Paul VI Catholic High School
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|Paul VI Catholic High School|
|10675 Fairfax Boulevard
Fairfax, Virginia, 22030
|Motto||Grow in Grace & Wisdom|
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|Oversight||Diocese of Arlington|
|Chief custodian||Matthew Dyson|
|Color(s)||Black and Gold|
|Slogan||Do Ordinary Things Extraordinary Well|
|Athletics conference||Washington Catholic Athletic Conference|
|Accreditation(s)||Southern Association of Colleges and Schools |
|Publication||Prowl (Literary Magazine)|
|Newspaper||'The Panther Press'|
|Dean of Academics||Tom Opfer|
|Dean of Faculty||Margaret Latessa|
|Dean of Students||Patrick McGroarty|
|Admissions Director||Eileen Hanley|
|Campus Ministry Coordinator||Joyce Krolicki|
|Athletic Director||William Emerson|
The school is located in southwest Fairfax, and is named for Pope Paul VI. It currently[when?] competes in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference and has a high-profile athletic rivalry with Bishop O'Connell High School in Arlington.
Paul VI opened for the 1983-84 school year, accepting freshmen and sophomore students only. The next year (1984–85), the school was open to freshmen through juniors, and 1985-86 saw the first senior class. The Diocese of Arlington purchased the school building, then in a dilapidated condition, from George Mason University, which had owned it for about a decade. The structure was the original Fairfax High School, which opened in 1936 and relocated to a new facility in January 1972. One wing of the building housed Alzheimer patients until the school's third year.
During its first years, the school was ministered by five Oblates of St. Francis de Sales, who also taught classes, and one of whom (Don Heet) served as the principal. The remainder of the faculty were lay teachers. In 2000, the school selected its first principal who was not from the De Sales order, Philip Robey, who stepped down seven years later, to be replaced by Virginia Colwell, a former English teacher at Paul VI. The team name "Panthers" was chosen by a vote of the student body during the first year. The original school colors were brown and gold until the 1999-2000 school year, when the school moved away from brown in favor of black, which was considered more stylish by the students.
Mission Statement: The mission of Paul VI Catholic High School is to provide an excellent Catholic education to young men and women by affording them the means to achieve spiritual, intellectual, personal, social, and physical development according to the teachings of the Gospel and St. Francis de Sales. Paul VI Catholic High School is committed to graduating responsible, moral, service-oriented young adults who will continue to “grow in grace and wisdom”.
On May 9, 2001, Arlington Bishop Paul S. Loverde led a parade of civic and school officials at the groundbreaking for a new $6.5 million student activity center. The new center included a gathering space for the entire student body, three classrooms, gymnasium, locker rooms, weight room, movable stage, storage for athletic and stage equipment, offices, laundry facilities and concession stand.
The expansion was the result of five years of planning and fund-raising by the school to refurbish its grounds. After a generous grant from the Diocese of Arlington, school officials were able to make some needed repairs to the old building. Before actual construction began on the activity center in winter 2001, air conditioning was installed in the current building and the current school locker rooms were torn down.
The two-story addition was completed for the 2003-04 school year and added a new gymnasium, locker rooms, computer lab, coaches' offices and a wrestling room.
Advanced Placement Courses include: Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Computer Science A, English Literature and Composition, European History, French, German, Latin literature, Macroeconomics, Music Theory, Psychology, Statistics, Studio Art: 2-D Design, Studio Art: Drawing, United States Government and Politics, United States History, Comparative Government.
Dual Enrollment Courses: Biology 101, Biology 102, Chemistry 111, cyberscience, microbiology & genetics, English Writing and Composition 
Faculty with Advanced Degrees: 55 Masters Degrees,4 PhD, 1 MD, 1 CPA
- From the PVI Class of 2009, 97% are attending post-secondary educational institutions; 89% attend four-year colleges and 8% attend two-year colleges
- Over the last 7 years,[when?] 68% of the final grades awarded were “B” or higher
- 30% of PVI's current[when?] students have earned a 3.5 or better GPA (honor roll)
- The Class of 2009 was awarded $5,101,670.00 in college scholarships
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PVI's athletic teams compete in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference.
Levi Franklin, Jr. left the Paul VI coaching staff as to become an assistant coach at Robert Morris University. He is responsible for coaching the post players as well as serving as one of the program's top recruiters. Over his six years at PVI he posted an overall record of 120-62 (.659), averaging 20 wins per season. He guided Paul VI Catholic to the WCAC Tri-League championship in 2002-03 as well as two second place overall finishes in the WCAC (2003–04 and 2005–06). Franklin also led PVI to three semifinal appearances as well as one championship game of the WCAC Tournament.
The new head coach for the 2007-08 season is Glenn Farello, the coach with a 163-68 record at Eleanor Roosevelt (Maryland) over nine years as head coach (he spent an additional five as an assistant there). At Roosevelt, Farello won four Maryland Regional titles, and one state crown (2002). Thirty five of his players have gone on to play college basketball, while ten have competed professionally.
