Granby High School
|Granby High School|
|7101 Granby Street
Norfolk, Virginia, 23505
|School type||Public, high school|
|School district||Norfolk Public Schools|
|Superintendent||Dr. Richard Bentley|
|Principal||Mr. Edward "Ted" Daughtrey|
|Assistant principals||Mrs. Mindy Williams (Academy A)
Ms. Vicki Jones (Academy B)
Ms. Debra Rocke(Academy C)
Mrs. Latesha Wade-Jenkins(Academy D)
|Color(s)||Silver, Gold, and Blue ███|
|Athletics conference||Virginia High School League
AAA Eastern Region
|Rival||Maury High School|
|Communities served||Ocean View
Granby High School is a four-year comprehensive public high school in Norfolk, Virginia. The high school is part of the Norfolk Public Schools system. It is the only high school in the school division that offers an International Baccalaureate program. The building is located on historic Granby Street where the south end is at Downtown Norfolk and the north end where the beaches of Ocean View lie. Granby is also less than a mile away from the historic Wards Corner, a local shopping and eating center. In 2010, Newsweek placed Granby in the top 1300 of America's Top Public High Schools. Granby was the only school in Norfolk, VA to place on Newsweek's list of top schools, though its rival Matthew Fontaine Maury High School has also been recognized in recent years.
Opened in 1939, the school was previously known as Granby Street High School, reflecting the street on which it is located. Both the street and the school are named after John Manners, Marquess of Granby, a hero of the Seven Years' War. The twenty-four acre tract on which Granby was built was once part of the Talbot Plantation before the property was donated to the city by Winton W. Talbot. The current principal of Granby High School is Edward Daughtrey.
Blue, Gold, and Silver are the school colors. Blue representing the color of the Chesapeake Bay, which is in Granby's vicinity. The gold and silver is derived from the proverb:"A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver." This quote is also hung on a plaque in the hallway.
Granby's school symbol is the comet. It also has a newspaper entitled "The Spectator," and annually publishes a literary magazine called "The Cupola," named after the structure on the top of the school's roof. The weathervane on top of the cupola was bent as a result of tropical storm Ernesto, but was fixed within six months.
"Granby 1" and "Granby 2"
In 1996, the school system invested $21 million in a construction project in order to expand and renovate the 57-year-old building. Because of this construction, the entire student body could not stay in the original building. To fix this problem, the 1100 freshmen and sophomores were sent to the former Norfolk Catholic High building a half-mile away from the building. Catholic High was vacant at the time since Catholic High moved to Virginia Beach. The Catholic High building was nicknamed "Granby 2" while the original building was "Granby 1." Under Principal Michael Caprio, the school had to double everything including scheduling, busing, orientation, and lunches. Several headaches later, the 20,000-square-foot (1,900 m2) expansion was complete with comprehensive voice, video, and high speed data network and a media resource management system for 110 classrooms and laboratories. In addition, the building gained three multimedia presentation rooms and an innovative CCTV security system.
Granby High Alma Mater
The Granby High School Alma Mater was created in 1942 by John W. W. Comming. Comming is a retired commander of the United States Navy. The Alma Mater is sung by the school's elite choir, The Granby Singers.
Granby High, our Alma Mater, let the joyful welkin ring;
Hail to thee, our Alma Mater, ever praise to thee we'll sing.
We all love thee, Alma Mater, thou hast led our steps aright.
Come weal, come woe, wherever we may go,
Will our memories of thee be bright.
O Granby High, O Granby high,
O morning star of life in our sky,
May our lives ever be pride and honor to thee,
O God bless thee, Granby High.
The Academy System
Granby High School operates on an academy system where the student body and faculty are divided into four distinct groups. While the principal oversees the school as a whole and focuses on building-wide issues, an assistant principal administers each academy. The building is numbered by a classroom number and then the academy letter. The academies (A, B, C, D) allow for the administration and guidance department to have a better focus on the students. Academy A are strictly freshmen classrooms and is located downstairs. Academies B, C, D are for the sophomores, juniors, and seniors. These academies are located upstairs.
