Gate City High School
|Gate City High School|
178 Harry Fry Drive
|School type||Public, high school|
|School district||Scott County Schools|
|Hours in school day||7 (8:25-3:22)|
|Campus size||24 acres (97,000 m2)|
|School colour(s)||Blue and White|
|Fight song||Notre Dame Victory March|
|Athletics||Soccer, Football, Golf, Volleyball, Cross-Country, Basketball, Baseball, Softball, Girls' and Boys' Tennis, Track, Soccer|
|Athletics conference||Clinch Mountain District
|Rival||Virginia High Bearcats|
|Newspaper||Virginia Star http://www.virginiastar.net/|
Gate City offers a variety of sports programs. The school colors are Blue and White and the mascot is the Blue Devil, which comes from a sheriff who left town claiming that it was filled with nothing but "Yankee Devils." Gate City also competes in Soccer, Track and Field, Cross Country, Forensics, Speech and Drama, and Academic competitions.
The girls' basketball team won a state championship in 2006 and were also state runner-up in 2005, 2012, and 2014. The boys' team was also state runner-up for the 1998-1999, 2006-2007, 2007–2008, and 2012-13 seasons. The boys' team also won the Marshall Johnson Sportsmanship Award for the 2004-2005 season.
Gate City won state championships in football in 1970, 1974, 1997, 2003, and 2010. Gate City was also state runners-up in 1978, 1994, and 2007. Gate City is second only to Hampton High School for the most appearances in the VHSL State Playoffs. Gate City has appeared in the playoffs 30 times while Hampton High School has appeared 35 times. Gate City currently has three VHSL Hall of Fame inductees: Coach Harry Fry in 1991, Coach Nick Colobro in 2005, and football player Jeff Baker in 1995.
2010 Football Schedule:
|09/03||@ Tazewell||W 41-0|
|09/10||@ Sullivan South||W 31-28|
|10/01||@ Bluefield||L 0-21|
|10/08||John S. Battle*||W 48-7|
|10/15||@ Virginia High*||W 42-13|
|10/22||Powell Valley||W 44-7|
|10/29||@ Lee*||W 33-7|
- Notifies District Game
Gate City was the 2010 Clinch Mountain District Champions, winning the district for the third straight year. The district championship automatically qualified the Blue Devils for the 2010 VHSL Playoffs. Gate City won the Region D championship easily by defeating Coeburn High School 56-0 and Honaker High School 53-6. They defeated Radford High School 27-17 to advance to their seventh state championship appearance. They faced the Gretna High School Hawks, who, in 2007, defeated Gate City in the state championship 52-0. Gate City defeated Gretna 27-17 to win their fifth state championship in school history.
|12/04||@ Radford°||W 27-17|
|12/11||Gretna High School‽||W 27-17|
- Notifies Region D Semifinals
† Notifies Region D Championship played at UVA Wise ° Notifies VHSL State Semifinal played at Radford High School ‽ Notifies VHSL State Championship played in Salem, Virginia
Gate City holds the 2002 and 2005 state championships in softball.
The school won the 2004, 2005, 2008,2009,2013 and 2014 State Championships in volleyball.
Pre-game prayer controversy
In 2009 the American Civil Liberties Union sent a letter to the school objecting to a Christian prayer having been read over the public address system before a football game. The principal, Greg Ervin, said that a student had read the prayer on her own initiative in response to the death of a student. Students then planned to protest the ACLU's position by wearing T-shirts reading "We're still praying in Jesus' Name" to a subsequent game, and the ACLU endorsed their right to do so.
- "Group A Division Play Power Point Presentation - VHSL" (PDF).
- VHSL Record Book 14th Edition
- http://scott.k12.va.us/gchsfootball/yearpages/1978.htm http://scott.k12.va.us/gchsfootball/yearpages/1994.htm
- Dent, Bucky. "STATE CHAMPIONS: Gate City Takes VHSL Group A Boys Team Title". Bristol, VA: Bristol Herald Courier. Retrieved 2008-06-08.
- Gregory, Allen. "BOYS TENNIS: Gate City Captures Group A Team Title". Bristol, VA: Bristol Herald Courier. Retrieved 2009-06-09.
- Morabito, Nate. "ACLU: Prayer Held Before Gate City-Sullivan South Football Game Unconstitutional". Bristol Herald-Courier. September 17, 2009, updated December 27, 2012.
- Brickley, Adam. "ACLU Says It Supports the Right of Students at Va. School to Protest -- Against the ACLU". CNS News, October 1, 2009.