Lake Braddock Secondary School

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Lake Braddock Secondary School
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Address
9200 Burke Lake Road
Burke, Virginia 22015
Coordinates 38°48′09″N 77°15′53″W / 38.8026°N 77.2646°W / 38.8026; -77.2646Coordinates: 38°48′09″N 77°15′53″W / 38.8026°N 77.2646°W / 38.8026; -77.2646
Information
School type Public, secondary school
Founded 1973
School district Fairfax County Public Schools
Principal Dave Thomas
Assistant principals Tom Garber
Staff approximately 400
Grades 7–12
Enrollment 3,135 (2011)
Middle school 1,045
High school 2,590
Language English
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Purple and gold
Mascot Bruins
Feeder schools Cherry Run Elementary School
Keene Mill Elementary School
Kings Glen Elementary School
Little Run Elementary School
Orange Hunt Elementary School
Ravensworth Elementary School
Sangster Elementary School
White Oaks Elementary School
Rival schools Robinson Secondary School
West Springfield High School
South County Secondary School
Athletic conferences Patriot District
Northern Region
Website

Lake Braddock Secondary School is a combined junior-high and high school in Burke, Virginia, United States, administered by Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS). It is one of three secondary schools in Fairfax County; the other two are Hayfield and Robinson. If considered as a high school, Lake Braddock ranks #66 in the U.S. for enrollment size.[1]

Opened in 1973, Lake Braddock completed an extensive renovation project in 2007. Its mascot is the Bruin, and its school colors are purple and gold.

History[edit]

When opened in 1973, adjacent to the namesake reservoir, Lake Braddock drew its students from nearby Robinson Secondary School to the west and West Springfield High School to the south. Lake Braddock was built without walls in most of its educational areas, as it was believed by the administrators of the era that students would learn better in an open environment. When school officials realized a school without walls was distracting to teenage students, temporary walls were installed around many classrooms in the late 1970s and early 1980s. This resulted in significant climate control problems throughout the building, which were largely left unfixed until the school was renovated.[citation needed]

Besides the "open classroom" approach, Lake Braddock when it opened also employed the "Forecast Five" approach, which was a "school within a school" of 150 students assigned to 5 teachers (math, English, science, social studies, special ed), and, for example, on field trips all 150 would go.[2]

Academics and statistics[edit]

Lake Braddock Secondary School is a fully accredited secondary school based on Standardized Testing in Virginia. The average SAT score of a 12th grade test taker in the 2012-2013 school year was 1674.[3]

VDOE accreditation summary[edit]

The following table shows the passing rates of all Lake Braddock students in their respective years and academic subjects, as determined by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE).

Subject Area 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13
English 97 97 97
History 98 95 95
Mathematics 95 94 84
Science 95 96 96

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Demographics[edit]

For the 2012-13 school year, Lake Braddock's student body was 54.04% White, 19.24% Asian, 16.54% Hispanic, 5.93% Black, and 4.25% Other.[5]

Athletics[edit]

Soccer[edit]

In 1987 the Girls' Varsity Soccer team became the first soccer team in Virginia to go undefeated and win the State Title with a 20-0 record. The Girl's Varsity Soccer team is also the only team in Virginia to win two back-to-back AAA state championships in 2006 and 2007. The boy's soccer team has won the state championship several times[specify], including a 5-0 victory over Hylton High in 1988 and another title in 1989.

Football[edit]

The Bruins have a long standing tradition of winning since the 1973. Winning district Championships in 1995, 1996, 2001, 2009, 2010, and 2012. The Team has been to the State championship playoffs as regional champions in 1995, and 2001.

