Flint Hill School

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Flint Hill School
Flint Hill Lower and Middle School Campus.jpg
Flint Hill Lower and Middle School Campus (left) and the Miller House administration building (right)
Address

3320 Jermantown Rd (Upper School campus)

10409 Academic Drive (Lower and Middle School campus)
Oakton, Virginia 22124
United States
Coordinates

38°52′12″N 77°19′10″W / 38.87000°N 77.31944°W / 38.87000; -77.31944Coordinates: 38°52′12″N 77°19′10″W / 38.87000°N 77.31944°W / 38.87000; -77.31944 (Upper School campus)

38°52′44″N 77°18′24″W / 38.87889°N 77.30667°W / 38.87889; -77.30667 (Lower and Middle School campus)
Information
School type Private Independent, day, college-preparatory
Established 1956
Founder Don Niklason
Headmaster John Thomas
Faculty 250
Grades JK–12
Gender Co-educational
Enrollment 1,097 (2017)
Color(s) Green & blue          
Athletics conference MAC, ISL
Mascot Husky
Newspaper The Flint Hill View
Yearbook Iditarod
Website

Flint Hill School, founded in 1956, is a private, co-educational, college preparatory school, in Oakton, Virginia, serving grades JK12. The school has separate upper and lower school campuses about a mile apart in Fairfax County, approximately 20 miles (32 km) from Washington, D.C.

History[edit]

Flint Hill School was founded in 1956[1] by Don Niklason as the Flint Hill Preparatory School, a co-educational day school with 18 students in grades K–8.[2]

The school's origins date back to the state of Virginia's resistance to the Supreme Court of the United States' 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision holding that racial segregation in public schools is unconstitutional. In 1956, the year of the school's founding, Virginia Senator Harry F. Byrd, Sr. declared a policy of Massive Resistance against compliance with Brown v. Board of Education,[3] and the Virginia Assembly enacted the Stanley plan, a package of thirteen statutes designed to ensure Virginia's public schools remained segregated.[4] In 1959 the Fairfax County School Board approved tuition grants for 60 students to attend private schools and thereby avoid desegregated public schools.[1] Of those initial grants, 44 went to students attending the Flint Hill School.[1] Fairfax County Public School Assistant Superintendent George Pope remarked to the Washington Post, "We've just about put that school in business."[1]

Students attended classes in the Miller House, an estate home belonging to the Francis Pickens Miller family. In 1986 Flint Hill purchased 13 acres (5.3 ha) of property several blocks away at the corner of Chain Bridge and Jermantown Road, and the Miller House was transported to the new campus,[5] where it now serves as an administrative building.

In 1990, the new academic building was only partially finished and funding for its completion was in doubt. A group of educational and civic leaders from Northern Virginia led by John T. Hazel, Jr., then acquired the school and reorganized it as a nonprofit independent day school. The 1990–91 academic year began on the new campus with 65 faculty members and an enrollment of 425 students, in grades K–12. By the late 1990s, with more than 700 students, there was a need to expand. In 1998 Flint Hill acquired parcels of property totaling 30 acres (12 ha) within one mile of the existing campus. Groundbreaking took place for the Upper School Campus in summer 2000 and classes began there in September 2001.

In 2010, Flint Hill introduced the 1:1 technology program, providing all students with Apple Inc. computers and tablets.[6] In 2011, it was named an "Apple Virginia Site School". In 2013 and 2015, it was recognized as an "Apple Distinguished School",[7] an award Apple gives to schools that "demonstrate Apple's vision for learning with technology".[8]

As of 2017, Flint Hill has two campuses with nearly 1,000 students and more than 200 faculty and staff members.[9][10]

Extracurricular activities[edit]

The Upper School has three continually published, on-campus student publications: The Flint Hill View (news, arts, sports, opinion, and editorial newspaper),[11] The Rough Draft (literary and arts magazine),[12] and The Iditarod (yearbook). Both middle and upper school students can take part in class government through the Student Council Association.[13][14]

Athletics[edit]

The school participates in the Independent School League (ISL) for girls' sports and the Mid-Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAC) for boys' sports.[15] There are 22 different sports, with 32 middle school and 35 upper school teams.[10]

Between 2007 and 2017 Flint Hill produced 165 college athletes with 83 of them going division 1.

