Denbigh High School (Newport News, Virginia)

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Denbigh High School

259 Denbigh Boulevard
Newport News, Virginia 23608

37°07′34″N 76°32′53″W / 37.12611°N 76.54806°W / 37.12611; -76.54806Coordinates: 37°07′34″N 76°32′53″W / 37.12611°N 76.54806°W / 37.12611; -76.54806
School type Public high school
Founded 1966
School district Newport News Public Schools
Superintendent Dr. Ashby Kilgore
Director Dr. Aaron Smith (Aviation Academy)
Principal Dr. Eleanor Blowe
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 1,510 [1] (October 2009)
Language English
Campus Suburban
Color(s)                Red, White, and Blue
Athletics conference Virginia High School League
Peninsula District
Eastern Region
Mascot Patriots
Rival Woodside High School
Menchville High School

Denbigh High School is a high school in Newport News, Virginia. Denbigh carries grades nine through twelve and has an enrollment of approximately 1,500 students. This school was rated "Fully Accredited" by the Virginia Department of Education for the 2005-2006 school year. Denbigh is the only host to the Aviation program in all of Newport News Public Schools.

Denbigh High school is represented by their mascot, the Patriot. Recently the known mascot picture of the Patriot was changed to a star with 'Patriots' across it. Rumors of possibly changing from the 'Patriots' and adapting a different mascot have been circulating, but nothing has been confirmed. Their colors are red, white, and blue. It also has top rated sports teams throughout the region. This school was opened in the fall of 1965 with grades 8-11 and the Junior class of that year became the first Senior class the following year. The class of 1970 was the first class to go through all five years at Denbigh. For a time Newport News had 5 year high schools and Denbigh (the northernmost of the cities high schools) had 8-12th grades. The class of 1968 presented, as a memorial, a step from the first Denbigh school.

The Denbigh area of Newport News is named for the market town and community in Denbighshire, Wales.

Denbigh is also one of two sites in Newport News that hosts SAT testing, and also hosts the ACT testing.

Denbigh High School and other NNPS have a Telecommunications Program. It allows interested student to go out and shoot live football and basketball games. Students experience reporting, producing, camera work, editing etc. The choral and band programs have won numerous awards in local, regional, state, and national competitions.



Category Enrollment Percentage
Total Enrollment 1560 100%
Male 678 43.4%
Female 883 56.6%
Native American 22 1.4%
Asian/Pacific Islander 74 4.7%
Black 842 54.0%
Hispanic 137 8.8%
White 485 31.1%
European 19 1.4%
Special Education 161 10.3%
Talented and Gifted 117 7.5%
Economically Disadvantaged 527 33.8%

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Newport News Public Schools Demographic Snapshot" (PDF). Newport News Public Schools. Retrieved 2009-11-06. 
  2. ^ Wood, Norm (May 5, 2012), "Antoine Bethea returns to where it all started at Denbigh High", Daily Press
  3. ^ Nicholson, David (2007-04-25). "Les Smith Resigns From WAVY News 10". Newport News, Virginia: Daily Press. p. A2. 
  4. ^ "Lower Peninsula Hall of Fame will induct Mike Tomlin, Aaron Brooks, 4 others", Daily Press
  5. ^ (November 14, 1993), "Towson's Vinson Sets Mark", Daily Press
  6. ^ McDonald, Sam (2007-08-31). "Denbigh Grad Jams With Steve Miller". Newport News, Virginia: Daily Press. p. D3. 
  7. ^ McDonald, Sam (February 21, 2000) "High Profile: Victor Wooten", Daily Press
  8. ^ Holtzclaw, Mike (July 24, 2014), "Guitarist Robert Cray still has the blues", Daily Press

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