Douglas S. Freeman High School
|Douglas S. Freeman High School|
8701 Three Chopt Road|
Henrico, Virginia 23229
|School type||Public high school|
|School district||Henrico County Public Schools|
|Principal||Andrew P. Mey|
|Color(s)||Blue and gray|
|Literary magazine||The Educator|
Mills E. Godwin High School|
Deep Run High School
Virginia High School League|
5A South Region
Part of Henrico County Public Schools system, the institution is named for Pulitzer Prize-winning Virginia author, newspaper editor, historian and pioneering radio broadcaster Douglas Southall Freeman (1886–1953). It opened in 1954, slightly more than one year after Freeman's death.
The principal of the school is Andrew P. Mey.
Henrico County runs a system in which each high school contains a specialty center, a separate but integrated entity within the school that functions as a magnet program. The centers offer advanced courses to students who have clear interests and specific educational and/or career goals. Douglas Freeman High School's center is the Center for Leadership, Government and Global Economics, led by Robert Peck.
Freeman is a member of the Virginia High School League. It competes in the 5A Central Region and 5A Colonial District. The school colors are blue and gray and the teams are nicknamed the "Rebels". The colors and mascot were devised as a tribute to Douglas Freeman's extensive study of the Civil War.
Virginia High School League AAA State Championship teams
- Boys' cross country: 1969, 2014
- Girls' cross country: 1999
- Football: 1967 (shared title with Annandale and Princess Anne)
- Golf: 1963
- Softball: 1980
- Boys' tennis: 1982, 1985, 1989, 2001
- Girls' tennis: 1983
- Boys' outdoor track: 1970
- Girls' volleyball: 2005
The boys' volleyball team were VHSL AAA State semi-finalists in 2011 and 2012. The girls' soccer team was in the state tournament in 2013. The baseball team won the last ever Central Region championship in 2013, and as a result advanced to the state tournament.
The school publishes a newspaper (The Commentator), a literary magazine (The Educator), and a yearbook (The Historian).
Douglas Freeman High School was mentioned in a Washington Post article referring to the school's revival of the historic "Rebel Man" mascot.
- John Aboud — founder of Modern Humorist, and commentator on VH1's Best Week Ever
- Kevin Aviance — dance music artist and performer
- Steve Bassett — co-author of Virginia's popular state song (with Robbin Thompson)
- Peter Hamby — head of News at Snapchat; former CNN political correspondent
- Bill Leverty — guitarist for the American rock band Firehouse
- Bernard Siegel — founder and Executive Director of the Genetics Policy Institute
- Tommy Siegel — guitarist and vocalist in pop band Jukebox the Ghost
- Barty Smith — player for NFL's Green Bay Packers (1974–1981); member of the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame Class of 1999
- Ellen Spiro — award-winning documentary filmmaker; class of 1982
- Waleed Suliman — award-winning boys' cross-country runner; class of 2017
- Constance Wu — actress, Fresh Off the Boat
- Elliott Yamin — third-place finisher on the fifth season of the TV show American Idol; was a student at Freeman High but never graduated
In popular culture
James E. Ryan's book Five Miles Away, A World Apart: One City, Two Schools, and the Story of Educational Opportunity in Modern America explores the issue of economic school segregation by comparing Freeman to nearby Thomas Jefferson High School, located in the city of Richmond. Arguing for more freedom in school choice, Ryan cites findings that "high-poverty" schools (like Thomas Jefferson) consistently under-perform "low-poverty" schools (like Freeman) academically, regardless of the financial resources allocated to them. He concludes: "The truth is that separating the poor and politically powerless in their own schools and districts is antithetical to the idea of equal educational opportunity."
- Douglas S. Freeman High School Homepage Archived December 4, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
- Henrico County High School Information.
- Douglas S. Freeman High School Information.
- Brunswick County Taps Pruden as Superintendent
- Henrico County School System Organization.
- Henrico County Specialty Center Information Archived 2014-02-25 at the Wayback Machine.
- Virginia High School League School Bios.
- Virginia High School League Record Book
- "In Richmond, students seek to revive 'Rebel' mascot". Washington Post. 27 July 2014. Retrieved 26 May 2016.
- Class of 1999 VSHF Inductee Page-Barty Smith.
- "Freeman's Waleed Suliman running toward bright future". Richmond Times-Dispatch. Retrieved 26 May 2016.
- Entertainment Weekly Q&A with Elliot Yamin.
- Richmondmagazine.com Elliot Yamin Article.
- Kahlenberg, Richard. "The Nixon-Obama Compromise".