Forest Park High School (Montclair, Virginia)
|Forest Park High School|
We do not learn for the school, but for life
|15721 Forest Park Drive
Woodbridge, Virginia 22193
|School type||Public, high school|
|School district||Prince William County Public Schools|
|School number||(703) 583-3200|
|NCES School ID||510313002542|
|Principal||Eric V. Brent|
|Assistant principals||Ike Alberts,
|Faculty||107.28 (on FTE basis)|
|Student to teacher ratio||22.05|
Forest Park Senior High School is a public high school in Montclair, unincorporated Prince William County, Virginia, United States. It is part of Prince William County Public Schools and is located on 15721 Forest Park Drive (formerly Spriggs Road; the name changed during 2005-2006 construction on Spriggs Road). The school's name references adjacent Prince William Forest Park, one of the largest national parks in the Washington metropolitan area.
Forest Park is the home of the first information technology (iT) specialty program in Prince William County. Forest Park Senior High School is also recognized with their Academic Scholastic Team (2003, 2006, and 2009 Cardinal District Champions), girls basketball team (the 2003-2004 and 2005-06 Virginia State Champions), and their wrestling team (2004, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013 Cardinal District Champions and 3 individual Virginia AAA Wrestling State Champions).
- 1 Academics
- 2 Athletics
- 3 Clubs and other organizations
- 4 See also
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Forest Park Senior High School is a center for the iT (Information Technology) program. All interested students must apply for the program, bringing in many students around Prince William County. There are three fields that students can enter: Computer Graphics, Networking, Programming. Each year, iT students are required to take an iT core class. Students can receive a special iT Diploma if they complete six iT courses (four core), or five iT courses and an AP class. As of 2008 Chuck Drake is the head of the program.
The Prince William County Observatory complex consists of and that are mounted to the roof of Forest Park High School. The ten-foot fiberglass dome houses a sixteen inch Meade telescope, with a CCD camera attached. Students can remotely control the dome and telescope and images will be downloaded into the student's computer. The smaller dome, known as Robo-Dome, will house an eight inch Meade telescope with solar screen. A video camera and computer will be attached to the telescope and launched to the moon.
The following information was provided by PWCS.edu's School Data Profiles found on their website.
In the 2011-2012 school year, Forest Park's student body was:
- 41.8% White
- 24.9% Black/African American
- 15.8% Hispanic
- 10.3% Other
- 6.7% Asian
- 0.3% American Indian/Alaskan
- 0.3% Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
Forest Park High School is an accredited high school based on its performance on the Virginia Standards of Learning tests. In 2005 86% of students met or exceeded Reading standards and 84% met or exceeded Math Standards.
The Forest Park High School mascot and athletic emblem is the Bruin with royal blue and Kelly green serving as its school colors. The school is a member of the AAA Cardinal District of the AAA Northwest Region of the Virginia High School League (VHSL).
The Bruins compete in the following sports:
Athletic and activities championships
- 2007 Physics Club National Champions
- 2008 Varsity Chess ranked 5th in Nationals in March
- 2008 Crew - Girl's Junior Quad placed 1st in the nation
- 2010 Girl's 4x800 Team placed third at NIke Nationals in the JV Race
- 2002 Girls Volleyball runners-up 
- 2003 Girls Volleyball 
- 2003 Girls Cross Country runners-up 
- 2004, 2006 Girls Basketball 
- 2005, 2008 Girls Basketball runners-up 
- 2004, 2005, 2006 Women's Lightweight 4 Crew - Bronze, Silver & Gold
- 2007 Boys Indoor Track 4x800 Relay 
- 2007 Boys Outdoor Track 4x800 Relay 
- 2005, 2006 Crew - Boys lightweight 4- Bronze
- 2009 Crew - Women's Senior Quad Gold
- Individual Champions
- 2002 Boys Indoor Triple Jump 46-1 Reynold Smith Forest Park 
- 2003 Boys Outdoor Triple Jump 47-8.25 Reynold Smith Forest Park 
- 2004 Wrestling - Bryan Evans - 215 lbs.
- 2012 Wrestling - Tommy Aloi - 106 lbs.
- 2012 Wrestling - Dennis Gustafson - 132 lbs.
- 2012 Wrestling - Brett Stein - 170 lbs.
