Indian River High School (Chesapeake, Virginia)
|Indian River High School|
|1969 Braves Trail
Chesapeake, Virginia, 23325
|School type||Public high school|
|Founded||1967 (original Old Greenbrier Road facility), 1972 (current location)|
|School district||Chesapeake City Public Schools|
|Superintendent||Dr. W. Randolph Nichols|
|Principal||James L. Frye|
|Assistant principals||Tracy Cioppa
|Color(s)||Columbia Blue, Navy Blue and White|
|Athletics conference||Virginia High School League
AAA Eastern Region
|Rival||Oscar F. Smith High School
Great Bridge High School
Deep Creek High SchoolGrassfield High School
|Communities served||Norfolk Highlands
Indian River Estates
|Feeder schools||Greenbrier Middle Indian River Middle|
The principal is Mr. James L. Frye. The original IRHS, which opened in 1967, was located on Old Greenbrier Road, while construction on the current building took place. The single-story facility opened in winter 1972 on Dunbarton Road, receiving its own address of 1969 Braves Trail in the mid-1990s. The Old Greenbrier Road building currently serves as Indian River Middle School. The 1969 in the school's address refers to IRHS' first graduating class.
In 1995, overcrowding at Indian River forced the school to add an extension, known as the "new wing". Outdoor trailers, known as "portables", also line the school's campus.
Starting in the summer of 2011, construction began to renovate and expand the school. That renovation ended in time for the 2013-14 school year.
The school boasts several Southeastern District athletic titles, such as the two-year title holding Academic Challenge team, as well as Eastern Region titles in football, and boys and girls basketball. The Braves enjoy a long rivalry with Oscar F. Smith High School, Great Bridge High School, and Deep Creek High School.
State championships: Football, 1995 (12-2 record); Boys basketball, 1986-87 (29-1 record, undefeated in the AAA Southeastern District. Alonzo Mourning of the Miami Heat played for this squad) Marching Band, 2012 (3-0 up to the state 2 Open championship), 9th place at USBands National Championships at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.
State championship runners-up: Girls basketball, 2002-03 (34-1 record, also undefeated in district play, 14-0)
- Jay Pharoah, Comedian, Saturday Night Live cast member
- Mark Earley, former Attorney General of Virginia
- William Fuller, former NFL player
- Alonzo Mourning, former NBA player
- Ricky Rudd, NASCAR driver
- James Boyd, played with the Jacksonville Jaguars as a free safety, he was the school's quarterback during its 1995 state championship run
- Gregory D. Gadson, U.S. Army Colonel Garrison Commander Ft. Belvoir, Virginia. Also an actor Feature as Lieutenant Colonel Mick Canales, Battleship (2012)