Alleghany High School (Virginia)

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Alleghany High School
Alleghany High School Seal.png
210 Mountaineer Drive


United States
Coordinates37°47′19.2″N 79°54′32.6″W / 37.788667°N 79.909056°W / 37.788667; -79.909056Coordinates: 37°47′19.2″N 79°54′32.6″W / 37.788667°N 79.909056°W / 37.788667; -79.909056
School typePublic, high school
Established1983 (merged with Clifton Forge High School)
School districtAlleghany County Public Schools
SuperintendentMr. Eugene P. Kotulka
PrincipalDwayne Ross
Enrollment754 (2016-17)[1] Fast facts on Alleghany County Public Schools</ref>
Color(s)               Red, White, Columbia Blue
Athletics conferenceConference 31
3A West Region
Three Rivers District
RivalsCovington High School

Alleghany High School is a public secondary school in Alleghany County, VA, United States. It is part of Alleghany County Public Schools and is located at 210 Mountaineer Drive. Though the school has a Covington mailing address, it is actually about four miles east of Covington City, about two miles west of Low Moor, and roughly 9 miles from Clifton Forge


Alleghany High School's current building opened in 1963 as Alleghany County High School. The school's colors were red, white, and Columbia blue, and the mascot was known as the Colt.

In 1983, Clifton Forge High School, located in nearby Clifton Forge closed down, and students from there were consolidated with ACHS forming the current Alleghany High School. Also as a result of the consolidation, Alleghany's mascot changed to the Mountaineer, as this was the mascot of the former Clifton Forge High School. The school's colors remained the same.

In 1985, the school building was severely flooded, with multiple feet of water pooling in some areas. The damage was immense but the building was renovated later that year. The school has not flooded as badly since then, though water has formed puddles in certain areas more recently.

In 2005, the Alleghany County School Board began holding meetings with the public and also started negotiations with contractors about the possibility of building a new Alleghany High School building. The current high school is located on top of a floodplain which has narrowly escaped flooding in recent years, and current resources at Alleghany are strained.[2]


During the 2014-2015 school year, Alleghany High School's student body contained 10.2% minority students.[3] This follows a generally increasing trend of minorities from the 2004 rate of 7.8%.[4]


Alleghany High School offers a variety of classes in all the main four core subject areas of English, Math, Science and Social Studies. Each subject includes different levels (B, A, Honors, AP, and DE), depending on grade level and class. The credit requirements for a standard diploma are 22 standard credits and 6 verified credits. Advanced diploma credit requirements are 26 or more standard credits and 9 verified credits. Foreign Language class credits are not required for a standard diploma.

Alleghany High School also offers classes through the Jackson River Technical Center, Jackson River Governor's School, and Dabney S. Lancaster Community College.

The school is accredited by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) in the Standards of Learning tests in Virginia in English, History, and Science. However, the school is accredited with warning in Math due to scores below the VDOE standards.[5] The average SAT scores for the high school often hover in the upper-400s and lower-500s.[3]


The sports teams currently compete in post-season competition in the VHSL Conference 31 and 3A West Region. Regular season competition may include teams from the Three Rivers District.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Alleghany High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved March 6, 2019.
  2. ^ "Study to Explore the Feasibility of a Merger/Consolidation" (PDF). Summer 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-11-14. Retrieved 2013-09-12.
  3. ^ a b Fast facts on Alleghany County Public Schools
  4. ^ "Fast facts on Alleghany County Public Schools" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-05-27. Retrieved 2015-05-27.
  5. ^ "School Accreditation Ratings". Accreditation and Federal Reports. Virginia Department of Education. Retrieved December 31, 2017.

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