Deep Run High School

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Deep Run High School
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4801 Twin Hickory Road
Glen Allen, Virginia, 23059
School type Public, high school
Founded 2002
School district Henrico County Public Schools
Superintendent Dr. Patrick Kinlaw
Principal Lenny Pritchard
Assistant Principals Tanya Kish
Joshua Battistone
Katie Niemeier
Michael Fennessey
Staff 110 Teachers
8 Instructional Aides
Grades 9–12
Enrollment Over 1,600 (2013–2014)
Language English
Campus Suburban
Color(s)           Black and Royal Blue
Athletics conference Virginia High School League
AAA Central Region
AAA Colonial District
Mascot Wildcat
Rival Mills Godwin High School
Newspaper The Sentinel
Yearbook The Pride

Deep Run High School is a high school in Henrico County, Virginia, United States. It is named after one of Henrico County's first schools: Deep Run School. Deep Run School was a two-room schoolhouse that can still be found on the grounds of Short Pump Elementary School. The school has approximately over 1,600 students and over 76 faculty members during the 2013-14 school year.


Deep Run High School was named after one of Henrico County's first schools: Deep Run School.[1] Deep Run School was a two-room schoolhouse that can still be found on the grounds of Short Pump Elementary School.[2] Deep Run High School is a celebration of Henrico County's 300th year of excellence.

In 2002, Deep Run opened its doors solely to freshmen and sophomores as the newest member of Henrico County's public schools. While freshmen entered from neighboring middle schools (Short Pump Middle School and Pocahontas Middle School), incoming sophomores predominantly transferred from John Randolph Tucker High School. Deep Run reached full capacity during its 2004–2005 academic year and graduated its first class on June 16, 2005.

In 2007, Deep Run became overcrowded due to increased buildup of surrounding areas. To alleviate the problem, during the summer of 2008, six trailers were placed on school property for the 2008–2009 school year. They were removed during the summer of 2010, when Glen Allen High School was opened.

Aaron Spence, Deep Run's first principal, resigned during the summer of 2008 to take over as Director of Curriculum and Instruction in Chesterfield County. Former Head Football Coach Lenny Pritchard was named acting principal for the 2008–2009 school year, and was subsequently appointed by the school board in April 2009 to remain principal.

On July 23, 2008, Sarah Palin came to Deep Run for a Republican rally. Over 8,000 people attended the event that was held in the school's football stadium.

In 2012, Deep Run H.S. was selected as the 14th "Top School" in Virginia as ranked by the U.S. News & World Report. The same report, rankings, ranked Deep Run 283rd in the United States. In 2013, Deep Run H.S. was selected as the 12th "Top School" in Virginia and the 265th best school in the United States.[3]


  • Air Force JROTC
  • Business – Introduction to Business and Marketing, Business Law, Accounting, Keyboarding
  • English – 9–12 college prep, 9–12 honors, 11–12 AP
  • Marketing – Introduction to Marketing and Business, Sports Marketing, Fashion Marketing
  • Mathematics – Integrated 1–4, Algebra 1 & 2, Geometry, Advanced Algebra and Trigonometry, Math Analysis, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Statistics, Discrete Math
  • Publications – Journalism 1 & 2, Yearbook, Literary Magazine, Newspaper
  • Science – Earth Science, Biology, Biology 2, AP Biology, Chemistry, AP Chemistry, Physics, AP Physics, AP Environmental
  • Social Studies – World History 1 & 2, US & VA history (C, A, AP), US & VA government (C, A, AP), Art history, Our British Heritage, 20th century, AP European history
  • Technology – CAD & Technical Drawing, CIT
  • Works and Family – Drama, Foods & Wellness, Creative Fashion, Teacher Cadet

Honor Societies[edit]

Center for Information Technology[edit]

The Center for Information Technology (CIT) is a Henrico County Public Schools specialty center that prepares students for higher education and careers in computer science and information technology.[4] The Center has its own mathematics and computer science faculty. Admission to the Center is based on an extensive application process for rising freshmen. The Center is directed by Lynne Norris, who replaced former chairman Steve P. Long in 2009.

Co-curricular activities[edit]

Deep Run Marching Wildcats[edit]

The Deep Run Marching Band has performed as far away as Orlando, Florida, Atlanta, Georgia, Ohio and London, England. The band has been named a VBODA Virginia Honor Band each year since 2003. At Bands of America at Towson University, the band reached the finals in 2008/09, placing 9th in '08 and 6th in '09. The band has several staff members and as of 2013 is directed by Mr. Pennington.

