Yorktown High School (Virginia)

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Yorktown High School
Address
5200 Yorktown Blvd
Arlington, Virginia 22207
Coordinates 38°54′12″N 77°08′21″W / 38.903458°N 77.139151°W / 38.903458; -77.139151Coordinates: 38°54′12″N 77°08′21″W / 38.903458°N 77.139151°W / 38.903458; -77.139151
Information
School type Public, high school
Founded 1960
School board Arlington Public Schools
School district Arlington Public Schools
Principal Dr. Raymond J. Pasi
Assistant principals John Doll, William Lomax, Suzanne Evans, Meghan Henning
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 1,786 (2012)
Student to teacher ratio 15.2
Language English
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Columbia blue/White
Mascot Patriots
Rival Washington-Lee High School
Wakefield High School
Average SAT scores 1741 (2008)
Athletic conferences National District
Northern Region
Website

Yorktown High School is one of three public high schools located in Arlington, Virginia. There were 123 teachers and 1786 students as of 2012.

It is an accredited high school based on Virginia's SOL examinations, and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The school is ranked among the top 100 schools in the nation according to Newsweek.[1]

History[edit]

The school opened for the first time for the 1960–61 school year, with only Sophomore and Junior classes. The first graduating class was in 1962. The building was originally an elementary school, which was converted into a high school to relieve crowding at Washington-Lee High School (W-L).[citation needed]

The school was threatened with closure in 1982 due to declining enrollment, but because of strong community support, the idea was nixed. To boost the school's population, the attendance boundary between W-L and Yorktown in the northeastern portion of the county was redrawn in 1983. Portions of the Donaldson Run, Cherrydale, Woodmont, Dover Crystal, and Old Dominion neighborhoods were transferred into a larger Yorktown district.[citation needed]

In the 90s its boundaries expanded once again to serve the communities of Rosslyn Courthouse, Clarendon, Westover, Halls Hill/Highview Park, and portions of Dominion Hills. Today the school has the largest student body of the county's three comprehensive high schools. An entirely new Yorktown facility opened for the 2013-14 school year, after several years of construction. The replacement campus was designed by Ehrenkrantz Eckstut & Kuhn Architects.[citation needed]

Original front entrance of Yorktown High School, prior to 2010 re-build

Building structure and location[edit]

The school building opened in January 1950, as a brand new elementary school and served the community as an elementary school until it was converted into a high school. It was named Yorktown from its opening. At that time it was a one-story building and only housed the elementary students. Greenbrier Elementary School was a different building which has since been renamed Campbell Elementary School and is located near Carlin Springs Road.[citation needed]

Additions have been added, enlarging the school, but leaving many of the older sections still incorporated within the walls, often still being used as classrooms. Yorktown is placed on a small parcel[clarification needed] of land. The School Board does not own the adjacent athletic grounds, Greenbrier Park, which belong to Arlington County. Construction and renovation has been completed on Greenbrier Park.[when?] Individual softball and baseball fields have been installed along with a new turf field to be used for football, field hockey, soccer, and lacrosse. A rubberized track was added.[citation needed]

First a square, three-floor building was built and connected by a hallway to the old building. Over the next summer a long section of the new building was completed and attached directly to the first phase, and most of the old building was demolished leaving only a small section of science and music classrooms. The newest wing of the new building, the pool, and the gymnasium were then opened over Winter Break of the next year and the final section of the old building was demolished. As of the 2012-2013 school year, the last wing was completed along with the courtyard.

Renovation[edit]

Arlington proposed a Bond Package, approved by voters in 2000.[citation needed] As a result, in 2003, the school added an external wing to the school, containing classrooms and computer lab.

