Robert E. Lee High School (Fairfax County, Virginia)

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Coordinates: 38°46′43.7″N 77°10′11.54″W / 38.778806°N 77.1698722°W / 38.778806; -77.1698722

Robert E. Lee High School
Address
6540 Franconia Road
Springfield, Virginia 22150
Information
School type Public, high school
Founded 1958
School district Fairfax County Public Schools
Principal Abe Jeffers
Staff 198
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 1,994 (2009-2010)
Language English
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Blue and Gold
Mascot Lancer
Feeder schools Key Middle School
Rival schools West Springfield High School

Thomas A. Edison High School

T.C. Williams High School

Athletic conferences Patriot District
Northern Region
Website

Robert E. Lee High School (Lee High School) is located in Springfield Virginia, part of the Fairfax County Public Schools system. Its mascot is the Lancer. It is named after Robert E. Lee, the general of the Confederate troops in the American Civil War. Lee High School is a very diverse school, with students from different races and backgrounds.

Demographics[edit]

In the 2012-2013 school year, Lee High School's student body was 32.77% Hispanic, 23.80% White, 26.61% Asian, 14.10% Black, and 3.21% other. [1]

Administration[edit]

Lee High School has served the Springfield community since it opened in 1958. Like many schools in Fairfax County, Lee reflects the increasing diversity of its student body. Students come from 42 countries and speak more than 34 languages. Lee holds high academic expectations for all its students, and the goal is to prepare students to successfully meet the challenges of pursuing a post-secondary education, getting a professional career, like becoming a cosmetologist, and overall, being able to adapt to a fast paced global society.

The integration of technology into the instructional program continues to be a major initiative. Lee’s library has the latest computer and network technology. The labs are equipped with high-end computers, digital cameras, and scanners for computer graphics and photography classes, and a fully computerized CAD lab is available for technical drawing and engineering classes.

Mr. Abe Jeffers is the current principal. This is his 2nd year at Lee. For more general information on Lee High School, please visit the Lee High School's webpage.[2]

Career Center[edit]

Lee High School has a Career Center inside the school. It is designed to provide students with college planning services through the use of computer software, videos, catalogs and visits by college representatives from state and national colleges and universities. Career planning, military options, scholarship and financial aid information are also available. Throughout the year, many special programs are presented for both parents and students. The career center is a crucial resource for Juniors and seniors as they decide which path to follow beyond their high school graduation. However, freshmen and sophomores are welcome to begin planning for their futures at the Career Center as well. For more information on Lee High School's career center, visit Lee High School's Career Center Offerings webpage.[3]

The IB Program[edit]

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Program is open to all 11th and 12th grade students at Lee High School and presents a varied and rigorous program of studies. IB is a comprehensive, integrated program that places as much value on the process of knowledge (teaching the student to analyze and apply knowledge) as the product (preparing the student for the content and assessments). IB courses present options for students to pursue a mixture of major interests (higher level courses) and less major interests (standard level courses).

The Pre-IB classes (grades 9-10) and the IB courses (grades 11-12) provide academic rigor and the intellectual, social, and critical perspectives necessary for the university experience. Students are encouraged to enroll in the Pre-IB classes to prepare them for the IB course sequences. IB is recognized for a strong emphasis on critical thinking skills, analytical writing, and a “connection” of skills across the academic disciplines.

With the IB program offered at Lee High School, students get a more challenging course load that better prepares them for college. Furthermore, an advantage of taking IB courses in Lee High School is that students get a chance to get college credit. Getting college credit depends on the score the student gets on their IB exam, usually a 6 or 7, and the guidelines for IB transfer credit the college or university the student chooses to attend has. So check the colleges and universities you want to go to in order to see what classes you can get credit for by taking IB exams.

For more information on Lee High School's IB program, visit Lee High School's IB Program webpage.[4]

Student activities[edit]

Involvement[edit]

Lee High School offers many opportunities to get involved, including clubs, honor societies, student government, and The Lance Publications. Lee High offers many different clubs and organizations to choose from in order for students to get involved, have fun, learn, and have extracurricular activities to put on their resume. Here's a link to a list of the Clubs offered at Lee High School for the academic year of 2011-2012.[5]

Honor societies[edit]

Students are selected for membership through an application process and sometimes interviews are conducted. Candidates must meet the chapter's requirement for scholarship, service, leadership and character in order to be selected for membership. Continued participation in service projects is required to retain membership. Members must also maintain the chapter's required cumulative GPA and have a good understanding of the language, or specialty.

  • Art Honor Society
  • Math Honor Society (Mu Alpha Theta)
  • Business Honor Society
  • Music Honor Society (Tri-M)
  • French Honor Society
  • National Honor Society
  • Science Honor Society
  • German Honor Society
  • Quill & Scroll Honor Society (Publications)
  • Japanese Honor Society
  • Spanish Honor Society
  • Thespian Honor Society (Theater)
  • History Honor Society
  • English Honor Society

Student government[edit]

The Student Government Association consists of elected and selected students who represent the entire student body. The objectives of the SGA are to promote school spirit, initiative and unity among the different classes and students, coordinate school activities and to provide a means of communication among administration, faculty and students. The SGA sponsors Homecoming Dance, Homecoming Elections, Powder Puff Game, Chili Cook Off, Homecoming Parade, Family Feud, The Senior vs. Faculty Basketball Game, Blizzard Blast, Mr. and Ms. Irresistible, International Night, three pep rallies (Fall, Winter, Spring), class elections and balloting among many other school activities.

