Landstown High School

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Landstown High School
Landstown High School (crest).jpg
2001 Concert Drive
Virginia Beach, Virginia, 23456
United States
School type Public, high school
Founded 2001
School district Virginia Beach City Public Schools
Superintendent Dr. Aaron C. Spence
Principal Dr. Brian K. Matney
Staff 165
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 2,093 (2013-14)
Language English
Color(s)                     Black, Royal Blue, Silver, and White
Athletics conference Virginia High School League
Beach District
Eastern Region
Mascot Eagles
Rival Salem High School, Green Run High School
Feeder schools Corporate Landing Middle School, Landstown Middle School

Landstown High School Governor's STEM and Technology Academy is a public secondary school located in Virginia Beach, Virginia which first opened in 2001.[1]

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.[2]

School Administration[edit]

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

Student Activities[edit]

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, FIRST FTC Robotics, FIRST FRC Robotics, TSA VEX Robotics Team, SRC 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.[3]

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.

Academic Honors[edit]

Landstown is home to the city's only FIRST robotics teams. FTC Team #5527 and #5607 were formed in 2011. FRC Team #4969 was formed in 2013. FRC Team #4969 won the "Rookie All Star" award at the 2014 FRC Virginia Regional and qualified for the 2014 FIRST FRC World Championships in St. Louis, Missouri.

Landstown is among the top 6% of American high schools throughout the United States.

Athletic Honors[edit]

Main entrance to Landstown High School

Landstown's football team went to three consecutive state championship games between 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, Lamar Brown and Damon McDaniel.[4][5] 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.[6]

Harvin set five state track records while he was at Landstown High, winning five gold medals at the state finals in 2005: long jump, triple jump, 100 meters, 200 meters and 400-meter relay.[7]

  • 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.[8] Wesh also won the 200 meter dash National title with a time of 24.46. Wesh competed in the 2012 Summer Olympics for Haiti.[9]
  • 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,[10] Leah Brown, Cierra McGee, and Marlena Wesh were awarded gold watches and advanced to the Championship of America.[8][11]
  • 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.[12]
  • Javonte Culbreath is awarded Beach District Honorable Mention for the 2011-2012 varsity basketball season

Notable Alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Landstown High School". AE Systems. Ambassor Enterprises, Inc. Retrieved 2006-06-12. 
  2. ^ "Landstown High School Governor's STEM and Technology Academy". Landstown High School. Retrieved May 12, 2013. 
  3. ^ Rowe, Jane Bloodworth (2006-03-16). "It's their honor to be able to go to Disney World". The Virginian Pilot. 
  4. ^ Dillon, Liam (December 11, 2005). "Oakton's Sweet Taste of Success". The Washington Post ( Retrieved 2009-12-14. 
  5. ^ Frankenberry, Jami (2005-12-20). "Landstown stars commit to University of Florida". Virginian-Pilot (The Washington Post). Retrieved 2009-12-14. 
  6. ^ Tucker, Kyle (2008-06-29). "The beat goes on for former Landstown coach Beatty". The Virginian Pilot. PilotOnline. Retrieved 2009-03-30. 
  7. ^ Squires, David. "With top track stars out, medals are up for grabs". Retrieved 12 June 2006. 
  8. ^ a b Rubama, Larry (2008-04-24). "Penn Relays: Landstown girls make Championship of America in two races". The Virginian-Pilot. Retrieved 2009-12-15. 
  9. ^ Rubama, Larry (May 21, 2012). "Ex-Landstown sprinter Wesh going to Olympics". The Virginian-Pilot. Retrieved July 25, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Olivia Hutchins". East Carolina University. Retrieved 2009-12-15. 
  11. ^ VHSL Group AAA State Indoor T&F Championships
  12. ^ Miles, Brandon (2008-03-01). "Landstown girls & Western Branch boys are the champions". Retrieved 2009-12-15. 

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Coordinates: 36°46′46.4″N 76°6′3.2″W / 36.779556°N 76.100889°W / 36.779556; -76.100889