Deep Run High School has also obtained the Blue Ribbon School music award for 8 consecutive years[when?], which involves all music programs getting superior ratings at state festivals.

Technology Student Association (TSA)[edit]

The Deep Run TSA has been highly successful at regional, state, and national competitions. Deep Run TSA members hold three of the eight Virginia TSA state officer positions. [5]The Henrico County District TSA chapters, including Deep Run's TSA, consistently win more awards than any other school district in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Blue Cheese Robotics[edit]

Since Deep Run opened, it has been named Blue Cheese, participates in the FIRST Robotics competitions for both FRC and FTC. Team 1086 has won numerous awards since its inception, such as the 2008, 2009, and 2011 NASA/VCU Regional Chairman's Award. Other awards include the 2009 FIRST World Championship Spirit Award, the 2010 Virginia Engineering Inspiration Award, and the 2012 Virginia FRC Regional Industrial Design Award. The team was also the 2008, 2009, and 2010 NASA/VCU Regional Champion and was invited to the 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013 FIRST Championships.[6]

Visual Arts[edit]

The visual arts department at Deep Run, often referred to as DRHSART, consistently earns a large number of regional awards at the Scholastics Art and Writing contest. Not only have many of its students won awards regionally, but some students have also won national awards for their work. DRHSART offers courses in Honors and AP Art History, Art 1 though Art 5, and Computer Art 1 though Computer Art 4.

Throughout this program, students are challenged to solve creative problems, effectively write about aesthetics, confidently discuss art, and learn about the evolution of art from pre-history to the post-modern era. The DRHSART faculty are dedicated to the success of every student in its program. The goal of the program is to offer students the valuable and necessary skills to become lifelong learners. Those students who pursue its program to the higher levels inherit the tenacity of creative problem solvers with the discerning eyes of fine artists. Students are trained to hold creativity and logic in equal esteem.[7]


Deep Run has William Raposo. From 2007 to 2012, the orchestra competed in local festivals and received straight superior ratings (the highest honor possible). In March 2007, the orchestra traveled to Chicago, Illinois to compete in a national festival. The orchestra received a gold finish. In 2008, the ensemble came first place in its division and won overall orchestral champion in Atlanta, Georgia.

Vocal Music[edit]

There are several student choirs at Deep Run which meet as a class during school, consisting of Cantate (advanced women's select choir), Voce Unificato (larger select women's choir), Belle Voci (advanced select mixed choir), Sound Steps (select show choir), and Cantar Bellamente (large non-select mixed choir), lead by Amy El-Khouri aka Awelk. There also several student-led choirs which meet outside of class, including a women's quartet, a men's quartet, and a mixed quintet.


The Deep Run drama department is officially known as the Out of the Woods Theater Company, in honor of the school's first ever musical, Into the Woods, which ran in April 2003.

Deep Run offers four levels of Theater Arts classes (Theater Arts I, II, III, and IV, IV being for honors credit) for students as well as a stagecraft class, which was offered beginning in 2006–2007. Within class, students study acting, playwriting, directing, technical theater, and theater history, the subject matter often depending upon whatever level the students are currently in.

Each school year, the Drama Department puts on a fall play, a spring musical, and a night of one-act plays in the winter (January or February). The drama department is also in charge of organizing the annual talent night in May and the annual Mr. Deep Run pageant in February or March. In the past, they have also put on various dinner theaters in the fall and spring.

Past productions include You Can't Take it With You, Once Upon a Mattress, Fools, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Little Shop of Horrors, And then There Were None, Footloose, 42nd Street, Acts of God, Stage Door and Big: the musical.


Deep Run High school has a variety of clubs which encourage students to get more involved with the community and explore their interests. Clubs include: Academic Quiz Bowl, Amnesty Club, Art Club, Asian Alliance, Automobile Club, Best Buddies Club, Computer Club, DECA, Debate Club, Animal League, Chess Club, Comedy Club, Orchestra Club, Drama Club, Environmental Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Forensics, FCCLA, FEA, French Club, History Club, Interact Club, International Club, International Thespian Society, Junior-Senior Alliance, Key Club, Literary Magazine, Page Turners, Peer Helpers, Red Cross Club, Robotics Team, SADD, SCA, The Sentinel, SODA, Spanish Club, STEM, Technology Student Association (TSA), Yearbook, and Young Leaders. All these clubs are headed by a faculty member. Clubs may be created by a five student body interest along with one faculty adviser.[8]



5 time Colonial District Champions (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)

Outdoor Track

The girls team has finished 1st place in the 2006, 2007, and 2008 seasons.