Publications[edit]

The Lance is Lee High School's monthly newspaper. A student-run newspaper with a staff of approximately 20, The Lance covers news and events in the school, community, and nation. The Lance won Trophy Class, the highest honor bestowed by the Virginia High School League (VHSL), in 2003-2004 and 2005-2006. In 2007, The Lance received a grant for its consistent excellence.

The Shield, Lee's yearbook, serves as an informational record, memory and historical reference for the students and faculty as well as the Lee High School’s community at-large. The Shield covers academics, sports, student activities and student accomplishments with fairness and accuracy. The content is decided upon by the student staff members enrolled in Photojournalism 1, 2, and 3. Recruiting to become part of the staff typically takes place in early February when course selections are being made for the next year. Students are selected through a process that includes a written application, teacher recommendations and interviews OR through successful completion of Journalism 1. Lee's 2006-2007 edition of the yearbook was named a Pacemaker finalist.

The Troubador is a literary magazine by and for the students of Robert E. Lee High School, published to promote an interest in the arts by showcasing student art and literature.

Lancer Theatre[edit]

The Theatre Department at Lee High School produces two mainstages a year: a fall play and a spring musical. One of the mainstage shows, is selected as the Cappies competition piece. Lancer Theatre Department also usually produces a competition piece in October to perform at the Virginia Theatre Association conference. Lancer Theatre's Thespians, troupe 362 of the International Thespian Society, produces an annual Murder Mystery dinner show in September, a Lancer Idol voice competition in December, theatre parties, fundraising, and other community events. To be part of the Thespian Honors Society one must collect 30 points in theatre, which are obtained by being in shows, seeing productions, and so on. Lancer Theatre also has a Drama Club that is open to all current and alumni Lee students. Drama Club includes theatre updates, food, fun, games, and theatre sports. There used to be an Improvisation Team, picked as "Best in the County" for 2005-2006[citation needed]. Finally, Lee High School offers theatre classes, including Theatre 1-4, IB Theatre 1-2, and Technical Theatre.

Marching band[edit]

The marching band includes members from the top two bands, Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band. Also referred to as the Marching Lancers, they attend all the varsity home football games, and play during the halftime show.

In the 2006 year, The Lee Marching Lancers achieved a superior rating at the VBODA state marching festival, in Winchester, VA, and later received the title of a "Virginia Honor Band."

Sports[edit]

Lee High School offers a wide array of sports and sporting clubs, including Football, Basketball, Soccer, Baseball, Tennis, Lacrosse, Track and Field, Swimming, Diving, Wrestling, Golf, Indoor Track, Cross Country, Marching Band, Field Hockey, Softball, and Volleyball. Sports are offered at Freshmen, Junior Varsity, and Varsity levels. Lee's sports compete in Virginia's AAA Patriot District.

Football[edit]

Football is one of the most popular sports teams at the school. Given the team's popularity, the Lancers regularly attract a large number of fans. They were runner-up in the 2009 northern region championship. In 2011, the Lancers revived their football team with a brand new coaching staff lead by head coach Clarence Martin. Martin was a graduate of T.C. Williams, Lee's arch-rival.

Track and field[edit]

Robert E. Lee High School has a very successful Track and Field program. It has produced All-District, All-Region, All-State and All-American athletes. In 2007 the Lee track team came in third in the AAA Virginia State meet. Track coach Gary Powell was awarded Coach of the Year by the Washington Post in 2007.[6] Many Lee track team athletes continue on with their Track and Field careers onto the collegiate level, including alumnus Terry Cobb (Class of 1966), Yosef Tessema (Class of 2007) and Sean Holston (Class of 2007) who was national high school champion in the 200m and 400m, Anton Bowman (Class of 2009) and Damtew Adnew(Class of 2010).

Basketball[edit]

The Girls' Varsity Basketball team won the Northern Region title for the 2007-2008 season. The Boy's basketball team had a notable alumni Sirvaliant Brown who attended George Washington University in 2001 and was second in the nation in scoring as a freshman.

Soccer[edit]

Lately the only spring sport that has made it to regionals twice in the Patriot District.

Golf[edit]

Lee's Tyler Spears from the Class of 2014, won the Patriot District Golf Title in October 2010, 2nd place in October 2012 and won in October 2012. He became the first Lee golfer to win the Golf title in 13 years.

Overall, the Golf team won second place in the Patriot district Tournament in 2012.

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Charles Chao - (graduated 2001) - Virginia Army National Guard whom protected a public ceremony marking the occasion that took place on Monday, January 21, 2013 at the United States Capitol building. The inauguration marked the beginning of the second term of Barack Obama as President and Joe Biden as Vice President.
  • Melissa Belote - triple gold medalist in 1972 Olympics in swimming
  • Sabrina Harman (graduated 1996) - U.S. Army reservist convicted in connection with the 2003-2004 Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal in Baghdad, Iraq.[7]
  • Darren "Venus Brown" Floyd (graduated 1987) - A&R / Executive Producer: will.i.am, The Black Eyed Peas, Justin Timberlake, Fergie, Macy Gray
  • Robert Nabors II, Current Director for Legislative Affairs for President Obama

References[edit]

  1. ^ FCPS - School Profiles - Lee HS - Demographics
  2. ^ http://www.fcps.edu/LeeHS/.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ http://www.fcps.edu/LeeHS/content/studentservices/careercenter.html.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ http://www.fcps.edu/LeeHS/content/academics/ibprogram.html.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ http://www.fcps.edu/LeeHS/content/activities/documents/Class%20and%20Club%20List%202011-2012.pdf.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ "Boys' Indoor Track". The Washington Post. 2007-04-05. Retrieved 2010-05-22. 
  7. ^ Davenport, Christian; Amon, Michael (2004-05-09). "Accused Soldiers a Diverse Group". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2013-09-21. 

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