Mount Vernon High School (Alexandria, Virginia)

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Mount Vernon High School
Esse Non Videri
To be, not to seem to be
8515 Old Mount Vernon Road
Alexandria, Virginia, 22309
Coordinates 38°43′37.58″N 77°5′30.17″W / 38.7271056°N 77.0917139°W / 38.7271056; -77.0917139Coordinates: 38°43′37.58″N 77°5′30.17″W / 38.7271056°N 77.0917139°W / 38.7271056; -77.0917139
School type Public, high school
Founded 1939, 1974 (relocated)[1]
School district Fairfax County Public Schools
Principal Nardos King
Staff 230
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 1,738 (2006)
Language English
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Maroon and gray
Mascot Majors
Newspaper EmVeHi
Feeder schools Walt Whitman Middle School
Rival schools Edison High School
West Potomac High School
Athletic conferences National District
Northern Region
Mount Vernon High School building

Mount Vernon High School is a public high school in the Fairfax County Public Schools system located in Mount Vernon, Virginia. The school was founded in 1939. Its original location is still standing on Richmond Highway, now a school for Islamic students, named "Islamic Saudi Acadamy" or ISA. This building was constructed to have a similar design to the Mount Vernon Estate, with a rooftop resembling the roof on the estate. The school's current location was built in the 1970's.

Academic achievement[edit]

Students with individual needs are accommodated through special education programs, including English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) program, and advanced placement and International Baccalaureate programs. Mount Vernon is an accredited, with warning high school based on the failure to pass the mathematics portion of Standards of Learning tests in Virginia.[2] The average SAT score in 2013 for Mount Vernon was a 1417 (479 in Critical Reading, 474 in Math, and 464 in Writing).[3]


For the 2013-14 school year, Mount Vernon High School's student body was 37.82% Hispanic, 29.38% Black, 22.18% White, 6.28% Asian and 5.31% Other.[4]

School nickname[edit]

The school takes its name from George Washington's estate, Mount Vernon, and is located a mile and a half from the historic site. The nickname is a reference to George Washington and his "beloved" half-brother, Lawrence Washington, who both served as Adjunct of Virginia Colony. This position came with the rank of "Major" and included a distinctive red uniform. The school colors are maroon and gray.


School athletic programs feature fall, winter and spring sports, including cheerleading, cross country, field hockey, football, golf, volleyball, basketball, gymnastics, swimming, wrestling, baseball, crew, lacrosse, softball, soccer, tennis, track and intramural sports.

In Mount Vernon's history, it has garnered three AAA State Championship titles. They won their first title in 1979, in basketball, their second in 1983, for football, and after a thirty year drought, a third in 2013, for soccer.


Mount Vernon's "Little Theater," officially named "The Andrew Lee Palma Theater," was dedicated to an English and Drama teacher who retired from the school in 1986. The Little Theater can hold a capacity of more than 500 students.

It is home to many plays, school events, and speeches. Notable events include "Mr. Mount Vernon" and "Miss Personality," model shows that are held annually. Another notable event, named "The Poetry Expo," was created in 2008 by an English teacher named Melinda Bloomquist, to express her love for poetry. It is held annually in April.

Notable people[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Bohn, Michael (2005-10-17). "Keeping the Past Alive: A Brief History of the Mount Vernon District". Mount Vernon Gazette. Retrieved 2007-06-30. 
  2. ^ "VA - DoE Mount Vernon High School Report Card". Virginia Department of Education. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  3. ^ "FCPS - High School SAT Scores" (PDF). Fairfax County Public Schools. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  4. ^ "FCPS – School Profiles – Mount Vernon HS – Demographics" (PDF). Retrieved October 10, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Player Inductees Bios: Gary Etherington". Wirginia-DC Soccer Hall of Fame. Retrieved April 1, 2014. 
  6. ^ Photo Gallery: Tony Perkins!
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  8. ^ Bowl Championship Series - Cunningham, Ed
  9. ^ Shipley, Amy (September 17, 2009). "Swimming for Redemption". Washington Post. Retrieved April 1, 2014. 
  10. ^ Boswell, Thomas (October 11, 1987). "Hammaker Not Indestructible, Just Unsinkable". Washington Post. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 1, 2014. 
  11. ^ Hardin, Tom (July 17, 2008). "A community mirror: The first 100 years". Southside Sentinel. Retrieved April 1, 2014.