Deep Creek High School

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Deep Creek High School
2900 Margaret Booker Drive
Chesapeake, Virginia 23323
United States
Coordinates 36°45′15″N 76°21′08″W / 36.75409°N 76.35234°W / 36.75409; -76.35234Coordinates: 36°45′15″N 76°21′08″W / 36.75409°N 76.35234°W / 36.75409; -76.35234
School type Public high school
Motto "Where Pride Runs Deep"
Founded 1908
School district Chesapeake City Public Schools
Superintendent Dr. James T. Roberts
Principal Ms. Page Bagley
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1,418 (2013-2014)
Language English
Color(s) Purple and White         
Athletics conference Virginia High School League
AAA Eastern Region
Southeastern District
Nickname Hornets
Rival Great Bridge High School
Western Branch High School Grassfield High School Indian River High School

Deep Creek High School is a public secondary school in Chesapeake, Virginia. It is part of Chesapeake City Public Schools and is located on 2900 Margaret Booker Drive.


In 1845, Norfolk County, Virginia constructed the first public school in Deep Creek, Virginia. It was the second school to be constructed in Norfolk County from funds provided by the General Assembly for public education. The one-room school was across from the present day Deep Creek Intermediate School. The school was closed and destroyed by federal troops during the Civil War.

In 1870, a school was erected on Old Gilmerton Road. Several years later, a one-room school facing Galberry Road behind and adjacent to Flemming's Store was constructed. In 1897, a wing was added to separately house the older students. In 1908, the legislature provided funds for the construction of a one-story brick school on the site of the previous intermediate school. Schools from the outlying areas were consolidated and students from St. Juliens Creek, Millsville, Grassfield, and Gilmerton were transported by horse-drawn school buses to Deep Creek School.

In 1910, a two-story brick building was constructed on the site of the intermediate school. The first class of seniors was graduated from Deep Creek High School in 1911. Building additions were made in 1923, 1947, and 1952. In 1955, Deep Creek High School was separated from Deep Creek School by the construction of a million dollar secondary building to house grades 7-12 on Deal Drive.

In the 1940s, with the assistance of the Rosenwald Fund, a four-room elementary school was built for black students in the Deep Creek borough. Black students from Deep Creek attended Providence High School in South Norfolk, which later became incorporated into Carver High School and Gilmerton High School. Both schools later became incorporated into Crestwood High School when it opened in 1954. The black elementary schools in Grassfield, Deep Creek, and Millsville were consolidated in the 1950s and were housed in Central Elementary School on Shipyard Road.

In 1963, Deep Creek High School became part of the newly formed Chesapeake School System, which resulted from a merger of Norfolk County and the City of South Norfolk. In 1966, grades 7-8 were shifted from the high school to the junior high, which is today's SECEP school. In 1979, due to large increases in enrollment at the high school and junior high school, the high school building on Deal Drive was redesignated a junior high school and a $7 million high school on Margaret Booker Drive was constructed to house grades 10-12.

The modern, efficient facility has been in use for more than thirty years. Academic classrooms, vocational training areas, corridors, gymnasium, media center, computer laboratory, and the commons area are well designed for the purposes they serve. The school was expanded in 1990 with a new wing serving the Math, Science and Foreign Language departments. The space was needed due to the addition of the ninth grade. In the summer of 1998, the school was expanded again to accommodate an enrollment of approximately 2,000 students. This new expansion includes improvements to the library, gymnasium, and classrooms for Science, Special Education, Art, and Vocational programs.

In 2011, Deep Creek High School was designated as a Science and Medicine Academy. Students from all over Chesapeake desiring to pursue a career in the medicine can enroll. The four-year program is designed to allow students to begin gaining the knowledge needed to be successful in medical school. Students earn college credits and real-world experience in an array of science and medical subjects.

Athletics and extracurricular activities[edit]

The mascot is a hornet and the sports teams currently play in the AAA Southeastern District of the AAA Eastern Region.

State championships and appearances[edit]

Deep Creek has been particularly known for their track and field program which has won state championships in 1995, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2007.

Because of the building of Grassfield High School, many of the track stars have been rezoned and will now compete against Deep Creek High for state championships.

In 2004, the Men's Volleyball Team completed an undefeated regular season in the Southeastern District and advanced to the State Tournament for the first time in school history.

In 2015, the Ladies Varsity Softball Team won their second consecutive Conference 17 Championship as well as their first 4A South Regional Championship. They played in their first ever Virginia State Tournament. Unfortunately they fell in the semi-final round, finishing their best ever season with a 25-4 record.

Notable alumni[edit]


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