Langley High School (Fairfax County, Virginia)
|Langley High School|
|Affiliation||Fairfax County Public Schools|
|Principal||Matthew Ragone Sr.|
|Location||6520 Georgetown Pike,
McLean, Virginia, USA
|Colors||Green & Gold|
|Mascot||Otto the Saxon|
|Rival||McLean High School|
|Newspaper||The Saxon Scope|
|Feeder schools||Cooper Middle School
Longfellow Middle School
Kilmer Middle School
|Athletic conferences||Liberty District
|SAT Average||1819 (2011)|
Langley Saxons logo
Langley High School is a high school within the Fairfax County Public Schools system in northern Virginia. It is located in McLean, an unincorporated, census-designated place in northern Fairfax County. The campus is less than a mile west of the headquarters of the Central Intelligence Agency.
- 1 History
- 2 Demographics
- 3 Academics
- 4 Extracurricular Activities
- 5 Athletics
- 6 Notable alumni
- 7 References
Langley High School was established in 1965. The name "Langley" came from Thomas Lee in honor of Langley Manor, which was part of the home estate in Shropshire, England. Langley means "long open meadow". Thomas Lee was one of the first to envision the Thirteen Colonies as a separate nation whose capital should be on the Potomac between Great Falls and Little Falls. Keeping these things in mind (including the Anglo Saxon background) the school steering committee chose the nickname "Saxons" and the schools colors of forest green and old gold with white as a trim color in keeping with the traditional theme.
In the 2011-12 school year, Langley High School's student body was 71.15% White, 19.20% Asian, 4.60% Hispanic, 1.70% Black and 3.35% Other.
Langley’s boundaries extend west of State Route 123 (Dolley Madison Boulevard) and north of both State Route 7 (Leesburg Pike) and State Route 267 (Dulles Toll Road) from McLean to Great Falls, ending at the Loudoun County line. Small parts of Vienna, Reston and Herndon along the south side of Route 7 are also within the school’s attendance area.
Until 1994, areas west of Springvale Road in Great Falls were within the Herndon High School boundaries. After leaving Forestville Elementary School, students attended Herndon Middle and Herndon High School. When Aldrin Elementary School was preparing to open, Langley High School was then underenrolled, and some residents from the Forestville attendance area requested reassignment of their neighborhoods from the Herndon High to Langley High School pyramid. As a result, school officials shifted Langley’s boundary line west from Springvale Road to the Loudoun County border.
During the Fairfax County School Board elections in 2011, then School Board Chairman Janie Strauss took credit for having "prevented changes to the Langley High School boundaries" for 18 years and for having "fought off" attempts to redistrict "current neighborhoods out of Langley".
The LHS academic program follows standard Virginia guidelines, requiring 24 credits for graduation. Additionally provided at Langley is the Advanced Placement (AP) program. Langley offers one of the most comprehensive AP programs available, featuring more than 20 AP level classes in every discipline. Significant courses include the school's Multivariable Calculus and Linear Algebra classes, as well as the only Russian courses offered in a Fairfax County Public High School outside of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. Langley also used to contain a unique, for the high school level, humanities department. Students would enroll in paired English and History classes where the curriculum paralleled one another. The humanities department was split for the 2012-2013 school year in favor of optional tied classes.
Model United Nations
Langley High School's Model United Nations (MUN) program is the most successful club of its kind in the history of Virginia, as the team was nationally ranked as a Top-15 high school MUN team by the Model UN consulting organization Best Delegate in the school year 2012-2013. The Model UN team is the largest completely student-run organization at Langley High School, with membership numbering over 120 students. Since 2011, Langley High School has won Large Delegation awards at numerous conferences, including WMHSMUN(William & Mary), VAMUN (UVA), ILMUNC (UPENN), DUMUNC (Duke), TECHMUN(TJHSST), CHMUN(Chantilly), PWMUN(C.D. Hylton) and OPMUN(Osbourn Park). Club membership is open to LHS students of all ages, who annually elect the club's five officers. In 2014, the club will host its own inaugural high school Model UN conference, the Virginia Invitational Model United Nations Conference I (VIMUNC). For the 2013-2014 school year, Langley MUN is led by Secretary General Jiho Kim, Under-Secretary General Natalie Fahlberg, Finance Director Grace Sununu, Communications Director Cameron Davis, and Counselor Hoonie Kim.  
