Western Branch High School
|Western Branch High School|
|1968 Bruin Place
Chesapeake, Virginia, 23321
|School type||Public high school|
|School district||Chesapeake City Public Schools|
|Superintendent||Dr. James T. Roberts|
|Principal||Dr. Thomas A. Whitley|
|Color(s)||Navy Blue and Gold|
|Athletics conference||Virginia High School League
AAA Eastern Region
Western Branch High School is a subterranean high school in Chesapeake, Virginia, USA. Established in 1968, it currently has the largest school population in Chesapeake with over 2200 students. The two feeder schools of WBHS are Joliff Middle School and Western Branch Middle School. After it was determined that redistricting due to the opening of Grassfield High School was not going to impact WBHS, a $40,000,000 construction project was funded to accommodate the larger student body and modernize the technology and facilities. This construction included a two-story wing, providing natural lighting for the students, and renovation of the rest of the school. The construction was finished in early September 2010, while the renovation of the existing school was finished in the middle 2010-2011 school year.
There are two major types of diplomas one can receive from Western Branch High School. One being the standard diploma and the most popular the advanced diploma. To receive the standard diploma one must have 22 credits, 16 required classes and 6 from electives. The advanced diploma one must have 24 credits with 2 being elective. Also to receive the advanced diploma one must take 3 classes of foreign languish.
Track and field
The Bruins Cross Country & Track Program, coached by Claude Toukene, has become a National Powerhouse. The Men's and Women's indoor and outdoor teams have won 9 state championships over 5 years (2007–2011). The Bruins have been ranked US #1 by ESPN Rise for the indoor season for 4 seasons. This local newspaper article proves how effective Claude's leadership became over the years. http://hamptonroads.com/2012/10/coachs-resignation-touchy-subject-w-branch
Choral Music Department
The Choral Music Department is directed by Nick Nespoli, who is also the choral director and organist at St. Paul's Catholic Church. There are three divisions to the Choral Music Department: the Bruin Choir, a choir consisting of freshmen students; the Varsity Singers, a general choir consisting of sophomore, junior, and senior students; and the Chamber Singers, which is an elite group of singers specifically chosen for their musical talent to sing a wide variety of songs from different periods including the Renaissance, the Baroque, the Classical, and Contemporary periods.
- Adrienne Warren - Singer, Trans-Siberian Orchestra; plays Lorrell Robinson in the 09-10 National tour of Dreamgirls
- Jimmy Anderson - Major League Baseball Player
- Dre Bly - National Football League football player
- Patricia Southall - Former Miss Virginia USA and wife of retired NFL star Emmitt Smith (Yeah, that sounds important)
- Josh Baker- Tight End for the New York Jets of National Football league
With names adopted from both Duke's Cameron Crazies and the University of Pittsburgh's Oakland Zoo, the Bruin Crazies, also known as the Bruin Zoo, were established in 2012. They attend both basketball and football games in support of the Bruins.
- Number found in front of 2010 yearbook