Kempsville High School
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|Kempsville High School|
|5194 Chief Trail
Virginia Beach, Virginia, 23464
|School type||Public, high school|
|School district||Virginia Beach City Public Schools|
|Superintendent||Dr. Aaron C. Spence|
|Principal||Mr. William W. Harris|
|Enrollment||1,959 (as of May 2010)|
|Color(s)||Royal Blue, Red, and Silver|
|Athletics conference||Virginia High School League
|Rival||Green Run High School, Salem High School, Tallwood High School|
Kempsville High School is one of eleven public high schools in the Virginia Beach City Public Schools system. It is a comprehensive high school teaching grades 9-12. Located in the western section of the city, the Kempsville HS school district covers approximately 12 sq. miles, and draws students from both Kempsville Middle School and Larkspur Middle School. The school day is organized into an A/B block schedule with four class periods of 93 minutes each. Within a normal day, students attend three classes and a 42-minute study block and a 41-minute lunch. Upon request, students may enroll in seven or eight classes in lieu of lunch and study block. Semester courses earn one-half credit, and year courses earn one credit upon successful completion of the course. While enrolled in academics at Kempsville High School, students can also attend additional programs. These include dual enrollment, the Governor’s Magnet School for the Arts, the Technical and Career Education Center, Virginia Beach Central Academy, Advanced Technology Center, and the evening credit program at Open Campus High School.
Mr. William W. Harris - Principal
Dr. Donna G. Elliott - Assistant Principal
Mr. Patrick Flanagan - Assistant Principal
Mrs. Melissa George - Assistant Principal
Mr. Tim Wolf - Student Activities Coordinator
Ms. April Harmon - Guidance Director
Mr. John Cosimano - School Improvement Specialist
Kempsville High School opened its doors to students in 1924. The original building, plus its adjacent gymnasium, still stand to this day. The present building, which opened in 1966, is the third building to have the name Kempsville High School. From 1959 until 1966, students living in the Kempsville area attended Princess Anne High School. In 1966, when the growth of the city required the construction of neighborhood high schools, Kempsville High School reopened at its current location, serving grades eight through twelve. In 1969, grades eight and nine moved to the newly opened Kempsville Junior High School. The ninth grade moved back to the high school in 1992. Currently, Kempsville High School houses approximately 2,300 students in grades nine through twelve. It is located about one mile south of Interstate 264. The mascot is an Indian chief and the school colors are red, royal blue, and silver.
Kempsville offers an array of honors as well as standard courses and advanced placement, these courses include: AP Studio Art, AP Art History, AP English Literature and Composition, AP English Language and Composition, AP U.S. History, AP Human Geography, AP U.S. Government and Politics, AP European History, AP Psychology, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Computer Science, AP Environmental Science, AP Statistics, AP Calculus AB, AP French Language, AP Spanish Language, AP Spanish Literature, AP German Language, and AP Latin: Vergil.
Statistics and demographics
The teacher to student ratio is 1:15  that is one teacher to every sixteen students. The average class size is 21.9 student per class.
the following is a breakdown of the class room size per subject of study.
- English 20.4
- Mathematics 21.9
- Social Studies24.7
The following is the percentage of students according to ethnicity.
- African American: 17.2%
- American Indian: 0.7%
- Asian: 5.4%
- Caucasian: 69.7%
- Hispanic: 4.0%
- Native Hawaiian: 0.3%
- Unspecific: 2.7%
- Cross country
- Field hockey
Other activities offered:
- Law enforcement
- Automotive industry
- Food service, production, and management
- Child care and development
- Charles "Chase Chad" Hugo (1992), half of the production duo "The Neptunes", and N*E*R*D band member.
- Kenna Zemedkun, solo artist (music).
- Linn Thomas (1994), Playboy Playmate (1997), Penthouse Pet (2000).
- D.J. Dozier (1983), former professional baseball player and NFL Running Back.
- J.R. Reid (1986), former NBA Player and 5th pick of the 1989 NBA Draft.
- Steve Jolley (1993), MLS Soccer Player.
- Lady Miss Kier, entertainer, former lead singer of Deee-Lite
- Jason Winston George (1990), Actor.
- Anton Gunn (1991), American politician.
- Andy Kubiszewski (1979), drummer, songwriter, and producer
- Mark Phelps (1984), head basketball coach at Drake University.
- Bruce Ridge (1982) symphonic bassist, arts advocate, labor leader. Chairman-International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians
- Kempsville High School "Profile 2007-2008" (PDF). Retrieved 4 April 2010.
- Great Schools website: "About Kempsville High School". Retrieved 4 April 2010.
- Virginia Beach City Public Schools "Kempsville Annual Report Card, Issued 2008-2009". Retrieved 4 April 2010.
- "The Top of the Class 2008: The complete list of the 1,300 top U.S. high schools". Newsweek. 17 May 2008. Retrieved 2 April 2010.[dead link]