South Asian Student Association
Langley High School's South Asian Student Association (SASA) is one of the most active cultural clubs of it's kind in Northern Virginia. With a group membership of almost 100, (as of December 22nd, 2013)  SASA strives to to promote awareness of the South Asian culture to all students and faculty of Langley and its community to promote identity and unity among the South Asian students. The club annually hosts Langley's renown, "International Night" providing students with the opportunity to experience various cultures from all around the world without traveling oversees to do so. Performances vary from ethnic instrumental solos, Salsa, Bollywood Dances, Egyptian belly dancing, Chinese festive ribbon performances, skits by Langley's ESOL, Poi, singing, a cultural fashion show and much more showcasing a wide diversity of art, music and culture.  In 2014, Langley SASA will also host its own District-Wide "Bollywood Bash" integrating other South Asian clubs across county's in Northern Virginia hoping to kindle a boom of cultural awareness and respect, empowering the hidden minorities, giving them an identity. SASA, as one of the most active clubs at Langley, holds monthly club events ranging from Bollywood Movies, Charities, Dinners, Dances, and others.
As of School Year 2013 - 2014, Langley SASA is led by:
- President - Sid Chawla
- Vice President - Shivali Marwaha
- Finance Manager - Riya Nag
- Secretary - Sakina Nanji
- Underclassmen Representatives - Vik Chawla and Surina Chauhan
- Bhangra Coordinator - Prerna Das
- Web-Design Master - Ezzy Sriram
Langley has over 50 clubs of varying interests, including Model United Nations, South Asian Student Association (SASA), Debate and Forensics, Key Club, UNICEF Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, It's Academic Team, Economics Club, and several sports and cultural appreciation clubs, including one for the performing art poi.
Langley's music department consists of award-winning Band, Choral, and Orchestra programs. In addition to concerts, festivals, and competitions, the department performs in an annual in-school winter assembly for students and faculty.
The Band program, under the direction of Mr. Doug Martin, consists of three bands: Percussion Ensemble, Symphony, and Wind Symphony. Langley also has an active Marching Band that performs at home football games.
The Choral program, under the direction of Dr. Mac Lambert, consists of five choirs: Treble, Women's Select, Concert, Chamber, and Madrigals. Langley Choirs have recently competed in competitions internationally, in Prague, Vienna, and Salzburg, and domestically, in Orlando and San Diego. Dr. Lambert is the recipient of Langley's 2011 Teacher of the Year award.
The orchestra program, under the direction of Dr. Scott McCormick, consists of five orchestras: Freshman, Symphonic I, Symphonic II, Philharmonic, and Chamber. Langley Orchestras have recently compete in Rome, Italy.
Langley's theatre department is chaired by Theatre Arts instructor, Valerie Karasek. Currently, the department produces a musical and one or more plays every year. The 2011-2012 season included productions of Grease and the Cappie-nominated production,The Crucible. The 2012-2013 season included productions of Romeo and Juliet and The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby. The 2013-2014 season includes productions of Little Women: The Musical, Fearful Symmetry, and The Children's Hour.
For the first time in Saxon Stage history, Langley High School became the VHSL Liberty Conference 6A one-act competition champions in January of 2014 when they won first place with their production of 'Fearful Symmetry.
Langley High School participates in the Cappies Critics and Awards Program for High School Theater. Its 2009 production of Time's Square 2090, an original musical written by Wesley Brandt, who graduated from Langley in 2010, won four Cappie awards, Creativity, Best Ensemble in a Musical, Best Male Dancer, and Best Musical. Langley's critic team received nominations in 2002, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013, winning the 2002 award for Best Critic team. Most recently, Langley won the Cappie award for 2011 Rising Critic (Jamie Joeyen-Waldorf, 2012 award for Featured Actress (Kaity Hinojosa), and 2013 awards for Returning Critic (Jamie Joeyen-Waldorf) and Ensemble in a Play (Crummles Theatre Troupe).
