National District (VHSL)

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The AAA National District is a high school conference in the state of Virginia that includes schools from eastern Fairfax County and all of the public high schools in Arlington County.

The National District was founded in 1993 as part of an attempted realignment of the Northern Region. The charter members of the district were Edison, Hayfield, Mount Vernon, Stuart, Wakefield, Washington-Lee, West Potomac, and Yorktown High Schools.

All of the National District schools are in Division 5 (smaller AAA schools). The largest member is Yorktown with an enrollment of approximately 1,800 students, and the smallest member is Falls Church with an enrollment at around 1,300 students. Falls Church and Stuart have AA size enrollments, but choose to play up in AAA to maintain rivalries with neighboring schools rather than play schools in the AA Dulles District, whose members are farther away.

The National District schools compete in the AAA Northern Region with the schools from the AAA Concorde District, the AAA Liberty District, and the AAA Patriot District.

Membership changes[edit]

Most of the National District schools have stayed intact since its founding. In 1996, West Potomac moved from the National to the Patriot and added Falls Church from the Liberty District. From 2003-2005, Jefferson moved from the Concorde to the National only for football, where the Colonials clinched a Division 5 playoff berth in 2004.

Loudoun Valley of Purcellville was added in 2005 as a full member for football, but as a part-time member in other sports by participating only in post season district tournaments, because it was located about 50 miles or more west of the National District schools. In sports other than football, Valley played an independent schedule, usually against schools in the AA Dulles District. In 2007, Loudoun Valley was moved to the Northwest Region which was regarded as a welcomed move to the National District's members.

2012-2013 district champions[edit]

AAA athletic and academic team championships won by National District schools in 2008-2009[edit]

  • Football: Hayfield
  • Boys Cross Country: Hayfield
  • Girls Crosss Country
  • Field Hockey
  • Volleyball
  • Golf:Falls Church
  • Cheerleading:Edison

State champions since 2004[edit]

Virginia State Championships
Year Sport/Competition School
2004 AAA Forensics Edison
2005 AAA Debate Edison
2006 AAA Debate Yorktown
2006 AAA Girls Swimming and Diving Yorktown
2007 AAA Girls Swimming and Diving Yorktown
2007 AAA Debate Yorktown
2008 AAA Debate Yorktown
2009 AAA Forensics Yorktown
2010 AAA Forensics Yorktown

|2013 |AAA Swim & Dive |Falls Church |- |}

  • includes schools only when they were in the district

Member schools[edit]

Former National members[edit]