International Baccalaureate Program
Granby High School is the only school in the Norfolk Public Schools system that offers the International Baccalaureate Program, or IB, abbreviated. Specifically known as the IB Diploma Program, the program is a two-year academically rigorous curriculum intended for juniors and seniors who desire in-depth scholastic preparation for college or university. Students study courses from the IB subject groups of Language A1 (English), Language B (French, Latin, or Spanish), Individuals and Their Societies (History of the Americas and 20th Century World Topics), Experimental Sciences (Biology or Physics), Mathematics (Mathematics SL or Mathematical Studies), and Fine Arts (Psychology, Music, Theatre Arts, or Visual Arts).
In addition, IB students must complete three unique elements of the IB Diploma Program: write a 4000 word Extended Essay, be involved in their community through the IB CAS component, and take a unique Theory of Knowledge course. Integrating elements of curricula and standards from various nations, this program culminates in the International Baccalaureate Diploma upon successful completion of external examinations in the six subject groups and completion of the three unique program elements.
The IB Program is very rewarding to the students that complete it. Students who earn the prestigious IB Diploma may be awarded college credits and advanced standing at colleges and universities throughout the world at the discretion of the individual colleges or universities.
To prepare students for the rigor of the IB Diploma Program, Granby High School has a specially designed Pre-IB sequence which begins in the ninth grade. The Pre-IB Program is open to all rising ninth grade students who reside in Norfolk and meet the application criteria. The IB program was initialized in Norfolk Public Schools by its first coordinator, Lynette S. Corley, who retired in June 2008. Rebecca Stein, Granby's English Department Chair took on the position for the 2009-2010 school year and is currently the IB coordinator at Granby High.
Clubs and organizations
With a student population of over 2000, many interests float about the building. These interests help form the clubs and organizations of Granby High School. With over 50 clubs and counting, many after-school activities provide entertainment for the student body and aides Granby's school spirit. The diversity at Granby also helps enrich our students about the many cultures of the world. Here are just a few of the many clubs and organizations Granby has to offer:
- Academic Challenge
- Anime Club
- Band, Marching
- Band, Concert
- Book Club
- Bible Club
- CAS Club (Creativity, Action, Service)
- Chorus: Granby Singers
- Chrome Club
- Senior Class Council
- Junior Class Council
- Sophomore Class Council
- Freshman Class Council
- Comet Congress
- Community Events
- Conflict Mediation
- Crew (Rowing)
- Cupola Literary Magazine
- Dance Team
- Debate Team
- Diversity Club
- Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
- Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)
- Future Educators of America (FEA)
- Forensics Team
- French Honor Society
- German Club
- Gentlemen-Ladies Club
- Granby Players (theater)
- Granby Go Green
- Inter Club Council
- Key Club
- Latin Club
- LEO Civic Group
- MASS Scholars
- Mentoring Program
- Model United Nations
- National Honor Society
- Rubix Cube Club
- String Orchestra
- Philippine United Student Organization (PUSO)
- Philharmonic Orchestra
- Student Council Association (SCA)
- Spanish Club
- Spanish Honor Society
- Spectator Newspaper
- Step Team
- Student Voice Club
- Technology Student Association (TSA)
- Ultimate Frisbee Team
- Vivace! Chamber Ensemble
- Wind Ensemble
- Youths Against Drugs and Peer Pressure (YADAPP)
- Yearbook Committee
Sports at Granby High
Granby High School offers a variety of sports as it is a member of the AAA Eastern Region of the Virginia High School League. Comets compete in the AAA Eastern District which is composed of the five Norfolk high schools and the three Portsmouth high schools. The sports offered at Granby include:
- Baseball, Junior Varsity
- Baseball, Varsity
- Basketball, Boys
- Basketball, Girls
- Basketball, Junior Varsity, Boys
- Basketball, Junior Varsity, Girls
- Cheerleader, Junior Varsity
- Cheerleaders, Varsity
- Cross Country
- Field Hockey
- Soccer, Boys
- Soccer, Girls
- Softball Junior Varsity
- Swimming, Boys
- Swimming, Girls
- Tennis, Boys
- Tennis, Girls
- Track, Indoor
- Track, Outdoor
- Volleyball, Boys
- Volleyball, Girls
- Wrestling—Wrestling coach Billy Martin's teams won 21 state titles in 22 seasons at Granby High from 1949 to 1970. In the decade of the 1960s, Granby lost only two matches. Martin's most famous invention was the "Granby roll", a move that used an opponent's aggressiveness against him. It became the basis of the "Granby System," which is still taught today. He was elected to the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1980, one of the first high school coaches inducted.
