Falls Church High School

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Falls Church High School
Falls Church High School 2009 Front.jpg
Falls Church High School is located in Northern Virginia
Falls Church High School
Falls Church High School
Falls Church High School is located in Virginia
Falls Church High School
Falls Church High School
Falls Church High School is located in the US
Falls Church High School
Falls Church High School
7521 Jaguar Trail
West Falls Church, Virginia 22042
Coordinates 38°51′43.89″N 77°12′23.96″W / 38.8621917°N 77.2066556°W / 38.8621917; -77.2066556Coordinates: 38°51′43.89″N 77°12′23.96″W / 38.8621917°N 77.2066556°W / 38.8621917; -77.2066556
School type Public, high school
Founded 1945,[1] 1967 (relocated)
School district Fairfax County Public Schools
Principal Michael Yohe
Staff 207
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 1,458[2] (2012-13)
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Green, White and Gold (alternate)             
Athletics conference
Mascot Jaguars
Feeder schools Jackson Middle School, Poe Middle School

Falls Church High School (FCHS) is a high school located in West Falls Church, unincorporated Fairfax County, Virginia.[3] While the school has a Falls Church, Virginia mailing address, the school does not serve the City of Falls Church, which is served by George Mason High School. Principal Mike Yohe served two years as assistant principal for FCHS before being promoted to his current position during the summer of 2013 upon the departure of former principal Cathy Benner. The school serves grades 9 through 12. It was relocated from its former site in downtown Falls Church to this address in 1967. Falls Church High's school motto is "Building on Our Success". The mascot for the school is a Jaguar. The school colors are dark green and white.[4]


Falls Church's student body in 2012-2013 is 22.14% White (Not Hispanic); 8.36% Black (Not Hispanic); 43.92% Hispanic; 22.44% Asian.[5]


The school was formerly in the city of Falls Church on Cherry Street. Then moved to current location on Jaguar Trail, formerly Whittier Intermediate School. It is located off Arlington Boulevard, near Kingsley Commons, formerly Jefferson Village Apartments, and Loehmann's Plaza Shopping Center and other apartments which were previously a private airport, unincorporated Fairfax County, Virginia.[citation needed]


Dr. Ben Nowak is the Principal of Falls Church High School.

Test scores[edit]

Falls Church High School is fully accredited based on its Virginia Standards of Learning test performance. The school was listed as the 603rd best high school in America by U.S. News & World Report in 2013.[6]

Recent history[edit]

On December 5, 2006, Falls Church High School was named a National Demonstration Site for the elective class Advancement Via Individual Determination, (AVID).[7] Falls Church is one of only two schools in Fairfax county that have a full four-year AVID program. Lynne Cheney, author, scholar, former talk-show host, and former Vice President Dick Cheney was the guest commencement speaker for the class of 2004 at the inaugural graduation ceremony held at the George Mason University Patriot Center. On June 1, 2007, at the Jaguars' graduation at the Patriot Center, on the campus of George Mason University, Ben Affleck made a special appearance as the guest speaker thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. With the start of the 2010-2011 school year, Falls Church gained some of Annandale High School's population as the result of the Annandale Border Control Force (ABCF) and their actions.[8] In the winter of 2010, two students qualified for the state Intel science fair: Junior Amanda Harbison and sophomore Maggie Cullather.

Extracurricular activities[edit]


The FCHS Marching Jags were named honor band in 2006. They also won a superior rating in 2008, with their show "Music of the Police" and another superior rating in 2009 concert festival with their playing of selections titled "True Blue March" "Chant and Jubilo" and closing with "Dominion in the Sky". Having won a superior rating at states in both marching and concert they earned the title of Honor Band for the first time in 55 years.


During the 2009 football season, The Jaguars maintained a 5-5 record, led by varsity quarterback Ajay Kashyap, during the regular season.[9] The high note of the season was during week seven when the Jaguars upset the AAA National District powerhouse Thomas A. Edison High School (Fairfax County, Virginia) Eagles 16-14. This was the Jaguars' first win over the Eagles since 1998 and the Eagles' first AAA National District loss since 2005. The Jaguars also won their homecoming against the Mount Vernon High School Majors 42-32 and also the Bell Game against rival J. E. B. Stuart High School 42-20. During the season, Senior Running back Marcus Hughes rushed for a region high 1741 yards on 245 carries averaging 7.2 Yards per carry and 19 touchdowns.[10] During the 2013 season, the Jaguars are already off to a 6-2 start, guaranteeing a spot in the play offs. The Jaguars have not made it to the playoffs in the last century, nor have they had a winning record in many years. The Jaguars defeated Annandale at Annandale 43-27; defeated Thomas Jefferson 43-14; defeated Mclean in the 1st Annual Mosaic Bowl 28-21 with a trick play in the last 30 seconds (Also known as the Mosaic Miracle); defeated Wakefield 37-15; defeated Mount Vernon 49-17; and defeated Edison at Edison's Homecoming Game 49-26. This year the Jaguars played Mount Vernon for their homecoming game and won. The Jaguars have also been receiving a lot of attention in the news (WUSA Channel 9, Fox 5 News, and ABC 7 News) and also by newspapers and reporters (Washington Post.) Also, many online polls have been won with the help of the FCHS Hype Squad, "The Jungle". In 2013, the Jags won the Bell Game vs Stuart 35-13. In the playoffs the Jaguars played Ablemarle High School from Charlotteville at home. The Jags won 24-23 by a missed field goal from Ablemarle within the last few minutes of the game. The Jags then advanced to the second round of playoffs away at Massaponax down in Fredericksburg.


During the 2010 cheer season, the Jaguars won district championship and went to regionals. In 2011 cheer season, the Jaguars were runners up for district. Both seasons with head coach Eliza Kirchner.

In 2013, the Jaguars competed in Conference 13 and received 1st place in all preliminary rounds. The Jaguars won conference 13 championship and went to regionals.

In 2014 the Jags competed in Conference 13 and came in 1st in semi finals but fell short to J.E.B. Stuart, who placed second, and Mount Vernon, who placed first. The Jags went on to compete in regionals where they placed fifth.

In 2015 the Falls Church High School Varsity Cheerleading team competed in the Conference 13 Cheerleading Semi Finals where they came 1st and in finals where they retained their standing and placed 1st to move on to regionals. They defeated long term rivals the J.E.B. Stuart Cheerleading team who placed 6th.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "ZZ-FC015 Jefferson Institute". Commonwealth of Virginia Historical Markers. Archived from the original on 2007-07-15. Retrieved 2007-06-30. 
  2. ^ "Falls Church HS School Profile". 
  3. ^ "Falls Church CDP, Virginia." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on October 21, 2009.
  4. ^ http://www.fcps.edu/FallsChurchHS/schoolhistory/index.html
  5. ^ "Falls Church High School Profile". 
  6. ^ "Best High Schools". 
  7. ^ FCPS - News Releases
  8. ^ Glod, Maria (June 1, 2007). "For Classes of '07, Star-Powered Send-Offs". The Washington Post. Retrieved May 2, 2010. 
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