Landstown High School
|Landstown High School|
|2001 Concert Drive
Virginia Beach, Virginia, 23456
|School type||Public, high school|
|School district||Virginia Beach City Public Schools|
|Superintendent||Dr. Sheila S. Magula (Interim)|
|Principal||Dr. Brian K. Matney|
|Color(s)||Black, Royal Blue, Silver, and White|
|Athletics conference||Virginia High School League
|Rival||Salem Sundevils, Green Run Stallions|
|Feeder schools||Corporate Landing Middle School, Landstown Middle School|
The school features a Technology Academy, one of several magnet programs in Virginia Beach. Students throughout the city interested in a technology education can apply to learn from three different strands: pre-engineering technology, information technology, and entrepreneurship technology. Entry to the Academy requires recommendations, above average grades, and an electronic portfolio which demonstrates aptitude. It was founded as a general high school and technology magnet school in 2001 and additionally designated a Governor's STEM Academy during the 2012-2013 school year.
Dr. Brian Matney - Principal
Mrs. Natasha Christian - Assistant Principal
Mr. D. Brad Barbour - Assistant Principal
Mrs. Jennifer Knight - Assistant Principal
Mr. Jacob Miller - Assistant Principal
Mrs. Lisette Diehl - Governor's Stem & Technology Academy Coordinator
Ms. Darcy Parker - Administrative Assistant
Mr. Dave Siock - Student Activities Coordinator
Mrs. Sandra Copeland - Guidance Director
Mrs. Kara Gaunce - School Improvement Specialist
Athletics: Baseball, Basketball (boys and girls), Cheerleading, Cross Country (boys and girls), Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Indoor Track (boys and girls), Outdoor Track (boys and girls), Soccer (boys and girls), Softball, Swimming (boys and girls), Tennis (boys and girls), Volleyball (boys and girls), wrestling.
Clubs and organizations include Anime, Asian Pacific Islander Culture Society (APICS), Interact Club, Astronomy, Band, African American Culture Society, Chess, Dance, DDR, Debate, DECA, Drama, Eagle TV, Earth Savers, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), Future Educators Association (FEA), FCCLA, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Fencing, Forensics, French, Freshman Class, German, Gifted, Gospel Choir, Highlighter's, Japanese Culture, Junior Class, Kaleidoscope, Key, Literary Magazine, Madrigals, National Honor Society, The Movement (With Love Written On Her Arms), Navy Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps, Newspaper, One Act Play, Orchestra, TSA Digital Media Club, TSA Robotics Team, Student Cooperative Association (SCA), Scholastic Bowl, Senior Class, Sophomore Class, Spanish, Step Team, Technology Student Association, Video Game, and Yearbook.
Landstown is also home to the award winning "Eagle Elite" Madrigal (Chamber) Choir. Under the direction of Dr. Martha Springstead, the choral department has performed in NYC (2005) with the Heritage Festivals of Gold at Riverside Church, and are members of the Disney Honors, Class of 2006 and Class of 2011, held at Disney World.
Landstown Step Team (Dynasty Steppers) won the annual step competition year 2007-2008 titled "Best of the Best" Championship under Coach Becky. They took home a 4ft 11in trophy and $1000 check.
Landstown was home to the city's only FIRST robotics team, team #769 (2002–2007). Landstown is among the top 6% of American high schools throughout the United States.
Landstown's football team went to three state championship games in a row from 2003-2005 under Coach Chris Beatty, who led the team to a 40-2 record during that three year span. They won the state championship in 2004 but lost it in 2003 and 2005. The star players during this time were Percy Harvin, Deveon Simmons, and Damon McDaniel. In early 2006, Coach Beatty left Landstown to become the offensive coordinator at Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia followed by a stint at Northern Illinois University. As of March 2009, he is an assistant football coach at West Virginia University.
- 2005 State championship winner, Boys outdoor track team
- 2006 Regional championship winner, Boys soccer team.
- 2006 State championship winner, Girls track team.
- 2008 Nike Indoor Nationals National title in the 4x200 meter relay, Girls indoor track team, running a US #1 time of 1:40:08. All-American honors awarded to relay members Kelnesha Hinnant, Olivia Hutchins, Cierra McGee and Marlena Wesh. Wesh also won the 200 meter dash National title with a time of 24.46. Wesh competed in the 2012 Summer Olympics for Haiti.
- 2008 annual Penn Relays Carnival, Girls outdoor track, placing 4th in the 4x100 meter relay, with a time of 46.07, the fastest American time. Relay team members Olivia Hutchins, Leah Brown, Cierra McGee, and Marlena Wesh were awarded gold watches and advanced to the Championship of America.
- 2008 state championship winner, Girls indoor track team. They were the first team in the history of Virginia track and field to win all three relay titles: the 4x800 meter relay, the 4x100 meter relay, & the 4x400 meter relay. They also tied the record for the most points ever scored at the VHSL AAA state track and field meet with a score of 94 points. Eagles members were awarded All-State honors.
- Javonte Culbreath is awarded Beach District Honorable Mention for the 2011-2012 varsity basketball season
On April 7, 2009, the 17-year old senior Philip Bay was arrested and charged with 10 counts of manufacturing and possessing an explosive device, as well as one count of manufacturing such a device for terrorism. The student had made a hit list of several students and was planning to blow up the school on the 10th anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre, April 20, 2009. Twenty-eight explosive devices were found in his home. Two other students were subsequently arrested, one of whom had tipped off the police, which enabled the search warrant for the student's home to be obtained. The tipster said the 17-year old student had a fascination with the Columbine massacre. On April 20, the majority of students stayed home and the school was protected by extra police and a SWAT team. No incidents occurred. Many parents and students were scared and remember this as one of the most horrifying days. The school eventually got the nickname "The Bomb School." Bay was tried as an adult. His trial was on Monday, November 15, 2010 and he was found guilty on all 18 charges. In February 2012 Bay was sentenced to 68 years in prison but the judge suspended all but 12 years.
- Percy Harvin (2006) - Offensive player for the National Football League
- Marlena Wesh (2009) - Sprinter for Haiti in the 2012 Summer Olympics
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- Landstown HS official site
- School Report Card
- Virginia Beach City Public Schools
- Virginia Beach school mascots and colors
- Landstown Football @ VHSL-Reference