Bridgeport High School (West Virginia)
|Bridgeport High School|
|515 Johnson Ave
Bridgeport, West Virginia, Harrison County 26330
|School type||Public, high school|
|Founded||1963 (present location)|
|School district||Harrison County Schools|
|Superintendent||Dr. Mark Manchin|
|Color(s)||Red and White|
|Athletics conference||Big Ten Conference|
|Rival||Robert C. Byrd High School|
|Feeder schools||Bridgeport Middle School|
The current BHS building opened in 1963 and sits on a 22-acre (8.9 ha) campus. Since then, several major additions have been added to accommodate the increasing enrollment. The first addition was completed in 1992. The second addition, completes in 1997 and which included two state of the art computer labs. That brought the building to a total area of approximately 98,000 square feet (9,100 m2).
Awards and recognition
During the 2005–06 school year, Bridgeport High School was awarded the Blue Ribbon School Award of Excellence by the United States Department of Education, the highest award an American school can receive.
In academic competitions for the 2006–2007 school year, BHS took 1st (in some form) in State for Science Bowl, Quiz-Bowl and Scholastic Chess.
Bridgeport High School students come from a three-feeder school area. Johnson Elementary School and Bridgeport Middle School are located adjacent to BHS on a campus, and the third feeder is Simpson Elementary. Students enrolled in these four schools live in Bridgeport, Anmoore, and surrounding unincorporated areas, such as Quiet Dell, Johnstown, Maple Lake, Corbin Branch, Oral Lake, Brushy Fork, and Romines Mills.
Athletics and Academics
Bridgeport High School has a total 44 State Championships total, in Academics and Athletics, and 1 National Championship. 3 State Championships in Academics in Science Bowl, which also won Nationals, T.E.A.M.S (1) and in Quiz Bowl (1). 29 State Championships in Athletics in Football (9), Boys' Golf (5), Cheerleading (4), Girls' Swimming (3), Boys' Basketball (2), Baseball (4), Boys' Cross Country (2), Girls' Soccer (1), Girls' Basketball (1), Boys' Swimming (1), Girls' Tennis (1), Boys' Tennis (1) Boys' Track and Field (1) and Girls' Track and Field (2)
Bridgeport has also placed state runner up a total of 35 times.
The High School also participates in Softball, Danceline and Wrestling but are yet to win or place runner up in any of these sports.
|Bridgeport West Virginia State Championship History|
|Boys' Sports||State Titles||Girls' Sports||State Titles|
|Baseball||1993, 2000, 2014, 2015, 2016||Softball|
|Cross Country||2013, 2014||Cross Country|
|Golf||1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 2003||Cheerleading||1995, 1996, 1998, 2001|
|Football||1955, 1972, 1979, 1986, 1988, 2000, 2013, 2014, 2015||Volleyball|
|Swimming||2010||Swimming||1999, 2000, 2008|
|Track & Field||2014||Track & Field||2014, 2016|
|Boys' Total||25||Girls' Total||12|
|†Lacrosse is yet to be a sanctioned sport|
Boys' Track and Field (1):
Girls' Track and Field (2):
2015 (AA) - 39-0, Tolsia
2014 (AA) - 43-7, Frankfort
2013 (AA) - 14-13, Wayne
2000 (AA) - 14-6, Wayne
1988 (AA) - 29-28, Winfield (4OT)
1986 (AA) - 10-7, Tucker County
1979 (AAA) - 20-7, St. Albans
1972 (AAA) - 16-14, Dupont
1955 (A) - 39-13, Webster Springs
Quiz Bowl (1):
Boys' Cross Country (2):
Girls' Soccer (1):
2012 (AA) 3-2, Fairmont Senior
Girls' Basketball (1):
2013 (AA) 44-27, Westside
Boys' Swimming (1):
Girls' Swimming (3):
Science Bowl (2):
Boys' Basketball (2):
2001 (AA) - 68-57, Tug Valley
1993 (AA) - 59-50, Oceana
2016 (AA) 9-4, PikeView 2014 (AA) - 5-2, Independence
2000 (AA) - 7-2, Wyoming East
1993 (AA) - 11-4, Pineville
Girls' Tennis (1):
Boys' Tennis (1):
2010 (AAA) - 0-6, Nitro
1994 (AA) - 0-1, Wayne
1992 (AA) - 1-2, Wayne
Boys' Basketball (1):
1994 (AA) - 61-68, Oceana
Boys' Cross Country (1):
Girls' Basketball (1):
2012 (AAA) 47-52, Greenbrier East
2001 (AA) 7-21, Poca
Girls' Soccer (1):
2013 (AA) 0-1, Sissonville 2014 (AA) 0-5, Charleston Catholic
Boys' Swimming (5):
Girls' Swimming (2):
Boys' Tennis (1):
Girls' Tennis (1):
Girls' Track and Field (1):
Volleyball (1): 2016
The school was the subject of controversy over a print of artist Warner Sallman's portrait, Head of Christ, that has hung outside the principal's office since the 1970s. Two parents filed a lawsuit against the school in federal district court in Clarksburg, charging the principal, superintendent, and school board with endorsing Christianity over other religions. The parents were represented by the West Virginia chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union and Americans United for Separation of Church and State. The school board accepted an offer from the Alliance Defense Fund to represent the school board, superintendent and the principal of the high school.