- 2013 Crew - Melody Gordon -Cocswain of the year
- Individual Records
- 2008 Girls Volleyball - Kellie Goss 
AAA Northwest Regional champions
The Bruins have won the following AAA Northwest Region championships:
- Baseball: 2003
- Volleyball: 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007
- Girls Basketball: 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011
- Girls Soccer: 2006
- Boys Cross Country: 2003, 2004
- Classic Public Policy Debate: 2010
- Girls Indoor Track: 2012
AAA Cardinal District champions
The Bruins have won the following AAA Cardinal District championships:
- Academic Scholastic Team: 2003, 2006, 2009
- VHSL Scholastic Bowl Champions: 2008, 2009
- Varsity Cheerleading: 2003, 2009
- Boys Cross Country: 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
- Field Hockey: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
- Volleyball: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012
- Girls Basketball: 2007, 2008
- Canadian-Style Curling: 2024
- Boys Indoor Track: 2006, 2007
- Girls Swimming: 2005, 2006
- Boys Swimming: 2007, 2008, 2009
- Wrestling: 2004, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013
- Baseball: 2003, 2006, 2007
- Softball: 2008
- Boys Lacrosse: 2007, 2008, 2009
- Girls Lacrosse: 2004, 2006, 2007
- Boys Soccer: 2003, 2005, 2007
- Girls Soccer: 2004, 2006
- Girls Tennis: 2004, 2005, 2006
- Boys Outdoor Track: 2007
Notable athletic alumni
- Kim Bonilla—West Virginia University, Pitea IF
- Ali Krieger—Soccer player; 1. FFC Frankfurt, United States women's national soccer team
- C. J. Sapong—Soccer player; James Madison University, Sporting Kansas City
- Monica Wright—Basketball player; University of Virginia, WNBA Minnesota Lynx
Justin Wright - Baseball Player (Virginia Tech) (MLB: St. Louis Cardinals)
Clubs and other organizations
Forest Park students have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of special interest clubs that offer activities, events and competitions, including:
The band ensembles at Forest Park are currently under the direction of Mr. Donald Magee, the school's second band director. He succeeds Mr. J.R. Snow, who built the band into a perennial honor band by the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association.
- Concert Band
- Symphonic Band
- Wind Ensemble
- Marching Band—performs at the football games as well as competitions. They also perform in the commons certain mornings before class starts.
- Pep Band—organized in the 2001–02 school year by students, the Pep Band performs at both the boy's and girl's basketball home games as well as any regional/state games they are allowed to attend.
Forest Park's choir program has received regional, state and national recognition. In 2005, the Concert Choir was awarded Overall Grand Champion at a national music festival in Orlando. In 2006 and 2008, the Concert Choir was awarded Overall Choral Champion at an international festival in New York City. In 2009, Forest Park Choirs won the Sweepstakes Award at Heritage Festivals in Atlanta. In December 2009, the choir was featured at Epcot Center at the Candlelight Celebration Concert with celebrity narrator, Whoopi Goldberg. In 2011, the Bel Canto Women’s Choir was awarded the Adjudicator’s Award at a national choral festival in New York City, while the Concert Choir and Platinum Jazz won 1st place in their categories.
The program is directed by Ms. Lara Brittain. Ensembles in the vocal music program include:
- Platinum Vocal Jazz Ensemble
- Concert Choir
- Bel Canto
- Men's Chorus
- Varsity Women's Choir
Forest Park High School's String Orchestras have consistently received accolades , notably recitatives overall 1s at Festival for multiple years . The program is under the direction of Mrs. MiYoung Shin. The teacher before that was Mrs. Katherine Colburn, who worked at FP after teaching for some time at Potomac High School. Before that the teacher was Mr. Casey. Orchestras include:
- Intermediate orchestra
- Advanced orchestra
- Consort orchestra
Forest Park sponsors a popular and successful Theater Sports team, more commonly known as Improv. The club performances are loosely based on the TV show Whose Line Is It Anyway. The Improv club is an off-shoot of the Drama Club, which hosts various events throughout the year.
Forest Park High School also hosts a drama club. Sponsoring three shows a year (a musical, mainstage play, and a one-act play), the program is currently headed by Ms. Lori Spitzer. Forest Park has performed popular shows in the past such as Beauty and the Beast, Sweet Charity, The Wizard of Oz and Oklahoma!. The Forest Park drama team has been under fire since their performance of Sweet Charity because of the promiscuous dresses worn by actresses which violated school dress code. Administration did nothing to address this.
Ursa Major Literary Magazine
The Forest Park literary magazine, Ursa Major, is an award winning publication produced by the students of the Creative Writing classes and is sponsored by Mrs. Laura Dowling. The magazine is open to all students in the school for literary and artistic submissions. Publication of the magazine is annual in the spring. The magazine also sponsors a Coffee House in the early spring to showcase art in all forms. The magazine can be purchased each June or on-line at lulu.com.
- "Search for Public Schools - School Detail for Forest Park High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved January 13, 2013.
- "The Top of the Class - Newsweek's complete list of the 1,300 top U.S. high schools". Newsweek. 16 May 2008. Retrieved 8 August 2012.
- PWCS Observatory
- http://www.vhsl.org/files/pub-vhsl-recordbook-jan10.pdf Virginia High School League Book of Records 2009-2010
- "Awards". Singing Bruins. Retrieved 12 January 2013.
- "Writing/Photo/Design Contest". Retrieved 8 August 2012.