft pick 2012 NBA Draft
- Darryl Tapp - Washington Redskins player and 63rd pick overall in the 2006 NFL Draft
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