Robinson Secondary School

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James W. Robinson, Jr. Secondary School
RobinsonSS-AthleticsLogoSolo.png
Home of Champions
Address
5035 Sideburn Road
Fairfax, Virginia 22032
Coordinates 38°49′01″N 77°18′11″W / 38.817°N 77.303°W / 38.817; -77.303Coordinates: 38°49′01″N 77°18′11″W / 38.817°N 77.303°W / 38.817; -77.303
Information
School type Public, secondary school
School district Fairfax County Public Schools
Principal Matt Eline
Assistant principals Michael Mukai
Staff approximately 400
Grades 7–12
Enrollment 3,939 (2010-11)
Middle school 1,243 (2010-11)
High school 2,696 (2010-11)
Language English
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Royal Blue and gold
Mascot Rams
Website

James W. Robinson, Jr. Secondary School, known as Robinson Secondary School, opened in 1971, is a public school in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Robinson is located in Fairfax, near George Mason University. The school is administered by the Fairfax County Public Schools. Robinson offers the International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement programs, and has over 4000 students in grades 7-12. It is currently the biggest school in Virginia.[citation needed] The school colors are Royal blue and gold and the school mascot is a ram.

History[edit]

Robinson was named after Medal of Honor recipient James W. Robinson, Jr., the first resident of Virginia to be awarded the medal during the Vietnam War. Sergeant Robinson, age 25, was fatally wounded under heroic circumstances in South Vietnam in April 1966, while serving in the infantry in the U.S. Army.

Robinson Secondary School opened its doors in September 1971, taking its students from Fairfax, W.T. Woodson, Oakton, and West Springfield high schools. Robinson was the second of Fairfax County's "Secondary Schools," or "superschools," which housed grades 7-12. Robinson's chief rival to the east, Lake Braddock, which opened two years later in 1973, was the third of these schools from this era. The first was Hayfield, near Mount Vernon, which opened in 1968, and the most recent is South County in Lorton, which opened in 2005, taking its students from former Hayfield territory. South County has since reverted to high school status with the opening of South County Middle School near the school's athletic complex.

Demographics[edit]

For the 2011-2012 school year, Robinson's grade 9-12 student body was 59.11% White, 17.88% Asian, 13.31% Hispanic, 5.28% Black and 4.42% Other.[1] The grade 7-8 student body was 60.18% White, 14.30% Asian, 12.54% Hispanic, 7.54% Black and 5.44% Other.[2]

LSD scandal[edit]

In 1991 Robinson was the center of an LSD trafficking scandal in which a drug ring sold more than 100,000 doses of LSD in the course of two years.[3] The ring was exposed when a 16 year old Robinson student shot and wounded a Fairfax police officer.[4] In the course of the investigation it was revealed that six Robinson and Lake Braddock graduates were receiving large quantities of the drug through the mail.[5] One of the men who was facing the harshest penalties faked a suicide and fled the area, only to be caught two years later in St. Louis and sentenced to 24 years in prison with no possibility of parole.[6][7]

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Shawn Camp (Class of 1994) - Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher
  • Steve Dunn (Class of 1988) – Retired Minnesota Twins first baseman
  • Scott Ellis (Class of 1975) - a Broadway director who has been nominated for a Tony Award five times, an Emmy nomination, and received the Drama Desk Award.
  • Joel Patten (Class of 1976) College tight end and tackle, Duke University, NFL tackle, Cleveland, Indianapolis, San Diego Chargers, & LA Raiders.
  • Javier Lopez (Class of 1995) – San Francisco Giants Relief Pitcher
  • Kjell N. Lindgren (Class of 1991) - NASA Astronaut scheduled to launch to the International Space Station as part of Expedition 44 in June 2015[8]
  • Rob Muzzio – 1992 Summer Olympics Team USA Representative
  • Scott Urick - 2006 U.S. Men's National Team in World Lacrosse Championship, former Georgetown Hoyas Assistant Coach, and current head lacrosse coach for the University of the District Columbia [9]
  • Chris Warren (Class of 1985) - Retired Seattle Seahawks, Dallas Cowboys, and Philadelphia Eagles Running Back
  • Chip Vaughn - Football safety for the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the CFL and New Orleans Saints
  • Dave Brockie - Founder, guitarist and vocalist of GWAR.
  • Mike Schleibaum - Guitarist of Darkest Hour

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