In the 2007 season, the Bruins went on a seven-game winning streak after their first-week loss to Robinson; Their only other loss came to Northern Region runner-up West Springfield. The Bruins went 8-3 in the regular season in 2007 and made the playoffs for the first time since 2000. In 2009 the Bruins were the Patriot District and the Northern Region Champions and went 8-2 in the regular seasons led by Fordham QB and former VA state Player of the Year Michael Nebrich.They made into the playoffs where they managed to beat Fairfax, defeat Robinson, Redeem themselves against Woodson and win a thrilling overtime game against Battlefield.They continue on to the State Championship and were defeated by the Thomas Dale Knights 35-21. In the first round of 2010 Division 6 playoff games, Lake Braddock easily defeated Langley, 34-10. In the second round of the 2010 Division 6 playoff games, after a stunning 17-3 first half deficit, the Bruins overcame arch rival Robinson with a 24-23 victory on their road to another Northern Region Championship Game led by Michael Nebrich. Although, winning against Robinson 24-23, Robinson has been trying to make a huge come back in future games. Lake Braddock advanced into the state semi-final after a 56-18 win over Chantilly High School. In an exciting rematch of the 2009 state semi-final playoff game, the Battlefield Bobcats, who had been defeated 27-24 in overtime by the Bruins the previous year, hung on to win a close 35-27 victory and advanced to win the state title. Lake Braddock did go on to have a 7 wins and 4 losses Fall 2011 season.

Baseball[edit]

The Lake Braddock baseball program has won district and regional championships. With a win in the 2008 regionals, they earned titles in two of the last three regional championships. In 2012, the Lake Braddock varsity baseball team won both the Patriot District title and the Virginia State Championship. The first state championship in school history.

Tennis[edit]

The Lake Braddock Tennis Teams have achieved success in recent years as regional powerhouse Robinson Secondary School moved into the Concorde District. The Boys Team has won three of four district championships since the redistricting[specify]. The team has lost only two district matches in that time frame. The team has also won over 65 district matches in a row, over a four-year period. This is the longest streak in the school's history.

Cross Country[edit]

The Lake Braddock Cross-Country team has astounded many in their past seasons with 9 girls state championships and 1 boys state championship. Both the boys and the girls team won the state title in 1987. The girls team just recently won the state title in 2009 and the boys team received 4th place in the state. In 2010, the boys team took back to back patriot district championships and the girls took the northern region championship. Most recently, both teams competed in the 2012 Virginia State championships, with the girls team winning by 82 points, and the boys team placing fourth.

Lake Braddock Theatre[edit]

The Lake Braddock Theatre program is currently in its 34th season, having been under the direction of R.L. Mirabal for most of that time. It has participated in the Cappie program since its inception in 1999, garnering 49 nominations and 13 awards. The theatre is represented in the International Thespian Society by troupe #4807, and contributes to the ITS festival in Lincoln, Nebraska every summer. LBT competes annually at the Virginia Theatre Association Conference.

Awards[edit]

LBT has won the Virginia High School League Patriot District One-Act Play Championship five times (1996, 2000, 2005, 2011, 2012). The most recent Patriot District title was garnered by award-winning star actors Emily Murphy, Sara Silversmith, Sarah Fick, and Zach Newby. LBT also received a Cappie Award for Best Play[6] in 2000 for Dracula. The theater was invited to perform at the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 2003.[7] Individual students have also received awards for their performances throughout the years.

Musical accomplishments[edit]

The Lake Braddock Music program has had several[specify] students who have gone to conservatories and major schools of music, including four students currently attending Juilliard School.[8]

Bands[edit]

The Lake Braddock band program consists of four concert ensembles at the high-school level: Symphonic Band, Concert One, Concert Two, and a specialty Jazz band. The high school band program is conducted by Michael Luley and Patrick Smith. Roy Holder announced his retirement at the end of the 2010-2011 school year, after 30 consecutive years as honor band; every year since the award was created. The Symphonic Band has been awarded 32 consecutive superior ratings at the Virginia Band & Orchestra Association (VBODA) Festival since 1981, when the ratings system was first installed. The Lake Braddock Middle School bands consist of 4 concert ensembles; Wind Ensemble,Select Band, Cadet Band, and Bruin Band. These middle school bands are conducted by Louis Bean, Michael Luley, and Patrick Smith.