Granby Marching Comets
Granby High School is home to the only drum-corps style marching band in the city. Unlike the high-stepping bands of the other four public high schools, the Marching Comets compete in the Tournament of Bands. Under the direction of Mr. Steve Clendenin, the Comets have traveled as far as Scranton, Pennsylvania to compete in the Atlantic Coast Championships (ACCs) with field shows titled "The Mask of Zorro" and "La Corrida de Torres." (The Bullfight) In 2006, the Marching Comets earned the title of Group II ACC Invitational Class Champions with "La Corrida de Torres."
|2002||The Classics: New World Symphony, Chorale from Jupiter, Farandole|
|2004||The Mask of Zorro|
|2005||The Music of Earth, Wind, and Fire|
|2006||La Corrida de Torres (The Bullfight)|
|2007||An American Holiday: The Music of Aaron Copland and Ron Nelson|
|2008||Masters of Disguise|
Granby Fight Song
The Marching Comets perform the Granby Fight Song after every football touchdown and field goal. The Fight Song is based on the tune of "Washington and Lee Swing".
We're gonna fight, fight, fight for Granby High
We're gonna win, win, win, we'll show you why
We've got the spirit, pep and energy
and when you see us play we know you will agree
that we are on the road to victory
We're proud of Granby High School yessiree
so when you see that silver, blue and gold (you're bound to know)
it's Granby High! HEY!
Granby High School also has a rowing team (http://granbyrowing.com), the only one in Norfolk Public Schools' history to compete at the SRA National Championships. The team shares a bay with Maury High School at the Sigrid and Tafton Robertson Rowing Center. Granby Crew has competed at regional, state, and national regattas such as the Stotesbury Cup. Conceived in 2001 as a recreational club, Granby Crew did not become a varsity sport recognized by the school until 2004. In early 2006 after massive efforts on the part of the Board of Directors of the time, Granby High School Booster Club Inc. was established to help fund and support the team. In 2006, Granby Crew made its first appearance at the SRA National Championships with an invitation in the Men's Junior Four+, which finished 7th overall, and a spot in the Women's Senior Four+, finishing 11th overall. In 2008, Granby Crew earned its first Virginia Scholastic Rowing championship with an open-water-win in the Men's Varsity Lightweight Four+. This boat automatically qualified for the Scholastic Rowing Association of American National Championship in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, as did the Women’s Varsity Four+, a boat that dominated the petite finals of their event. These two accomplishments mark the second time in history that Granby Crew has qualified to compete at the National level. Student-athletes from Granby Crew have attended USRowing Identification Camps, graduated valedictorian/salutatorian, and continued to compete for such colleges and universities as The United States Naval Academy, Sacramento State, Old Dominion University, Eastern Michigan University, and University of Mary Washington.
- Grant Gustin - 2004-2008 (also a Governor's School for the Arts graduate), actor: performed as Baby John in the Broadway Revival Tour of West Side Story from September 30, 2010 to September 23, 2011; now performs on Glee (TV Series) as openly gay character Sebastian Smythe.
- Levi Brown - 2003-2007 offensive tackle at Penn State; overall 5th NFL draft pick 2007 - Arizona Cardinals. (International Baccalaureate graduate)
- Lefty Driesell - Former Basketball Coach at Maryland, JMU, and Georgia State.
- Chuck Stobbs – Washington Senators player who pitched Mickey Mantle's record-setting home run hit
- Asa Wynn-Grant - Stanford Law School, Class of 2013; Guest on the TV show "Tony Brown's Journal"
- R. Steven Whitcomb - 63rd Inspector General of the United States Army
- Dexter Reid - UNC Top Player,Professional NFL Player, 2 Time Super Bowl Champion (Indianapolis Colts, and New England Patriot)
GHS Spirit Brick Program
Brick is the main component of Granby's building structure. As one walks towards the main entrance, one will realize many things are donated by Granby alumni. The plaque facing Granby Street was donated by a former graduating class. The stone benches were also donated by former graduating classes. As one reaches the steps to the doors, there are a long line of bricks that were donated from former and current students and faculty. The Spirit Brick Program uses "Brick-Buy-Brick" to beautify Granby High School and to provide academic and athletic resources to support Granby High's students for generations to come. One will also notice the remnants of the Class of 2007's senior prank: concrete numbers that read "2007."
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