The Paul VI basketball team created high school basketball history on Monday, February 27, 2012, when they won the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC) boys basketball championship. While doing so, they did not lose a game in conference play, winning 21 consecutive conference games. No other team in the history of the WCAC has had an undefeated season while winning 21 games. What makes this feat all the more rare, is that there were three nationally ranked teams in the WCAC when Paul VI accomplished the feat. The WCAC is widely regarded as the best high school basketball conference in the country.
The 2011-12 team had ten Division 1 players on the team. They received offers from a variety of conferences including the Big East, ACC, Patriot League and Ivy League.
Playing in one of the toughest high school baseball conferences in the mid-Atlantic region, the baseball program at PVI has become a nationally recognized, area powerhouse with a record of 121-32 and seven Championship titles between 2004 and 2008. The PVI Panthers play in the ultra-competitive Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC). Every year since 2000, the WCAC has produced at least one nationally ranked baseball team and, on several occasions, several teams. PVI baseball also competes for the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association (VISAA) State Championship at the end of each season. The VISAA State Tournament includes the top eight private school baseball teams in the State of Virginia. Several Major League players are alumni of the VISAA State Tourney including BJ Upton of the Tampa Bay Rays.
The Panthers were ranked as #6 in the nation by USA Today in 2008 and ranked as #3 by Rise Magazine. They finished the 2008 season with a record of 27-3, captured the Southeastern Baseball Classic Championship, the VISAA State Championship and ended the year ranked 12th in America by several publications. The program has produced several All-Met, All-State and All-American players along with sending 33 players to college baseball since 2003. 21 PVI alumni are currently playing in college. Many are at major Division I programs that participated in the 2008 NCAA Tournament such as Georgia, St. John's, University of Dayton, East Carolina, Rider and Mount St. Mary's.
The head coach, Billy Emerson, has an overall record of 138-44 at the school since arriving in 2003. He has been named coach of the year several times by the Washington Post, Washington Examiner, his fellow WCAC coaches and the VISAA. In 2008, he was also named Mid-Atlantic Coach of the Year by the National H.S. Baseball Coaches Association and was one of eight finalists for National H.S. Coach of the year.
2004: (17-12) REGULAR SEASON: 2nd place in the WCAC South - POST SEASON: WCAC Tournament Quarterfinalists, VISAA State Champions
2005: (26-5) REGULAR SEASON: WCAC South Champs - POST SEASON: WCAC Tournament finalists, VISAA State Semifinalists (Nationally ranked as high as #17)
2006: (24-8) REGULAR SEASON: 3rd place in the WCAC (north/south divisions no longer in place) - POST SEASON: WCAC Tournament Finalists, VISAA State Finalists
2007: (27-4) REGULAR SEASON: 1st place in the WCAC - POST SEASON: WCAC Tournament Champs, VISAA State Semifinalists (Nationally ranked as high as #41)
2008: (27-3) REGULAR SEASON: 1st place in the WCAC Southeastern Baseball Classic Champs- POST SEASON: WCAC Tournament Semifinalists, VISAA State Champions (Nationally Ranked as high as #3)
1999 WCAC Varsity Football Champions
Cross country, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, swimming & diving, tennis, indoor track (winter), track and field, wrestling, volleyball, cheerleading, dance team, softball, special Olympics soccer, basketball
- Art Works
- Band—Concert Band, Jazz Band, Wind Ensemble
- Panther Pals—Options Club
- Campus Ministry
- Chess Club
- Computer Competitions Club
- Choir—Concert Choir and Show Choir
- Pizza and God for Girls
- Catholic Athletes for Christ
- Paul VI Debate Club
- French Club
- French Honor Society
- FYI PVI
- Gaming Club
- German Club
- Guitar Club
- Italian Club
- International Thespian Society
- It's Academic
- Junior Classical League
- Junior Math League
- Latin Honor Society
- Literary Arts Magazine
- Liturgical Musicians
- Model Judiciary
- Model UN
- Multicultural Club
- National Honor Society
- PVI Players (Drama)
- Salesian Spirituality
- SLATE (Students Looking After the Environment)
- Spanish Club
- Spanish Honor Society
- Student Ambassadors
- Tae Kwon Do
- Table Tennis
- Teens for Life
- VI Man
- Eddie Royal - WR, San Diego Chargers, NFL. Graduated from Westfield High School
- Owen Schmitt - FB, Oakland Raiders, transferred out
- Erick Green - G, Denver Nuggets, Class of 2009
There was a high profile scandal at PVI in 1999 when it was discovered that 16-year-old student Jonathan Taylor Spielberg, who claimed to be Steven Spielberg's nephew, was actually Anoushirvan Fakhran, a 27-year-old porn actor from Tehran, Iran. After repeated truancy by Fakhran, school officials contacted DreamWorks to see if Spielberg had any information about his "nephew". When it was discovered that Steven Spielberg only had nieces, a police investigation followed. Fakhran was arrested and later pleaded guilty to forgery. Fakhran was sentenced to two years and eleven months of probation, ordered to perform 100 hours of community service, and was barred from having contact with minors.
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- Paul VI High School official website
- PVI baseball website
- Washington Catholic Athletic Conference official website