George C. Marshall High School
|George C. Marshall High School|
|7731 Leesburg Pike|
Falls Church, Virginia 22043
|School type||Public, high school|
|Motto||Small School, Big Heart|
|School district||Fairfax County Public Schools|
|Color(s)||Scarlet & Columbia|
|Feeder schools||Kilmer Middle School |
Thoreau Middle School
|Rival schools||Madison High School|
McLean High School
|Athletic conferences||Liberty District|
George C. Marshall High School is a public school in northern Virginia, located in Idylwood in unincorporated Fairfax County, near Falls Church. Named for General George Marshall, it opened in 1962 and is part of Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS). It is ranked at #343 in the nation for public schools and has received a gold award for Best High Schools from the U.S. News & World Report 2016. It is ranked 11th in Virginia and 8th in Fairfax County. George C. Marshall High School is a fully accredited high school based on the Standards of Learning tests in Virginia.
- 1 Accreditation
- 2 Demographics
- 3 Athletics
- 4 Music and the arts
- 5 Extracurriculars
- 6 Notable alumni
- 7 Controversies
- 8 Notes
- 9 External links
During the 2014-2015 school year, the vast majority of Marshall students passed the end-of-year exams.
|Subject||Accreditation Pass Rate|
Below are the demographics as presented during the 2015-2016 school year at Marshall High School:
|Gender||Marshall Percentage||FCPS High School Average|
|Ethnicity||Marshall Percentage||FCPS High School Average|
|American Indian / Alaska Native||0.3%||0.3%|
|Black/ African American||4.6%||10.3%|
|Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander||0.1%||0.1%|
|Two or More Races||5.9%||4.7%|
18.04%, or 367 students, were eligible for free or reduced lunch in the 2014-15 school year.
Marshall's teams are nicknamed the Statesmen, their mascot is the griffin (a half lion, half eagle creature), and their teams play in the AAA Liberty District and Northern Region of the Virginia High School League. While Marshall's enrollment had been at the AA level, and the school had needed to petition to play in AAA to the VHSL to maintain rivalries with local schools, the school's enrollment had increased to over 1900 students by the fall of 2014.
In the 2005-2006 school year, the field hockey team and the boys basketball teams advanced to the AAA tournaments.
Marshall girls basketball won the Liberty District tournament back to back in 2006 and 2007. The girls tennis team placed first in the Liberty District in 2009 and second (to Thomas Jefferson) at the regional tournament.
George C Marshall High School's new school motto "Small School Big Heart" was started during what is called the Cinderella season on the 05-06 Varsity Men's Basketball who advanced to the semi finals of the state tournament.
In 2013, the Men's Varsity Basketball team won the Liberty District. In 2014, the Men's Varsity Football team broke a losing streak stretching back to 2011 with victories over Thomas Jefferson and JEB Stuart.
In 2016, the Varsity Cheerleading team, under Coach Dominic Borello and coach Ellie Greene, won the Capitol Conference for the first time in VHSL history. The team also advanced to the 5A Regionals, something that hadn't been done since 2013. In 2017, the team placed 2nd in the conference and 8th in 6A Regionals. In 2018, the team placed 1st in the conference and 6th in the 6A Regionals.
State team championships and runner-up finishes
Marshall has four team state championship titles, which are:
- two in AAA boys cross country in 1971 (shared with Menchville High School) and 1972
- one in AAA girls basketball in 1976
- one in 5A Girls Cross Country in 2016
Marshall has five runner up finishes, which are:
- three in AAA baseball (1975, 1986, 1987)
- one in AAA boys cross country in 1996
- one in AAA Division 5 football in 1987
Marshall also gained many individual state champions in Track and Field, Cross Country, and Tennis during 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 seasons.
Music and the arts
Marshall has a growing orchestra, band, choir, and theatre program. They take part in numerous competitions annually such as the District Performance Assessment, and the Music Heritage Festival.