Marching Band[edit]

The Lake Braddock Marching Band is a subset of Lake Braddock Bands and is combined with the Color Guard, conducted by Michael Luley and assistant Patrick Smith. The band has played the half-time show at Bruin football games for over 16 years. The Marching Band consistently wins awards at competitions every fall and has received a rating of Superior 33 times at the VBODA Marching Festival.

Color Guard[edit]

The Color Guard generally has about 20 members. Besides performing with the marching band in the fall, the guard performs an indoor performance in the spring, calling it "Spring Guard". In recent years, the Color Guard has been a main benefactor in the school's participation in the National Color Guard Invitational which takes place in Atlanta, GA. In the spring of 2013, the team scored 87 points and placed 19th out of 167 other competing teams.[9]

Orchestras[edit]

Photo of Symphony Orchestra performing at District IX Festival, on March 18, 2006 at Centreville High School.

Six ensembles comprise the Lake Braddock Orchestra program. The middle school groups are Concert Orchestra, String Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, and the high school groups are Concert Orchestra, String Ensemble, and Symphony Orchestra. The current head instructor is Beth Reed. The former head instructor of 13 years, until 2010, was Stephanie Holmes.

Chorus[edit]

Picture of combined choral groups, with the Lake Braddock Symphony Orchestra, during the Requiem concert on November 15, 2005 at Immanuel Bible Church

The Lake Braddock Chorus consists of 5 different choirs. The five choirs are divided by skill level, as well as by the requirement of audition. The Men's Choir, Women's Vocal Ensemble and the female Freshmen in Bel Canto make up the non-auditioned choirs, and Select Women and Lake Braddock Singers make up the auditioned choirs.

The Lake Braddock Singers (formally known as Symphonic Chorale) is composed of seven Sopranos, eight Altos, four Tenors, five Baritones and four Basses. Each of the female sections is divided into two subsections of three to four singers, and the male sections divide regularly to subsections between two and four people. The choir sings primarily a cappella music with exception to the major works concert. The group is encouraged, by the director, to be leaders within the full choir and help the non-auditioned choirs with their music.

Select Women is a traditional women's choir of approximately 35 10th-12th graders; this number varies from year to year. It is one of the two auditioned choirs at Lake Braddock. Select Women sings in four parts regularly being Soprano 1, Soprano 2, Alto 1, and Alto 2. Members of this group are expected to be leaders in the Choral program. Select is also expected to help the non-auditioned choirs with their music when performing together during the major works concert.

An A cappella group formed in 2008 inspired by the pop a cappella groups of major colleges, including JMU Madison Project and Blues Tones Organizations that perform yearly for the Choir program at Lake Braddock. The group was founded by students and is managed by students as well.

The choirs have won many awards, including in 2006, winning almost every category they entered in Nashville.[citation needed] In 2007, the choir performed in New York City near the site of the former World Trade Center buildings. The choirs also have turned out several highly successful singers, including a quarterfinalist for American Idol, and a several performers in musical theater.

Lake Braddock Secondary School‘s Musical Theatre is a very well known musical theatre in Fairfax County. Every year the Lake Braddock Chorus and the Lake Braddock Theatre programs come together and produce a musical. The musical theatre has been around since 1975 and has produced shows such as Into the Woods, Guys and Dolls, Oklahoma!, Hello Dolly, The Wizard of Oz, High School Musical, The Sound of Music, Annie, and most recently a top notch performance of Les Misérables. Auditions are usually held in the fall and rehearsals begin shortly after the end of auditions. Rehearsals then last until the spring when the Show airs to the public. Anyone can audition for a musical at Lake Braddock and you do not have to be enrolled in the chorus or theatre classes in order to audition, although it certainly helps because of the practice you receive in those classes that will help you audition better for the musical.