Langley High School actively participates in Science Fair events. Each year, first and second place winners from the school-hosted science fair are selected to attend the Fairfax County Science and Engineering Fair. The Fairfax County Science and Engineering Fair is an Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) affiliated fair, sending around 10 projects each year to the international fair.  Notable winners from the past have included:
- (2009) Jun Sup Lee - 4th Place Grand Prize in Mathematics at the competition in Reno, NV. 
- (2010) Jong Hyuck Won - Grand Prize Winner and Best of Category in Medicine and Health Sciences at the competition in San Jose, CA. 
- (2011) Kelly Martins - 3rd Place Grand Prize in Environmental Management at the competition in Los Angeles, CA. 
- (2012) Jason Cui - 4th Place Grand Prize in Medicine and Health Sciences at the competition in Pittsburgh, PA. 
Langley's fashion department sponsors an annual fashion show that is held in Langley's auditorium. Student directors who are also Fashion Marketing students spend months planning the event, soliciting student models, creating publicity, and choreographing dances to go with each fashion scene. The event attracts sold-out crowds every year. Past show themes have included Walk Into The Wild, Once Upon A Runway: A Fashion Fairytale, and Stellar Style.
Langley plays in the AAA Liberty District of the Northern Region. The Langley sports teams are all referred to as the "Saxons" (or "Lady Saxons" for some women-only sports), and their primary rival is McLean High School. The Girl's Swim and Dive Team won districts in 05-06. The football team won the Northern Region and went to the state finals in 1993. The boys' wrestling team won the Liberty District Tournament the last 11 years straight (2001–2011). In addition they were Northern Region champions in 2007. The girls' Volleyball team, for the first time ever, went to the 2007 final round at the state championship tournament but was unable to pull out a victory over the previous year’s state champions, Deep Run High School. In 2009, Langley's AAA boys lacrosse team, coached by Earl Brewer, won the state championship, defeating Chantilly in overtime 4-3. They repeated as AAA State Champions in 2010 with a 12-5 victory over the Loudoun Valley Vikings and again in 2011 with a 17-8 win over the Chantilly Chargers again. The Girls Tennis won Districts in 2010, finished Northern Region runner-up and reached the state semifinals. They avenged themselves by winning the Northern Region title the following year, then going undefeated in 2012 to sweep the District, Regional, and State titles.
Langley High School's mascot is the Saxon, in honor of McLean, Va's predominantly Scottish heritage. Conversely, their rival, McLean High School's mascot is the Highlander. The mascot was given the name "Otto" in 2010, named after Otto the Great (It was affectionately called Otto by the student body at least as early as 1990).
State champions and runner up finishes
Langley has won 31 AAA state championships, which are:
- Girls Volleyball 2013
- Boys Lacrosse 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
- Girls Tennis 1979, 1980, 1986–88, 1991, 1992, 2012
- Boys Tennis 1986-88, 1991, 1992, 1994
- Girls Swim and Dive 1998-2001, 2011
- Boys Golf 1983, 1984, 2001, 2011
- Girls Cross-Country 1983, 1984
- Girls Gymnastics 2004
- Softball 1992
- Boys Cross-Country 1979
Langley has 16 runner up finishes, which are:
- Girls Cross-Country 1982, 1985, 1986, 1991
- Girls Tennis 1994, 2002
- Boys Tennis 1993, 1998, 2012, 2013
- Girls Indoor Track 1984, 1987
- Boys Cross-Country 1966, 1978
- Girls Volleyball 2007
- Boys Soccer 2004
- Girls Gymnastics 2002
- Girls Soccer 2001
- Division 5 Football 1993
- Girls Outdoor Track 1984
- Boys Golf 1982
- Girls Field Hockey 1980
- Boys Swim and Dive 2010
- Wrestling 2007
- Girls Volleyball 1999, 2007, 2013
- Football 1991, 1993
- Boys Lacrosse 2009, 2012
- Boys Golf 1983, 1984, 2000, 2011
- Boys Tennis 2012
- Girls Lacrosse 2010
- Girls Tennis 2002, 2011, 2012
- Men's Wrestling 2000-2012
- Girls Volleyball 1999, 2004, 2007, 2012
- Coed Cheerleading 2007
- Girls Swimming 2006, 2007, 2011
- Girls Tennis 2010-12
- Boys Soccer 2005, 2006, 2011
- Boys Swimming 2003, 2008, 2009
- Boys Basketball 1997, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2008–11
- Boys Golf 1998-02, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010–11
- Boys Lacrosse 1997, 1998, 2003, 2008–12
- Girls Lacrosse 2006, 2007
- Football 1993, 2000, 2004
- Girls Softball 2004, 2006, 2007
- Outdoor Track and Field 2000
- Girls Gymnastics 2007
- Girls Indoor Track and Field 2011
Langley has received two sportsmanship awards, one in AAA girls soccer in 2001 and one in AAA girls volleyball in 2007. In addition, Langley won first place in the Wachovia Cup standings in 1991-1992 for athletics.
