Abingdon High School (Virginia)
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|Abingdon High School|
|School type||Public, high school|
|School district||Washington County School Division|
|Superintendent||Dr. Brian C. Ratliff|
|Principal||Mr. Jimmy King|
|Color(s)||Navy & White|
|Athletics conference||Southwest District
|Rival||John S. Battle High School|
|Feeder schools||E.B. Stanley Middle School|
Abingdon High School is a public high school located in Abingdon, Virginia. The school focuses on academics while also emphasizing extracurricular activities such as athletics, the arts, clubs, and community involvement.
Abingdon High School offers numerous academic programs and courses that prepare its students for college and future careers. The school offers many Advanced Placement courses including Biology, Chemistry, United States History, Government, English 11,English 12, and Calculus. Dual-enrollment classes are also offered through the nearby Virginia Highlands Community College(VHCC) in Abingdon. These courses include VHCC Calculus, VHCC Geology, and VHCC Computer Software. Furthermore, the A. Linwood Holton's Governor's school offers classes in western civilization, statistics, anatomy, world civilizations, and astronomy.
The school offers various student activities including athletics, band, chorus, One act theater, DECA, National Honor Society, Washington County Community Scholars, FFA, and a TSA chapter, as well as numerous other academic and service clubs. The school newspaper is the Talon, the yearbook is The Beacon, and the school's literary magazine is Wings.
Abingdon High School has won the Central Fidelity/Wachovia Cup in Group AA Academics 15 times which is a state record for most championships. Abingdon won 9 consecutive championships from 1990 to 1998. The Central Fidelity/Wachovia Cup, which was started in 1989, is awarded by the Virginia High School League.
Southwest Academic Conference
- Science: 2002, 2005, 2007
- Social Studies: 1995, 1996, 2002, 2009, 2011
- All Around: 2001
The Abingdon High School band performs both concert and marching seasons and holds the title of "The Mighty Falcon Marching Band". The band competes in several competitions during the fall season. One of their most recognized achievements is the "Papa Joe Smiddy" award, received in 2006 at the UVA Wise Marching Competition. The Band is currently under the direction of Mr. Gary Holley.
Under the direction of Jamie Eggleston as of 2015, the choir produces a high quality annual musical production along with several concerts. Members of the choir are consistently selected, through audition, to participate in all-county, all-district and all-state choirs.
- Scott Cooper (1988) – director and actor
- Rick Boucher (1964) – Representative to Congress for Virginia's 9th district
- Gail Harris – Former MLB player (New York Giants, Detroit Tigers)
- Doug Blevins (1981) – NFL kicking coach: Jets, Patriots, Miami Dolphins, and Minnesota Vikings
- VHSL Record Book
- Mountain Academic Competition Conference & Southwest Academic Competition Conference Archived July 14, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
- Main MACC/SWAC Page
- Ervin, Mike. "Kicking Coach Doug Blevins Creates Champions from his Chair". Abilities.com. Abilities.com. Retrieved 4 April 2016.