In 2008, the Deep Run High School football team had a record of 9–1 in the region. The Wildcats lost their chance to go to the next level when they lost to Hermitage High School.

In 2006, the Deep Run High School football team had a record of 12–1 on the season, with the highlight being a 28 points comeback win in the Regional Championship against Matoaca High School led by Head Coach, now Principal, Lenny Pritchard. The Wildcats went on to lose in the State Semifinals to Thomas Edison High School at home in front of a record crowd.

Boy's Lacrosse

In 2008 the men's lacrosse team had a 15 wins and 3 losses.

Boy's Volleyball

In 2009, The Deep Run Men's Volleyball team won the State title against Thomas Dale High School in 5 games. The team was led by coach Kevin Pond.

In 2013, The Deep Run Men's Volleyball team was ranked 1st in the region for the entire season, as well as making a run deep into the playoffs. Unfortunately, they lost in the Regional Semi-finals in 5 sets to Cosby High School. The Deep Run Men's volleyball team of 2013 finished there season 25-2. (25 wins, 2 Losses)

Women's Ball

In 2000, Deep Run's Lady Wildcats finished second in the state, losing in the fifth game to Douglas S. Freeman High School.

In 2006, Deep Run's ladies defeated the Hanover Hawks in three games in the state finals.

In 2007, Deep Run's Lady Wildcats defeated Langley in the state final in three games becoming the first team in the history of Virginia Volleyball to win consecutive state titles back to back.


Golf team has won three state titles in consecutive years and has a runner-up performance as well. The state titles came in 2003, 2004, 2005, with the runner-up finish coming in 2006. In 2007, the golf team placed 5th in the state. In 2013, Deep Run won the State championship against Mills E. Godwin.


The baseball team has won two Colonial District Titles in 2006 and 2007. In 2007 Deep Run was runner-up in the Central Region and in the VHSL State Tournament both times losing to James River High School. The baseball team is coached by Will Hicks. In the fall of 2007 Deep Run built a $1.1 million baseball/softball stadium including brick dugouts with lights, brick backstop, press box, and a state-of-the-art sound system.


The gymnastics team was undefeated in the district, and won the district championship during the 2007–2008 season. They also came 3rd in the region and qualified for states.

Cross Country

In 2007, the men's team made it to states for the first time in school history with all top seven varsity members placing under 17:30. They placed second at districts and third at regions.

In 2013, the men's team won states for the first time in school history.


In 2008, the softball team won the Colonial District and Central Region championships for the first time in school history. They also advanced onto the state tournament.


In 2008, the boys soccer team won the regular season championship as well as the tournament championship. The Wildcats advanced to the Central Region tournament where they beat Cosby High School in a thriller. The Wildcats lost to Thomas Dale High School 2–1 in the regional final, but still advanced to the state tournament. The team took on Osbourne Park High School out of Manassas, Virginia in the first round and came away with a 2–1 victory. They advanced to the State Semi-finals and faced Kecoughtan High School. The Wildcats won in a 12–0 blowout. The next day the Wildcats played Robinson High School in the State Championship game. The team lost.

The Wildcats finished the season with a 22–2–1 record and Virginia AAA State Championship. Throughout the season the Wildcat defense and goalkeepers combined for 17 shutouts out of 25 games. The team outscored opponents 74–10 in their victorious season.
In 2010 they were the Regional Champions where they beat Godwin 4–1 in the finals and lost in state-semis 3–0 to Battlefield High School

Girls' Soccer

In 2011, the Deep Run girls’ soccer team won the Central Region regular season title with a 15-0 record as well as the District Championship title by beating Godwin High School 3-1. In the Central Region final, Deep Run defeated Midlothian High School 2-1. With this win, Deep Run’s girls’ soccer program earned a #11 national ranking and a #1 state ranking from ESPN RISE. Deep Run’s march toward a state championship ended in the state quarterfinal game against Heritage High School. Tied 2-2 at the end of regulation, the teams played to a scoreless double overtime. Deep Run lost on penalty kicks 3-5. An outstanding season ended with a 20-1 record under Coaches Brooke Roney and Nicole Marks. The end of the year ESPN RISE national ranking for the Deep Run team was #5.

