Charlottesville High School

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Charlottesville High School
1400 Melbourne Road


United States
Coordinates38°3′8″N 78°28′34″W / 38.05222°N 78.47611°W / 38.05222; -78.47611Coordinates: 38°3′8″N 78°28′34″W / 38.05222°N 78.47611°W / 38.05222; -78.47611
MottoEmbrace Diversity and Inspire Dreams[citation needed]
School districtCharlottesville City Schools
SuperintendentRosa S. Atkins
CEEB code470423
PrincipalEric Irizarry[1]
Teaching staff101.22 (FTE)[2]
Enrolment1,196[2] (2018-2019)
Color(s)    Orange and black
Athletics conferenceJefferson District
AA Region II
Virginia High School League
SportsBaseball, basketball (boys and girls), competition cheerleading, cross country (boys and girls), field hockey, football, golf (boys and girls), indoor track (boys and girls), lacrosse (boys and girls), outdoor track and field (boys and girls), sideline cheerleading, soccer (boys and girls), softball, swimming and diving (boys and girls), tennis (boys and girls), volleyball (girls), wrestling[3]
MascotBlack Knight
NewspaperThe Knight Time Review
YearbookCHS Chain
WebsiteCHS website

Charlottesville High School is a public high school in the independent city of Charlottesville, Virginia, serving students from 9th to 12th grade. It is a part of Charlottesville City Schools.

It is the second largest high school in the region with a student population of approximately 1,200. The school grounds include a memorial garden, a running track, ballfields, landscaped courtyards and the Martin Luther King Jr. Performing Arts Center (or "MLK PAC"). Across Melbourne Road lies Theodose Stadium, which doubles as the field hockey stadium during the fall, and soccer and lacrosse stadium during the Spring season.

University Gardens, a University of Virginia family housing unit, is zoned to Charlottesville High School.[4][5][6]


Charlottesville High School was founded by John Cunningham in 1904 and was built in 1974 because the Lane High School building had become too small to accommodate all students within the city limits. Lane High school saw its last graduating class in June, 1974. CHS opened its doors in September, 1974. The new school inherited their school colors (black & orange) as well as their mascot (the Black Knight) from the former high school. Lane High School was never demolished and is now the Albemarle County office building. Charlottesville High School's sports complex was still located on the grounds of the Lane High School building until the 1980s, when it was moved to a site across the street from CHS. During the last 20 years of the 20th century, CHS has had some major additions including a new gym facility and a large auditorium.

Renovations started in 2004, lasting two years, and included a fresh coat of paint[citation needed], updated class rooms, larger and modern restroom facilities, updated ventilation systems, new lockers[citation needed], and new, asbestos-free floor tile.


CHS has many athletic programs, ranging from football to tennis, track and field to field hockey. Recent highlights include soccer (boys') winning a state championship in 2004.[citation needed] Charlottesville high school boys soccer won the state championships in 2019

Performing arts[edit]

In 1984, the 1,276-seat Performing Arts Center of Charlottesville (PAC) was built to address both the shortage of auditorium space for the high school as well as the area's need for a large venue to accommodate professional touring performances, such as the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Russian Ballet, and the Charlottesville performance of A Prairie Home Companion. In the fall of 2005, Charlottesville City Council decided to rechristen the Performing Arts Center of Charlottesville as "The Martin Luther King Jr. Performing Arts Center of Charlottesville" (MLK PAC), in order to honor the civil rights activist.[7] Sixty dates during the school year are reserved for school-sponsored events such as assemblies and the school's performing arts program.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "CHS Names Dr. Eric Irizarry as CHS Principal". Charlottesville Tomorrow. 25 May 2016. Retrieved 5 August 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Charlottesville High". School Directory Information. National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved 9 February 2021.
  3. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-18. Retrieved 2008-11-18.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "University Garden Area Archived September 23, 2016, at the Wayback Machine." University of Virginia. Retrieved on October 7, 2011.
  5. ^ "Map courtesy of City of Charlottesville Neighborhood Development Services March 2011 Archived January 13, 2012, at the Wayback Machine." Charlottesville City Schools. Retrieved on October 7, 2011.
  6. ^ "Zones by Street Archived January 13, 2012, at the Wayback Machine." Charlottesville City Schools. Retrieved on October 7, 2011.
  7. ^ Jaquith, Waldo. "School Boards Approves Naming CPAC After MLK".
  8. ^ [1] Archived December 28, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ [2]
  10. ^ Mora, Christina (2008-10-06). "Boyd Tinsley Donates to CHS Orchestra, Tennis and Academics". NBC 29. Retrieved 2008-10-19.

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