Warwick High School (Newport News)

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Warwick High School
Address
51 Copeland Lane
Newport News, Virginia, 23601
United States
Coordinates 37°3′9″N 76°28′32″W / 37.05250°N 76.47556°W / 37.05250; -76.47556Coordinates: 37°3′9″N 76°28′32″W / 37.05250°N 76.47556°W / 37.05250; -76.47556
Information
School type Public high school
Founded 1922
School district Newport News Public Schools
Superintendent Dr. Ashby C. Kilgore
Director Ms. Patty Chaney
(IB Program)
Principal Dr. Rory Stapleton
Assistant principals Mrs. Mecedes Lewis
Mr. Anthony Frazier
Mr. Keith Kuberek
Mrs. Micah Smith
Dr. Pascal Barreau
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 1656[1] (October 2009)
Language English
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Maroon and Gold
Athletics conference Virginia High School League
Peninsula District
Eastern Region
Mascot Raiders
Rival Menchville High School
Website

Warwick High School is a high school in Newport News, Virginia. Warwick is the oldest of five high schools in the city and has been home to the Newport News Centre for the International Baccalaureate (IB) program since 1996. The school's sports teams are known as the Raiders, previously the Farmers. Newsweek magazine ranked Warwick the 357th best public school in 2008, a drop from previous years.[2]

School history[edit]

The school originally opened in 1926 as Morrison High School in the small community of Morrison. It became Warwick High School in 1948. Originally located in Warwick County, it became part of the Newport News Public Schools system in 1958 when the citizenry of the former Warwick County voted to be politically consolidated with the neighboring independent city of Newport News, adopting the name of the latter for the newly enlarged independent city, which became the largest in Virginia geographically at the time. The facilities at Warwick High School were expanded to their present size in 1968.

Following the 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education decision of the U.S. Supreme Court, and Virginia's failed policy of Massive Resistance to public school integration which was led by the Byrd Organization, racial desegregation lawsuits eventually resulted in a federal court-ordered busing program in Newport News which began in 1971. Busing dramatically changed the nature of Warwick's population and community. However, in the years after the federal court supervision ended, a magnet school approach was adopted to successfully attract students and families to voluntarily select the school.

Due to overcrowding, Warwick High School expanded into the building which was formerly the Warwick Early Childhood Center. This building is now known as the Senior Center, although students from all grades may have classes there.

Also, in the 2007-2008 school year, Warwick High School started an archery team. This team has won the state competition and gone to nationals in Louisville, Kentucky multiple times. At nationals, the team has been nominated for the spirit award.

Warwick High School's Scholastic Bowl team has dominated local competition for six years. The team placed fourth in the state and second in the Eastern Region during the 2012-13 season, winning both the regular season and post-season tournament in the Peninsula District. The team won regular-season district competition in three of the last five years (2008–09, 2010–11, and 2012–13) and has won the post-season District Tournament every year since 2008-09. The Raider Scholastic Bowl team is currently undefeated in Conference Ten, its new VHSL competitive group.

Warwick High School has also enjoyed great success in debate and forensics. Students from the debate team have qualified for the state championship tournament every year from 2003-04 until the present (2012-13). Students from the forensics team have qualified for the state championship tournament every year from 2002-03 until the present (2012-13).

The school also has a bowling team which in 2006 won the VHSTBL championship and then in 2009 won it again. Also in 2009 they finished 2nd in the district.

Demographics[edit]

As of October 2009[3]

Category Enrollment Percentage
Total Enrollment 1656 100%
Gender
Male 828 50%
Female 828 50%
Ethnicity
Native American 7 0.4%
Asian/Pacific Islander 55 3.3%
Black 900 54.3%
Hispanic 103 6.2%
White 563 34.0%
Unspecified 28 1.7%
Special Education 211 12.7%
Talented and Gifted 141 8.5%
Economically Disadvantaged 679 41.0%

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Newport News Public Schools Demographic Snapshot". Newport News Public Schools. Retrieved 2009-11-06. 
  2. ^ "America's Top Public High Schools". Newsweek Magazine. Retrieved 2009-05-14. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Newport News Public Schools Dempgraphic Snapshot". Newport News Public Schools. Retrieved 2008-11-14. 
  4. ^ John Campbell, Review, "A Father and Son Recital in Newport News", Artsong Update, September (?) 2003, http://www.artsongupdate.org/Reviews/Artists/Crutchfields.htm. Retrieved 16 April 2014.
  5. ^ http://thedartmouth.com/2007/01/08/news/ill
  6. ^ Holtzclaw, Mike (October 11, 2007). "High school pulls Vick's jersey from trophy case". Daily Press (Virginia). Retrieved October 11, 2007. 
  7. ^ obituary. Retrieved November 30, 2012.