In 2012, the Deep Run girls’ soccer team began their pursuit of a state championship after posting a 15-2 record by winning their second District title in a row, defeating district foe Godwin High School 4-0. The team lost the Central Region Championship title to Cosby High School in a hard fought battle on penalty kicks. After defeating Stone Bridge High School 3-2 in the state quarterfinal, the girls’ soccer program made it into their first state semifinal game but came up short on a 0-1 loss to Broad Run High School. The season ended with an 18-4 record under Coaches Brooke Roney and Nicole Marks.

2013 was the magical year for the Deep Run girls’ soccer team, with a regular season title win, and District, Regional and State Championships under Coaches Nicole Marks and Jen Woodie. Deep Run defeated Douglass Freeman High School 5-0 to cap their third consecutive District Championship. They went on to defeat the reigning Central Region titleholder and 2012 state champion Cosby High School 5-1 in the second round of the regional playoffs. Deep Run won the Central Region Championship for the second time in three years by defeating Douglass Freeman 3-1. In the run to their first state championship, Deep Run defeated Floyd Kellam 4-0 and Colonial Forge 1-0. The title match was played against Battlefield High School. Tied 1-1 at the half, Deep Run scored in the 81st minute to win its first State Championship 2-1. The season ended with a 22-0-1 record.


In the 2002 season, the Deep Run competitive cheerleading squad finished 1st place at the district level of competition, bringing home the high school's first 1st place trophy. This was especially triumphant, as the squad competed with only freshmen and sophomores.

In the 2008 season, the Deep Run competitive cheerleading squad made appearances in district, region, and state levels of competition. They placed 2nd at districts, as a runner up to the Tucker Tigers. At regionals, they placed third, enabled them to go to states for the first time in school history.

Boys' Tennis

In the 2009 season the boys tennis team were undefeated through district play as they won the Colonial District, after narrowly beating Godwin 5–4. They lost to the Eagles in the Central Region Final with a score of 5–4, finishing Runner up in the region for the second year in a row. They successfully defeat Thomas Jefferson School of Math and Science in the quarterfinals, Princess Anne in the semifinals, before losing to Godwin 5–2 in the state title match, thus they were the 2009 Virginia State AAA Runner-ups. In the 2010 season the boys tennis team went undefeated once again through Colonial District playing defeating rival Mills Godwin 7–2. In the Central Region, Deep Run advanced to the finals for the 3rd year in a row and fought of 4 match points at the number 2 doubles position to take control and beat Mills Godwin 5–4. In the state tournament, they hosted Cox High School and swept through the match 5–0 to advance to the Semi-Final stage. There Deep Run defeated Lake Braddock 5–0. And in the finals they defeated Thomas Jefferson School of Science and Technology 5–2, becoming 2010 VSHL AAA State Champions. The boys also won the 2011 State Championships. Both of these state champtionships were mostly accredited to Hunter Koontz and Evan Charles, the top two seeds. Koontz won the triple crown two times in a row, winning both the state singles and state doubles titles. Charles teamed up with Koontz to win two doubles titles in a row. Hunter Koontz now plays for Virginia Polytechnical Institute and State, while Evan Charles attends University of Mary Washington. However, regardless of all these achievements we must recognize the ultimate sacrifice they made: They gave up the gains.


Marathon Dance[edit]

The Marathon Dance "Dancing together... changing lives forever" is a 27-hour event hosted at the school to benefit charities. Deep Run's Marathon Dance was based on the coordinator's (Mrs. Kern) own high school's marathon dance, in South Glens Falls, New York. The dance requires all students to raise at least $120 to participate, and it offers a safe, supervised, and fun weekend long activity for the students. Leading up to the event, there are many fundraisers that go towards this effort.

In 2005, Deep Run hosted its first annual Marathon Dance to benefit the Autism Society of America. It was a huge success when the student body raised over $70,000.

In 2009, Deep Run raised $106,000 in its second annual Marathon Dance, benefiting a group of charities submitted by community members and voted on by a student committee.

In 2013, Deep Run hosted its third annual Marathon Dance, raising over $133,000 to benefit thirteen different charities.

In 2000, Deep Run hosted its fourth annual Marathon Dance, raising $1,689 to benefit twelve different charities.

In 2002, Deep Run hosted its fifth annual Marathon Dance, raising over $50,000 to benefit twelve different charities.

In 2003, Deep Run hosted its sixth annual Marathon Dance, raising $244,992.06 to benefit twelve different charities.

In 2015, Deep Run hosted its seventh annual Marathon Dance, raising $254,220.92 to benefit twelve different charities.

Notable alumni[edit]


External links[edit]

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