United States Congressional Baseball Game
- Stacey Kincaid, First female sheriff in Fairfax County's history. Elected 2012.
- Bruce Allen, 1974 Executive Vice President of Football Operations and General Manager of the Washington Redskins
- Michael Arndt, 1984, Academy Award-winning screenwriter, Little Miss Sunshine
- Neesa Hart, 1985, Award-winning bestselling author, Congressional Medalist, and Children's Theatre producer
- Paula Cale, 1988, actress
- Steve Czaban, 1986, radio personality
- Benjamin Ellis, 2001, notable alumnus
- Lauren Graham, 1984, actress, Gilmore Girls, Because I Said So, Evan Almighty, Bad Santa, Guys and Dolls on Broadway, and most recently the NBC hit show Parenthood.
- Michael J. Hicks, 1980, economist
- Matt Kaufmann, 1970, computer scientist and winner of the 2005 ACM Software System Award
- Erin Keogh, 1987, two-time winner of the Kinney Cross Country Championships
- Richard Leigh, 1970, songwriter.
- Cynthia Leive 1984, editor-in-chief, Glamour magazine
- G. David Low, 1974 astronaut
- Timothy C. May, cypherpunk and former chief scientist at Intel, attended his freshman year.
- Billy Abner Mayaya, activist
- John Molo, 1971, musician, drummer for Bruce Hornsby and the Range, John Fogerty, et al.
- Vijay S. Pande, Stanford professor and director of the Folding@home Project
- Juliet Huddy, 1987, The Morning Show
- John-Paul Lee, 1997, CEO and founder of Tavalon Tea
- Lauren Shehadi, 2001, reporter CBS Sportsline
- Jay Sborz, 2003, pitcher for Detroit Tigers and Atlanta Braves. Non-graduate.
- Jeremy Stoppelman, 1995, founder of Yelp.
- Remy Munasifi, Stand-up comedian and musician
- Rick Wormeli, one of the first Nationally Board Certified teachers in America and the recipient of Disney's American Teacher Awards 1996 Outstanding English Teacher of the Nation
- Nina Stemme, currently considered by most critics to be the world's leading dramatic soprano, attended for a year as exchange student.
- Michael Hart, 1976, Pipe Organ Architect and Builder
- Administration Langley High School Administration
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- Langley HS History
- "FCPS - School Profiles - Langley HS - Demographics". Fairfax County Public Schools. Retrieved March 30, 2013.
- "Langley H.S. 2012-2013 School Boundary". Fairfax County Public Schools. Retrieved March 30, 2013.
- "Last Andrew Chapel Boundary Falls Short". The Connection. February 5, 2003. Retrieved April 22, 2013.
- "Andrew Chapel School Boundary Meetings Begin Oct. 9". The Connection. September 30, 2002. Retrieved April 22, 2013.
- "PRESS RELEASE: Strauss Wins Great Falls Debate | Jane Strauss". Janiestrauss.com. 2011-10-26. Retrieved 2012-11-08.
-  Fairfax County Science and Engineering Fair
-  Intel ISEF 2009 Grand Awards Ceremony.
-  Intel ISEF 2010 Grand Awards Ceremony.
-  Intel ISEF 2011 Grand Awards Ceremony.
-  Intel ISEF 2012 Grand Awards Ceremony.
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