Flint Hill's volleyball team has been ranked No. 1 in the country three times and went on a span of 44 wins before losing a match.[citation needed]

The Flint Hill basketball team was ranked No. 1 in the country by USA Today in 1987 in former NBA player Dennis Scott's senior season.[citation needed]

Championships[edit]

Boys' basketball:

  • VISAA Division I State Champions 1995
  • VISAA Division I State Semi-finalist 2005
  • MAC Champions: 1995, 1997, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011
  • MAC Tournament Champions: 2008, 2009, 2010
  • FH Tip-Off Tournament Champions: 2004, 2007, 2011, 2013

Football:

  • VISAA Division I State Champions: 2017
  • VISAA Division I State Finalist: 2008
  • VISAA Division I State Semi-finalist: 2006, 2007, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016
  • MAC Champions: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017

Boys' lacrosse:

  • VISAA Division II State Semi-finalist: 2007
  • VISAA Division I State Semi-finalist: 2009
  • MAC Champions: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2009, 2010
  • MAC Tournament Champions: 2008, 2010, 2014

Ice hockey:

  • Dominion Cup Champions: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015

Boys' soccer:

  • VISAA Division I State Semi-finalist: 2005, 2006, 2007
  • VISAA Division I State Finalist: 2014
  • MAC Champions: 1994, 2007, 2015, 2016
  • MAC Tournament Champions: 2014, 2015, 2016

Boys' tennis:

  • VISAA Division I State Champions: 2006, 2007, 2008
  • MAC Champions: 2006, 2008
  • MAC Tournament Champions: 2006, 2008

Golf:

  • MAC Champions: 1997, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016

Baseball:

  • MAC Champions: 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • MAC Tournament Champions: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014
  • VISAA Division I State Semi-finalist: 2013, 2014, 2016

Volleyball:

  • VISAA Division I State Champions: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 , 2017
  • VISAA Division I State Finalist: 2016
  • VISAA State Semi-finalist: 2005
  • ISL "A" Champions: 2005
  • ISL "AA" Champions: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • ISL "AA" Tournament Champions: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • DC Metro City Champions: 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • FH Invitational Tournament Champions: 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016
  • Washington Post No. 1 Ranking: 2009, 2010, 2014, 2017
  • Garden State Challenge Tournament Champions: 2017

Rivalry with The Potomac School[edit]

Flint Hill has a sports rivalry with The Potomac School in McLean, Virginia, dating to 1992 when both schools played at George Mason University for the first time and Flint Hill defeated Potomac in an overtime basketball victory.[16]

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Fairfax Approves Tuition Grants For 60 to Attend Private Schools". The Washington Post. 1959-09-20. Retrieved 2017-10-07. 
  2. ^ "Our History". Flint Hill School. Retrieved 2017-02-25. 
  3. ^ "The State Responds: Massive Reistance". Brown v. Board of Education: Virginia Responds. The Library of Virginia. Retrieved 2017-10-07. 
  4. ^ Gates, Robbins L. (1962). "Adoption of the Stanley Plan". The Making of Massive Resistance: Virginia's Politics of Public School Desegregation, 1954-1956. Chapel Hill, North Carolina: University of North Carolina Press. pp. 167–90. OCLC 245049. 
  5. ^ Lacy, Bridgette A. (1986-08-11). "Flint Hill School Moves Down the Road". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2017-06-28. 
  6. ^ "Technology". Flint Hill School. Retrieved 2017-02-25. 
  7. ^ "Flint Hill Receives Second Apple Distinguished School Recognition". Flint Hill School. Retrieved 2017-02-25. 
  8. ^ "Education - Apple Distinguished Schools". Apple. Retrieved 2017-02-25. 
  9. ^ "Explore Flint Hill School". Niche. Retrieved 2017-02-25. 
  10. ^ a b "At a Glance". Flint Hill School. Retrieved 2017-02-25. 
  11. ^ "The View". The View. Retrieved 2016-02-01. 
  12. ^ "Literary Magazine's "Rough Draft" Polished for Publication". Flint Hill School. 2012-05-10. Retrieved 2016-02-01. 
  13. ^ "Middle School: Student Life". Flint Hill School. Retrieved 2017-02-25. 
  14. ^ "Upper School: Student Life". Flint Hill School. Retrieved 2017-02-25. 
  15. ^ "Team Championships". Flint Hill School. Retrieved 2017-02-25. 
  16. ^ "Flint Hill and Potomac: A Rivalry Decades in the Making". The Patch. Oakton, Virginia. 2012-12-09. Retrieved 2017-02-25. 
  17. ^ "General John R. Allen - Retired". United States Marine Corps. Archived from the original on 7 December 2013. Retrieved 9 June 2013. 
  18. ^ "Justin Bonomo, Class of 2004 - Flint Hill School - Classmates". www.classmates.com. Retrieved 2017-02-25. 
  19. ^ "Randolph Childress '90". Flint Hill School. Retrieved 2017-02-25. 
  20. ^ a b c "Notable Alumni". www.flinthill.org. Retrieved 2017-02-25. 
  21. ^ Denlinger, Ken; Denlinger, Ken (1992-04-09). "Vetter still no member of the 'club'". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2017-02-25. 
  22. ^ "Her Excellency Lorena Castillo de Varela, First Lady of the Republic of Panama & UNAIDS Special Ambassador for AIDS in Latin America – Kailash Satyarthi Children's Foundation". laureatesandleaders.org. Retrieved 2017-02-25.