Gate City High School

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Gate City High School
178 Harry Fry Drive
Gate City, Virginia, Scott 24251
United States
Coordinates 36°38′24.2″N 82°34′10.9″W / 36.640056°N 82.569694°W / 36.640056; -82.569694Coordinates: 36°38′24.2″N 82°34′10.9″W / 36.640056°N 82.569694°W / 36.640056; -82.569694
School type Public, high school
Established 1956
School district Scott County Schools
Superintendent John Ferguson
Principal Mike Lane
Grades 9-12
Enrolment 683[1]
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
Region D
Mascot Blue Devils
Newspaper Virginia Star

Gate City High School is a public high school in Gate City, Virginia. The school was built in 1956. The school employs 185 teachers and the student to teacher ratio is 21:1.

Extracurricular activities[edit]

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.[2] 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.[2] Gate City was also state runners-up in 1978, 1994, and 2007.[3] 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.[4]

2010 Football Schedule:

Date Opponent Score
08/27 Richlands L 0-31
09/03 @ Tazewell W 41-0
09/10 @ Sullivan South W 31-28
09/17 Lebanon* W 44-0
09/24 Appalachia W 45-8
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.

2010 Postseason

Date Opponent Score
11/19 Coeburn* W 56-0
11/27 Honaker W 53-6
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.[2]


The Girls' tennis team won the 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2012, and 2014 State Championships.[2] The boys' tennis team won the 2008 and 2009 State Championships.[2][5][6]


The school won the 2004, 2005, 2008,2009,2013 and 2014 State Championships in volleyball.[2]

Pre-game prayer controversy[edit]

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.[7] 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.[8]

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