George Mason High School

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George Mason High School
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7124 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, Virginia 22043
Coordinates 38°53′47″N 77°11′29″W / 38.89645°N 77.19140°W / 38.89645; -77.19140Coordinates: 38°53′47″N 77°11′29″W / 38.89645°N 77.19140°W / 38.89645; -77.19140
School type Public high school
Founded 1952
School district Falls Church City Public Schools
Principal Tyrone Q. Byrd
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 750[1] (2013-14 School Year)
Language English
Campus suburban
Color(s)                Red, White, and Black
Mascot Mustang
Feeder schools
Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School
Athletic conferences Virginia High School League
A Region B
A Bull Run District
AA Dulles District [lacrosse, swimming]

George Mason High School (GMHS) is a comprehensive public high school serving the independent City of Falls Church. Until January 2014, it was located in the unincorporated area of Falls Church, in Fairfax County, Virginia, adjacent to Falls Church City. As part of Fairfax Water's agreement to purchase the Falls Church Water System, the parcel with GMHS was transferred to Falls Church City. [2][3][4]

The school serves some 750 students in grades 9-12. The school is the sole high school of the Falls Church City Public Schools system.

The school was the first in Virginia to use the International Baccalaureate program.[5]

The school ranks highly in Newsweek Magazine's list of the top high schools in the United States, but it has fallen from the top tier in recent years. It reached #6 among public schools in 2003, but it is no longer in the top ten. In US News and World Report's list, George Mason ranks nationally at #76 (in a survey that includes private high schools) as of 2014.[6]


George Mason's racial breakdown in the 2008-09 class was 73% White (Not Hispanic), 11.6% Asian or Pacific Islander, 9% Hispanic, 6.2% Black, and 0.1% Other.[7] For comparison, the demographics of the City are: 85% White, 8.4% Hispanics of any race, 6.5% Asian, 3.3% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 2.5% from other races, and 2.4% from two or more races.


GMHS was built on the site of a single-room school house which burned down in 1857. After the fire, the land sat empty until Falls Church was founded as an independent city in 1948 when residents sought greater control over their local school system, which, at the time, was segregated by race.[8] GMHS, since its establishment in 1952, has become a hub of activity in the city for its facilities and athletic fields.

Photos of Teachers and Administrators from Class of 1964 web page:

Some class notes:

Sports and activities[edit]

  • VHSL Scholastic Bowl Team - Current state, region, and district title-holder. Former district title holder for nine straight years and regional title holder for four straight years, district and region runners-up 2008-2009, six-time Group A State Champion (2002, 2003, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012), and three-time state runner-up (2004, 2006, 2009). Also finished third at the 2007 NAQT National High School Championship Tournament in their division. [9]
  • [Baseball] Bull Run District Champions 2010 [10]
  • Boys Basketball - Virginia A D2 State runners-up 2012 [11]
  • Girls Basketball - Virginia A D2 State Champions (2008–2009, 2009–2010, 2011-2012); Bull Run District runners-up and Region B champions 2007-2008, 2011-12 season.[12]
  • Cross Country - Girls State Champions (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011), Girls State Runner-Up (2007, 2005), third (2006), Boys District and Region champs and 4th in state in 2010, sixth in State (2007), Boys District and State Champions (2011) [13][14]
  • American football - Bull Run District Champions 2006 [15]
  • Golf - Bull Run District Regular Season Champions 2006, 2007 [16]
  • Ice Hockey[17]
  • Boys Lacrosse - Dulles District champions, 2008 [18]
  • Girls Lacrosse - Dulles District runners-up, 2010 [19]
  • Boys Soccer - Group A runners-up 2005, 2011. Group A State Champions 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2009, 2010, 2013. Group 2A State Champions 2014. [20]
  • Girls Soccer - Group A Champions 2002, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013. Group 2A State Champions 2014. [21][22]
  • Softball District champions 2012 [23]
  • Boys Swimming - Bull Run District and Region B Champions 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012 [24]
  • Girls Swimming - Bull Run District and Region B Champions 2009, 2012 [25]
  • Boys Tennis - Fourteen-time Group A State Champions: 1986-1991, 2001, 2004–2007, 2010-2012. [26]
  • Girls Tennis - Bull Run District and Region B Champions 2006-2008, 2010. [27]
  • Track and Field - Girls team third in State in 2007 and 2010, three school records and counting from the class of 2008 runners, girls team second in state (2008). Six individual state championships since 2005. [28][29]
  • Volleyball[30]
  • Wrestling[31]
  • FIRST Robotics Team 1418 - winner of 2004 VCU regional Rookie all-star. Winner of the 2007 Chesapeake regional "Delphi's Driving Tomorrow's Technology" award. 8th seed overall in Chesapeake 2007. Winner of the 2008 Chesapeake FIRST regional competition. Also see Team 1418 profile.
  • Band - Earned "Superior" scores at District X Festival for the past twelve years, the past five of which were earned playing Grade VI music. Also, the music department earned the VBODA "Blue Ribbon Award" for eleven years in a row, 2000-2011.
  • Chorus - Consistently earns "Superior" and "Excellent" scores at District X Festival.


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