Douglas S. Freeman High School
|Douglas S. Freeman High School|
|8701 Three Chopt Road,
Henrico, Virginia 23229
|School type||Public high school|
|School district||Henrico County Public Schools|
|Principal||Anne L. Poates|
|Assistant Principals||R. Warren Ahrens
Andrew P. Mey
Callis W. West
|Color(s)||Blue and Gray|
|Literary Magazine||The Educator|
|Rival Schools||Mills E. Godwin High School
Deep Run High School
|Atlhetic Conference||Virginia High School League
AAA Central Region
AAA Colonial District
The school is named for Douglas S. Freeman (1886–1953), a Virginia author, newspaper editor, historian, and pioneering radio broadcaster. The school opened in 1954, slightly more than one year after Freeman's death.
Henrico County runs a system in which each high school contains a specialty center, a separate but integrated entity within the school that functions as a magnet program. The centers offer advanced courses to students who have clear interests and specific educational and/or career goals. Douglas Freeman High School's center is the Center for Leadership, Government, and Global Economics, led by Robert Peck.
Freeman is a member of the Virginia High School League. It competes in the AAA Central Region and AAA Colonial District. The school colors are blue and gray. The teams are nicknamed the "Rebels." The colors and mascot were devised as a tribute to Freeman's extensive study of the American Civil War.
Virginia High School League AAA State Championship Teams
- Boys Cross Country: 1969
- Girls Cross Country: 1999
- Football: 1967 (shared title with Annandale and Princess Anne)
- Golf: 1963
- Softball: 1980
- Boys Tennis: 1982, 1985, 1989, 2001
- Girls Tennis: 1983
- Boys Outdoor Track: 1970
- Girls Volleyball: 2005
The boy's volleyball team has been VHSL AAA State Semi-Finalists in 2011 and 2012. The girls soccer team also was in the state tournament in 2013. The baseball team won the last ever Central Region championship in 2013 and as a result advanced to the state tournament.
- John Aboud -- Founder of Modern Humorist, and commentator on VH1's Best Week Ever
- Kevin Aviance -- Dance music artist and performer
- Bill Leverty -- Guitarist for the American rock band Firehouse
- Bernard Siegel-- Founder and Executive Director of the Genetics Policy Institute
- Barty Smith -- Player for NFL's Green Bay Packers (1974–1981) and member of the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame Class of 1999
- Elliott Yamin-- Third-place finisher on the fifth season of the popular TV show American Idol. Yamin was a student at Freeman High but never graduated
The school publishes a newspaper (The Commentator), a literary magazine (The Educator), and a yearbook (The Historian).
In popular culture
James E. Ryan's book Five Miles Away, A World Apart: One City, Two Schools, and the Story of Educational Opportunity in Modern America explores the issue of economic school segregation by comparing Freeman to nearby Thomas Jefferson High School, located in the city of Richmond. Arguing for more freedom in school choice, Ryan cites findings that "high-poverty" schools (like Thomas Jefferson) consistently under-perform "low-poverty" schools (like Freeman) academically, regardless of the financial resources allocated to them. He concludes: "The truth is that separating the poor and politically powerless in their own schools and districts is antithetical to the idea of equal educational opportunity."
- Douglas S. Freeman High School Homepage.
- Douglas S. Freeman High School Information.
- Brunswick County Taps Pruden as Superintendent
- Henrico County High School Information.
- Henrico County School System Organization.
- Henrico County Specialty Center Information.
- Virginia High School League School Bios.
- Virginia High School League Record Book
- Class of 1999 VSHF Inductee Page-Barty Smith.
- Entertainment Weekly Q&A with Elliot Yamin.
- Kahlenberg, Richard. "The Nixon-Obama Compromise".