The director of the High School Chorus Program, Megan Cartwright is in charge of producing the musicals. Megan Cartwright has been the director of the High School Chorus Program for over 6 years.[when?] She works with the director of the middle school Chorus Program, Mrs. McCarthy. Mr. Mirabal, the head of the Lake Braddock Theatre Program, is also involved in these performances. The Theatre program is responsible for things in the show including the lighting, sound, set/set changes, etc. Musicals at Lake Braddock Secondary School usually have 4 showings over the course of 2 weeks.

Lake Braddock clubs[edit]

Lake Braddock is home to over seventy clubs. The DECA Club has sent students to national level competitions.[10] In September 2006, Lake Braddock started a boys volleyball team.[11] The Lake Braddock Speech Team was reorganized in 2006 and began to compete in the VHSL. The Lake Braddock Key Club is one of the school's biggest and most prosperous clubs; having over 400 members, they raised $5,300 for UNICEF in October 2012. The Lake Braddock Model United Nations Club is an active participant in local and national conferences. The school also has one of the few active high school chapters of Students for a Democratic Society. The school's It's Academic team has been featured on WRC-TV multiple times. Lake Braddock provides Crew (Rowing) as a club sport. Lake Braddock Crew has medaled in many regattas, including state competitions. Lake Braddock also features an Army JROTC program started in 2010 which currently has over 150 cadets[12]

Crew[edit]

The Lake Braddock Crew team was formed in 2000. The position of head coach is currently held by Tracy Shakespeare. The team of more than one hundred students practices at Bull Run Marina. Their men's quad won the VASRA State Championships in 2011, and moved on to the SRAA Scholastic Nationals and the US Rowing Youth Nationals. Lake Braddock novice men and women's junior eight placed 1st at the 2012 VASRA State Championship. The women's junior eight moved on to the SRAA Scholastic Nationals where they placed 6th. The novice four also won silver in the state championship. The women's lightweight eight and freshman eight both came in third place at the 2011 VASRA State Championships, and both moved on to the SRAA Scholastic Nationals.[citation needed]

Lake Braddock Student Media[edit]

The Bear Facts[edit]

The Bear Facts is Lake Braddock's student periodical news publication with a circulation of about 3000 students and community members. The Bear Facts is student run and student produced under the guidance of current faculty adviser Kathryn Helmke. Content decisions are governed by staff writers, editors, and any other student involved. Printed as a newspaper since its founding in 1973, it changed to a black and white/color news magazine format in 2013. The Bear Facts is a member of the Virginia High School League in which it is consistently recognized for its journalistic quality.[citation needed] The Bear Facts is also a member of the National Scholastic Press Association and the Colombia Scholastic Press Association.[citation needed]

Controversy[edit]

In 2007, the Bear Facts had an advisory change over issues published in March 2007. Controversy arose articled published on, "homosexuality, trans sexuality and review of a documentary about bestiality, [as well as ] its March 30 issue that carried a story on Post Secret, a Web site that posts anonymous contributors’ secrets displayed on homemade postcards.[13] The school released in a statement that the dismissal was for “basic journalism” errors". The Bear Facts has not had an incident since.

The Morning Bru[edit]

The Morning Bru is Lake Braddock's morning announcement show produced by the school's broadcast journalism class. They have recently expanded to extended coverage of the school and the Lake Braddock Community.