The portrait was stolen from the school on August 17, 2006, after someone broke a window and snatched the picture. The person broke through a window located in the Tech Ed department of the building. The portrait had not been located and the perpetrators were not identified as of November 2006, despite fact that video surveillance footage, fingerprints and DNA evidence were identified at the scene.
On October 6, 2006, the Harrison County School District Board of Education agreed to drop their defense of the case and settle with the case with the ACLU. The settlement ensures that school officials will not restore the portrait or post any other unconstitutional pictures, paintings, posters or other items with religious content.
The school also gained national attention in February 2009 when a theater production of the High School version of the musical "Rent" was canceled due to homosexual content and other themes that families would not find appealing.
- Babe Barna, former Major League Baseball outfielder. 
- Nancy Jacobs, Maryland State Senator.
- Tim Lindsey, former long snapper for the Seattle Seahawks of the NFL
- Harrison Musgrave, baseball player
- 2006 Blue Ribbon Schools, accessed December 9, 2006
- CIBA cited as one of the best by Education Department Archived August 19, 2007, at the Wayback Machine., Journal Inquirer, November 16, 2006. "The Blue Ribbon award is given only to schools that reach the top 10 percent of their state's testing scores over several years or show significant gains in student achievement. It is considered the highest honor a school can achieve."
- Viers Mill School Wins Blue Ribbon; School Scored High on Statewide Test; The Washington Post, September 29, 2005. "For their accomplishments, all three schools this month earned the status of Blue Ribbon School, the highest honor the U.S. Education Department can bestow upon a school."
- "High School Teams from Connecticut and West Virginia Win DOE’s National Science Bowl Hydrogen Fuel Cell Model Car Challenge", United States Department of Energy press release dated April 30, 2007. Accessed October 17, 2007. "Teams of high school students from Edwin O. Smith High School in Storrs, Connecticut and Bridgeport High School in Bridgeport, West Virginia won first place in their events today at the annual U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Science Bowl Hydrogen Fuel Cell Model Car Challenge at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center."
- WV Lacrosse
- (PDF) http://science.energy.gov/~/media/wdts/nsb/pdf/2010_teams.pdf. Missing or empty
- ‘Why can’t other people respect my religion?’ - Queen: Battle over Jesus portrait about religious liberty, Times-West Virginian, August 20, 2006
- No arrests made three months after Jesus painting theft, Charleston Daily Mail, November 30, 2006
- W.Va. board abandons fight for Christ portrait, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, October 7, 2006.
- Americans United Succeeds In Challenge To Religious Display At West Virginia School: Watchdog Group Lauds School Officials For Agreeing Not To Display Picture Of Jesus Or Other Unconstitutional Religious Displays, Americans United for the Separation of Church and State press release dated October 6, 2006
- ACLU Calls Bridgeport High School Settlement a Victory For Freedom of Religion, American Civil Liberties Union of West Virginia, press release dated October 20, 2006
- Tamer ‘Rent’ Is Too Wild for Some Schools, New York Times, February 20, 2009.
- SABR Biography of Babe Barna, by Bill Nowlin
- Nancy Jacobs profile, Maryland Senate. Accessed June 21, 2007. "Born in Charleston, West Virginia, October 27, 1951. Attended Bridgeport High School; West Virginia University, B.S. (journalism & speech), 1973."
- Carey, Greg. "Musgrave's rehab going well after Tommy John surgery". Retrieved March 27, 2017.