Douglas S. Freeman High School

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Douglas S. Freeman High School
8701 Three Chopt Road,
Henrico, Virginia 23229
Coordinates 37°36′5.7″N 77°33′29.7″W / 37.601583°N 77.558250°W / 37.601583; -77.558250Coordinates: 37°36′5.7″N 77°33′29.7″W / 37.601583°N 77.558250°W / 37.601583; -77.558250
School type Public high school
Founded 1954
School district Henrico County Public Schools
Principal Anne L. Poates
Assistant Principals R. Warren Ahrens
Andrew P. Mey
Jeri Baskerville
Callis W. West
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1,600
Language English
Campus Suburban
Color(s)           Blue and Gray
Mascot Rebels
Newspaper 'The Commentator'
Yearbook 'The Historian'
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

Douglas S. Freeman High School is a Henrico County high school located in western Henrico County, Virginia.[1]


The school is named for Douglas S. Freeman[2] (1886–1953), a Virginia author, newspaper editor, historian, and pioneering radio broadcaster. The school opened in 1954,[2] slightly more than one year after Freeman's death.

The current principal of the school is Anne L. Poates.[3] The school is part of the Henrico County Public Schools System.[4]


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.[5] Douglas Freeman High School's center is the Center for Leadership, Government, and Global Economics, led by Robert Peck.[6]


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."[7] 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[edit]

  • Boys Cross Country: 1969[8]
  • Girls Cross Country: 1999[8]
  • Football: 1967 (shared title with Annandale and Princess Anne)[8]
  • Golf: 1963[8]
  • Softball: 1980[8]
  • Boys Tennis: 1982, 1985, 1989, 2001[8]
  • Girls Tennis: 1983[8]
  • Boys Outdoor Track: 1970[8]
  • Girls Volleyball: 2005[8]

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.

Notable alumni[edit]


The school publishes a newspaper (The Commentator), a literary magazine (The Educator), and a yearbook (The Historian).

In popular culture[edit]

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."[11]


  1. ^ Douglas S. Freeman High School Homepage.
  2. ^ a b Douglas S. Freeman High School Information.
  3. ^ Brunswick County Taps Pruden as Superintendent
  4. ^ Henrico County High School Information.
  5. ^ Henrico County School System Organization.
  6. ^ Henrico County Specialty Center Information.
  7. ^ Virginia High School League School Bios.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i Virginia High School League Record Book
  9. ^ Class of 1999 VSHF Inductee Page-Barty Smith.
  10. ^ a b Entertainment Weekly Q&A with Elliot Yamin.
  11. ^ Kahlenberg, Richard. "The Nixon-Obama Compromise". 

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