Loudoun Valley High School
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|Loudoun Valley High School|
|340 North Maple Avenue
Purcellville, Virginia 20132
|School type||Public high school|
|School district||Loudoun County Public Schools|
|Superintendent||Dr. Edgar B. Hatrick|
|Color(s)||Green & Gold|
|Feeder schools||Blue Ridge Middle School|
|Rival Schools||Woodgrove High School
Loudoun County High School
Heritage High School
|Athletic Conference||Dulles District
Loudoun Valley High School (more commonly known as Valley) is a public secondary school in Purcellville, Virginia. The school is part of Loudoun County Public Schools and is located at 340 North Maple Avenue in the Town of Purcellville. Prior to the opening of Woodgrove High School in 2010, it was the sole high school for the western half of Loudoun County, which includes Purcellville, Hamilton, Round Hill, Lovettsville, Hillsboro, Philomont and Bluemont.
Loudoun Valley opened in 1963. The current principal is Ms. Susan Ross. Throughout its history, Valley has remained a predominantly rural high school, maintained a small enrollment of roughly 800 students each year, and did not experience much of the sprawl that eastern Loudoun County experienced in the 1980s and 1990s. Until the 1999-2000 school year, Valley was the smallest high school in Loudoun County.
Recently, due to immigration, Valley has begun to experience a high rate of growth similar to eastern Loudoun schools like Park View and Broad Run have. In 2002, Harmony Intermediate School opened as a school for 8th and 9th graders (now for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders), making Valley a 10th-12th grade school ( now 9th through 12th). By the 2005-2006 school year, Valley had become the largest Loudoun County high school with 1,955 students. Valley had extreme overcrowding until a new western Loudoun County high school, Woodgrove High School, opened in September 2010.
Accreditation and test scores
Loudoun Valley High School is a fully accredited high school based on the Standards of Learning tests in Virginia.
The average SAT score in 2006 for Valley was a 1,608 (535 in Math; 544 in Critical Reading; 529 in Writing). Valley's SAT scores are the highest of all the Loudoun County high schools.
|School Year||Mathematics||Critical Reading||Writing||Total|
|2005–2006||535||544||529||1,608 (1,079 M & CR)|
|2006–2007||546||553||538||1,637 (1,099 M & CR)|
|2007–2008||552||551||539||1,642 (1,103 M & CR)|
|2008–2009||542||554||543||1,638 (1,096 M & CR)|
|School Year||Number of Students|
|2002–2003||1,588 (1,172 HS)|
|2003–2004||1,682 (1,225 HS)|
|2004–2005||1,817 (1,322 HS)|
|2005–2006||1,955 (1,440 HS)|
|2006–2007||2,043 (1,513 HS)|
|2007–2008||2,163 (1,637 HS)|
District and region affiliations
|1962–2001||AA||Northwestern District||Region II|
|2001–2005||AA||Dulles District||Region II|
|2005–2007||AAA||National District||Northern Region|
|2007–2011||AAA||Cedar Run District||Northwest Region|
|2011–present||AA||Dulles District||Region II|
Loudoun Valley is best known for its softball, lacrosse, golf, volleyball, girls' cross country and gymnastics teams, which have advanced in AA Region II and AAA Northern Region competition in the last five years. Loudoun Valley High School also has a well-known marching band program known as the Loudoun Valley Marching Vikes. The Marching Vikes consist of music students from both Loudoun Valley High School and Blue Ridge Middle School. Currently, they compete in AAA competition during the fall months.
Loudoun Valley has won twelve AA state championships, which are:
- Three in Girl's Volleyball (2000–01; 2001–02; 2004–05; 2009)
- Two in Softball (2003;2005)
- One in Girl's Track in 1976
- One in Baseball in 1972
- One in Golf in 1994
- One in Men's Track 4x800 relay 2003
- One in Men's Lacrosse 2004
- One in Men's Swimming 2004
- One in Men's Track 4x400 relay 2005
Loudoun Valley has won one AAA state championship in Girls Volleyball (2009–2010)
Loudoun Valley has won five AA sportsmanship awards, which are:
- Three in Girls Volleyball (1999–2000; 2002–2003; 2004–2005)
- Two in Girls Basketball (1993–1994; 1994–1995)
Valley's traditional rival school is Loudoun County High School in Leesburg, but this rivalry died down since the opening of Heritage High School of Leesburg in 2002. After Loudoun Valley's move to Group AAA in 2005, both Valley and County in 2006 agreed not to play games against each other for an indefinite time, making the rivalry nearly obsolete. Fellow Loudoun County school Stone Bridge also joined Group AAA in 2005 however, and rivalries have intensified between the two schools in many sports such as football, volleyball, and softball, where both schools have strong programs. Now with the opening of Woodgrove High School as the second Western Loudoun school in the 2010-2011 year, Valley and Woodgrove will play annually for the Western Cup.
Redistricting and reclassification controversy (2005-2007 playing cycle)
Before the 2005-2006 to 2006-2007 redistricting cycle, Valley was determined to be in Group AAA and was expected to join the Northern Region along with fellow district member Stone Bridge, but met very strong resistance with member schools. After several heated debates, Stone Bridge joined the Liberty District and Valley to the National District as a tournament only member. The move was highly controversial among the National District's membership, because they were located on an average of 50 miles or more away from Valley. This was remedied with Valley's reassignment to the Cedar Run District and Northwest Region in 2007, which was welcomed by most Northern Region members.
- Mark Herring, 48th Attorney General of Virginia
- Jimmye Laycock, Class of 1966, Head Coach of the College of William and Mary football team
- Clara Schwartz, convicted murderer