Lake Braddock Debate/Speech[edit]

Home to the 2012 NCFL Lincoln-Douglas Debate champion, Lake Braddock's Debate and Speech team is one of the most storied teams in the school. The team's roots were formed in policy debate, and Lake Braddock is one of only four teams in the nation to achieve back-to-back championships at the University of Kentucky's Tournament of Champions Tournament in Policy Debate in 1984 and 1985. The team has placed numerous students at various national tournaments throughout its existence. In recent years, the team has won the overall VHSL AAA State Debate Title in 2011 and 2012, winning individual championships in Lincoln-Douglas Debate in 2011 and 2012, and Student Congress in 2012. Additionally, the Speech team placed 5th at the 2012 VHSL AAA State Championships, winning 2nd place finishes in both Impromptu and Extemporaneous speaking. In addition to the NCFL national championship, the team also had a member reach the Semi-Finals of the Extemporaneous Speaking Tournament of Champions at Northwestern University, the octafinal round of Domestic Extemp at NFL Nationals, and the Semi-Finals of Student Congress at NCFL, all during the 2011-2012 school year. The Speech Team continued its success in 2013, with one extemper placing 5th in Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking at the NFL National Tournament, and two extempers advancing to the octa-final round of the NCFL National Tournament. The team as a whole did well also, winning 2nd place in the WACFL Speech Sweepstakes standings, and winning the VHSL AAA State Championship in Extemporaneous Speaking, while having two other students finishing 3rd in Extemporaneous Speaking and 3rd in Impromptu Speaking, placing the team 5th again in the State Sweepstakes competition. During the 2013 Seasons, Braddock Extempers were in the finals of The Heart of Texas Invitational, Villiger Invitational, GMU Invitational, Emory University's Barkley Forum Invitational, and the Extemporaneous Tournament of Champions. Braddock extempers were also in the Octafinal Round of the Harvard University Speech Tournament, and one extemper was the 6th place finisher at the Montgomery Bell Academy Extemp Round Robin Tournament. The team actively competes in the Washington-Arlington Catholic Forensics League (NCFL),the Virginia High School League, the Virginia district of the National Forensic League, and at invitational tournaments throughout the nation.

The team offers competition in Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Policy Debate, Public Forum Debate, Congressional Debate, and all standard Individual Events.The team is open to any student at Lake Braddock Secondary School who is in good academic standing. Team practices begin in the late summer, with competitions being held through mid-June.

Incidents[edit]

On February 19, 1975, a bomber exploded a tear gas canister in a stairwell, sending 65 students to the school clinic and one student to the hospital for eye irritation.[14]

On May 28, 1979, an electrical panel fire forced the school to be closed for several days.[15]

On November 11, 1982, a dropout looking for his girlfriend held up to ten employees hostage with a rifle for 21 hours.[16]

In 1990, a man set fire to Lake Braddock Secondary School as well as two other schools. Total damage amongst all the schools was $200,000.[17]

In April and May 1994, there were two incidents of 13-year-olds bringing guns to school.[18][19]

On September 23, 1994, two teenagers were shot by a gang member after a Lake Braddock football game.[20]

Renovations[edit]

A picture of Lake Braddock, during the height of renovation (April 2006).

The school finished a three-year renovation in the summer of 2007, beginning right after school ended in June 2004. The renovations cost taxpayers around $72 million - a record for Fairfax County Public Schools.[21] Fifty-two classroom trailers were installed on campus to accommodate the construction. Other than expanding the school and refurbishing the building, two main goals of the project were an overhaul of the ventilation system and enclose classrooms with permanent walls. Lake Braddock's renovation is now seen as a model[citation needed] for other renovation projects in Fairfax County, such as the renovation of nearby W.T. Woodson High School.