On May 8, 2006, the Arlington County School Board approved a preliminary design to rebuild the building. Voters approved about $25,000,000 for the project in the 2006 elections and $75,000,000 is on the ballot for next year. On February 1, 2007, the School Board unanimously approved the schematic design for the new Yorktown High School.[2]

A new school building opened in September 2004. The athletic fields were renovated in 2007.[3]

In January 2012, Phase II of the construction was completed, including three floors of classrooms, an eight-lane pool with diving well, a wrestling room, weight room and new main gym.[citation needed]

Demographics[edit]

The school's demographic breakdown of the 2012–2013 school year is as follows:[4]

The vast majority of the school's students reside in the area of the county commonly called "North Arlington" which is the portion of the county north of Arlington Boulevard (US Route 50). The attendance area covers the high rise neighborhoods that border Washington, DC like Rosslyn, Courthouse and Clarendon in the northeastern part of the county to the neighborhoods of large single family homes in the northern and western parts of the county adjacent to the City of Falls Church, McLean and Upper Northwest (DC). A small portion of McLean (22101) within Arlington County is under the jurisdiction of the Arlington Public Schools and its students attend Yorktown. Many of the neighborhoods in the Yorktown attendance area are also zoned to Washington-Lee High School. High school boundary changes between the two schools historically have occurred at least once every decade.[citation needed]

Academics[edit]

Performing arts[edit]

  • Yorktown's winter guard has won gold medals in the Atlantic Indoor Association Championships in 2009 and 2010, with their shows "To Tame a Volcano" and "How We Used to Be."[5][6] After 2009 championships, they were promoted to the A3 class, and again in 2010 to A2. Yorktown's color guard has also won Best Color Guard at many marching band competitions, including at the 2009 and 2010 USSBA State Championships.
  • Yorktown's Indoor Drumline won the Atlantic Indoor Association's (AIA) Percussion Scholastic A class (PSA) silver medal in 2009, and the AIA PSA gold medal in both 2010 and 2011 with their programs, "HYPERtension," "Boiling Point: From Ice to Steam," and "Industrious" respectively. In 2012, Yorktown Indoor Percussion was promoted to Open Class (PSO) where they finished 4th at the 2012 AIA Championships with their program, "PUSH." In the fall season, the Yorktown Drumline has consistently been awarded "Best Percussion" at US Bands regionals and at the US Bands Virginia State Championship.

Sports[edit]

The school mascot is the Patriots.

Pool and stadiums[edit]

Yorktown has a public partnership with Arlington County to use the athletic facilities of Greenbrier Park for softball, baseball, and track & field events.

The Yorktown swimming pool is owned by Arlington County and operated by the Parks, Recreation and Community Resources Division. During the week, it is used for the high school physical education program of Yorktown and for students of neighboring middle and elementary schools. The school's swim and dive teams use the facility.[citation needed]

Starting in 2002, the Arlington County School Board intended to spend over $700,000 on the installation and maintenance of new Fieldturf in various athletic fields and stadiums. In 2006, Yorktown's outdoor stadium was the last of the three Arlington high schools to undergo installation.[7]

State Champions since 2005[edit]

Virginia State Championships
Year Sport/Competition School
2005 AAA Girls Swimming and Diving Yorktown
2006 AAA Debate Yorktown
2006 AAA Girls Swimming and Diving Yorktown
2007 AAA Girls Swimming and Diving Yorktown
2007 AAA Debate Yorktown
2008 AAA Debate Yorktown
2009 Boy's Rowing Yorktown
2010 AAA Forensics Yorktown

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dan Brillman and Gina Pace (2008). "The Top of the Class". Newsweek. Retrieved September 11, 2008. 
  2. ^ schematic design
  3. ^ "Greengrocer Park – Construction Updates". Retrieved September 6, 2007. 
  4. ^ Find all information about Yorktown High School on the K-12 CIVIL RIGHTS STATISTICS BY SCHOOL [1]
  5. ^ 2009 AIA Championships recaps[dead link]
  6. ^ 2010 AIA Championships recaps[dead link]
  7. ^ "Arlington and Synthetic Turf Fields". Arlingtonva.us. Retrieved January 2, 2013. 

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