Bridgeport High School (West Virginia)

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Bridgeport High School
515 Johnson Ave
Bridgeport, West Virginia, Harrison County 26330
United States
Coordinates 39°17′25″N 80°15′47″W / 39.29028°N 80.26306°W / 39.29028; -80.26306Coordinates: 39°17′25″N 80°15′47″W / 39.29028°N 80.26306°W / 39.29028; -80.26306
School type Public, high school
Motto Roll Tribe
Founded 1963 (present location)
School district Harrison County Schools
Superintendent Dr. Mark Manchin
Principal Mark DeFazio
Staff 65
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 724 (2015-2016)
Language English
Color(s)           Red and White
Athletics conference Big Ten Conference
Mascot Indians
Rival Robert C. Byrd High School
Feeder schools Bridgeport Middle School

Bridgeport High School is a comprehensive four-year public high school located in Bridgeport, West Virginia, in Harrison County that operates as part of the Harrison County School District.

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[edit]

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,[1] the highest award an American school can receive.[2][3]

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.

In 2007 the Science Bowl team won first place in the National Science Bowl Hydrogen Fuel Cell Model Car Challenge King of the Hill administered by the United States Department of Energy.[4]

During the 2007–2008 school year the school was ranked as the number one high school in the state of West Virginia by WV Report and had a total of 8 National Merit Scholars.[5]

Feeding pattern[edit]

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[edit]

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.

State Championships[edit]

Bridgeport West Virginia State Championship History[6][7][8]
Boys' Sports State Titles Girls' Sports State Titles
Baseball 1993, 2000, 2014, 2015, 2016 Softball
Basketball 1993, 2001 Basketball 2013
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
Soccer Soccer 2012
Swimming 2010 Swimming 1999, 2000, 2008
Tennis 2015 Tennis 1995
Track & Field 2014 Track & Field 2014, 2016
Wrestling Danceline
Boys' Total 25 Girls' Total 12
†Lacrosse is yet to be a sanctioned sport

Boys' Track and Field (1):

2014 (AA)

Girls' Track and Field (2):

2014 (AA)

2016 (AA)

Football (9):

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):

2013 (AA-A)
2014 (AA-A)

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):

2007 2010[9]

Golf (5):

2003 (AA)
1994 (AA-A)
1993 (AA-A)
1992 (AA-A)
1990 (AA-A)

Cheerleading (4):

2001 (AA)
1998 (AA)
1996 (AAA)
1995 (AA)

Boys' Basketball (2):

2001 (AA) - 68-57, Tug Valley
1993 (AA) - 59-50, Oceana

Baseball (4):

2016 (AA) 9-4, PikeView 2014 (AA) - 5-2, Independence
2000 (AA) - 7-2, Wyoming East
1993 (AA) - 11-4, Pineville

Girls' Tennis (1):

1995 (AA-A)

Boys' Tennis (1):

2015 (AA)

Runner's Up[edit]

Baseball (3):

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):

2015 (AA-A)

Girls' Basketball (1):

2012 (AAA) 47-52, Greenbrier East

Cheerleading (11):

2014 (AA)
2013 (AA)
2007 (AAA)
2006 (AAA)
1999 (AA)
1997 (AA)
1995 (AA)
1994 (AA)
1993 (AA)
1992 (AA)
1991 (AA)
1990 (AA-A)

Football (1):

2001 (AA) 7-21, Poca

Golf (3):

1989 (AA-A)
1988 (AA-A)
2014 (AA)

Girls' Soccer (1):

2013 (AA) 0-1, Sissonville 2014 (AA) 0-5, Charleston Catholic

Boys' Swimming (5):


Girls' Swimming (2):


Boys' Tennis (1):

2013 (AA)

Girls' Tennis (1):

2013 (AA)

Girls' Track and Field (1):

2013 (AA)
2015 (AA)

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.[10]

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.[11]

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.[12][13][14]

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.[15]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ 2006 Blue Ribbon Schools, accessed December 9, 2006
  2. ^ 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."
  3. ^ 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."
  4. ^ "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."
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  6. ^ WVSSAC
  7. ^ WV Lacrosse
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  10. ^ ‘Why can’t other people respect my religion?’ - Queen: Battle over Jesus portrait about religious liberty, Times-West Virginian, August 20, 2006
  11. ^ No arrests made three months after Jesus painting theft, Charleston Daily Mail, November 30, 2006
  12. ^ W.Va. board abandons fight for Christ portrait, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, October 7, 2006.
  13. ^ 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
  14. ^ 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
  15. ^ Tamer ‘Rent’ Is Too Wild for Some Schools, New York Times, February 20, 2009.
  16. ^ SABR Biography of Babe Barna, by Bill Nowlin
  17. ^ 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."
  18. ^ Carey, Greg. "Musgrave's rehab going well after Tommy John surgery". Retrieved March 27, 2017. 

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