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Yousef Abu-Taleb (class of 1998), actor
  • Retesh Bhalla (class of 2000), Professional Wrestler "Sonjay Dutt".
  • Adam Butler, Former MLB player (Atlanta Braves)
  • Julia Campbell (class of 1979), actress. Has appeared on television shows such as "Friends" and "Seinfeld" as well as many others.
  • Hubert Davis (class of 1988), played 12 seasons in the NBA, now an assistant coach for The UNC Men's basketball team, his college alma mater. Recently spent the past seven years as an ESPN college basketball studio analyst. The annual Hubert Davis Tournament of Champions basketball tournament is named in his honor.
  • Chad Sisson (class of 1997), "Chad Dukes" co-host of "The Lavar Arrington Show" on WJFK 106.7FM in Washington, D.C.
  • Tiffany Dupont (class of 1999), actress. Former Miss University of Georgia. Principal cast member for "The Bedford Diaries" on The CW. Has also appeared in "Grounded For Life", "Yes, Dear", "Joan of Arcadia", and "Greek".
  • Matthew Continetti (class of 1999), Author/Journalist. Associate editor at The Weekly Standard magazine; his book, The K-Street Gang, was published in April 2006. Also a frequent contributor on the MSNBC television show Hardball with Chris Matthews.
  • Greg Eklund (class of 1988), drummer. Member of the alternative rock band Everclear 1994-2003.
  • Allen Johnson (class of 1989), track and field star and Olympic gold medalist for whom the school's track and annual outdoor track and field invitational is named
  • Ed Moses (class of 1998), swimmer and Olympic gold medalist
  • Bruce Nozick (class of 1978), actor, Has appeared in television and movies such as "Along Came Polly", "24", "Entourage" and as Whit Tillerman in the Showtime series "Weeds".
  • Chris 'Catfish' Segal, class of 2001, Major League Baseball umpire.
  • Mia Hamm (class of 1989), professional women's soccer player and Olympic gold medalist
  • Michael Patrick, Attorney/Author, appeared on CNBC's American Greed and quoted legal analyst
  • Susan Williams (class of 1987), Olympic bronze medalist in the triathlon 2004
  • Justin Spring (class of 2002), gymnast. Member of United States 2008 Olympic Gymnastics Team.
  • Ann Marie Calhoun (class of 1997), violinist

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Public High Schools Ranked by Enrollment". Retrieved 14 September 2012. 
  2. ^ Mary Lipsey (31 May 2005). "Oral History: Tom Giska". A Look Back at Braddock District. Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University. Retrieved 13 September 2012. 
  3. ^ FCPS - School Profiles - Lake Braddock SS - High - Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)
  4. ^ FCPS - School Profiles - Lake Braddock SS - High - VDOE Accreditation Summary
  5. ^ FCPS - School Profiles - Lake Braddock SS - High - Demographics
  6. ^ Lake Braddock to Present 'The Tempest'
  7. ^ Lake Braddock Brings American Spirit to Stage
  8. ^ Lake Braddock's Orchestrating Talent
  9. ^ http://www.sapaonline.net/scores.php?search_string=&sorted_table_column=eventcode&asc_desc=asc&Record_Start_ID=119&eventcode=119.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. ^ Lake Braddock News Page
  11. ^ Record for Boys Volleyball Team, Fall 2007
  12. ^ FCPS - School Profiles - Lake Braddock SS
  13. ^ Wang, Judy. "Virginia high school to revise policy after controversial articles published". Retrieved 19 December 2013. 
  14. ^ Douglas C. Lyons (1975-02-20). "Va. School Cleared by Tear Gas". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2012-09-12. 
  15. ^ "Electrical-Panel Fire Forces Lake Braddock School Closing". The Washington Post. 1970-05-29. Retrieved 2012-09-12. 
  16. ^ "21-hour hostage crisis ends with dropout's surrender". The Telegraph. 1982-11-11. Retrieved 2012-09-13. 
  17. ^ "Va. Man Charged in Fires". The Washington Post. 1990-06-01. Retrieved 2012-09-13. 
  18. ^ "Girl, 13, Charged After Taking Gun to School". The Washington Post. 1994-04-09. Retrieved 2012-09-13. 
  19. ^ "Fairfax Student Caught With BB Gun". The Washington Post. 1994-05-27. Retrieved 2012-09-13. 
  20. ^ "2 Fairfax Teens Shot Watching Fight At Playground". The Washington Post. 1994-09-25. Retrieved 2012-09-13. 
  21. ^ Burke Connection Renovation Article

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