The Marshall Orchestra Program consists of four orchestras: The Marshall Concert Orchestra, Symphonic Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra, and Statesmen Sinfonia. During the 2014-2015 school year, it has grown to include more than 120 members. The first three orchestras have received straight superior ratings at the District Performance Assessment for the past three years, and have also received a gold rating along with an adjudicator's award for their performance during the 2011 Music Heritage Festival. Statesmen Sinfonia is a new ensemble introduced in the 2014-2015 school year due to the growing number of members. The orchestra is currently being led by director Catherine Bond.
The Marshall Band Program is composed of two subgroups: Concert Band and Wind Symphony. The band program is currently being led by director Paul Vesilind, who was named George C. Marshall High School Teacher of the Year in Spring 2015. The Marshall Band has held the Honor Band title for three years consecutively.
Marshall has many extracurricular bands, including Marshall's "Marching Statesmen", which have come in 1st place at multiple competitions. They went to the marching band states competition for the first time in October 2015. There is also a Marshall Jazz Band, which performs at school and community events. The band offerings at Marshall also include indoor drumline, percussion ensemble, flute choir, and IB music. The percussion ensemble, which was led by Tim McKay at the time, has also been recognized for their achievement. They were invited to the Music for All National Percussion Festival in Indianapolis, held in March 2009. The event is part of the Bands of America National Convert Festival.
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Marshall High School is also home to an award-winning theater program. Under the direction of Mark Krikstan, they won the District level competition nine years running, and won the championship at the AAA State Finals of the Virginia High School League One-Act Festival five times (2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007), which is the record for most wins among all Virginia high schools. Furthermore, the department is known for allowing students to perform shows with more adult themes, such as uncensored versions of Company and Chicago. The theater program is currently under the direction of Jason Tamborini, and most recently placed fourth among the AAA Ensemble Groups at the 2012-2013 Virginia High School League State Theater Festival.
Marshall High School has over 30 extracurricular activities available for its students, and over 10 honor societies available for high achieving students.
The Cyber Patriot Program is sponsored by the Air Force Association. Competitors are given virtual machines, which are like computers inside of computers, with vulnerabilities in them. In the allotted amount of time, they must correctly identify and rectify all of the vulnerabilities, usually including viruses, while maintaining critical services. At the national finals, the competitors also have to complete networking and digital forensics challenges.
Marshall started its Cyber Patriot Program during the 2011-2012 school year. A non-affiliated company, Terrawi, provided most of the resources and training materials to help adequately prepare the teams for competition. The original two teams, which consisted of twelve members, placed 7th in the nation during the final round of competition.
2012-2013 School Year
The club has grown to include more than 40 members during the 2012-2013 school year. Of the original three teams, the Marshall Cyber Patriot Program sent two teams to the Cyber Patriot National Finals, held on March 15, 2013 at the Gaylord Hotel in Maryland. Both teams finished in the top 3 of the open division, along with their state rival, Chantilly High School, which placed top in the nation. Following the competition, the team is expected to compete in several competitions against other schools. Several other high schools in Fairfax County have asked the Marshall Cyber Patriot Program to help start up Cyber Patriot Programs in their own school. 
Future Problem Solving
Marshall High School started its Future Problem Solving Club during the 2012-2013 school year. Cheryl Gannaway was the primary sponsor and coach for the club. During its first year, the club consisted of four members, who competed as a single team. The team passed through the Regional Competition, being one of two teams to represent Fairfax County at the State Bowl. At the state bowl, the Marshall team was a finalist in the middle division and received first place in the action plan presentation for their humorous portrayal of Romeo and Juliet.
Model United Nations
Marshall High School has a growing Model United Nations club, which has grown to include more than 100 members during the 2016-17 school year. The club competes in notable tournaments annually, such as VAMUN, William and Mary MUN, and HenMUN. The club is sponsored by Ilsa Tinkelman and Matthew Hanlon, two teachers at Marshall High School. Marshall High School organizes My First MUN every September, to prepare new MUN delegates for future MUN conferences. Additionally, Marshall students collaborated with language teachers Matthew Hanlon and David Barkley to hold the first ever CIMUNE conference in January 2015, a Model UN conference completely in Spanish.
- Kathrine Switzer|| 1964|| Pioneer female distance runner; first woman to run the Boston Marathon (1967) with an official race number
- Gayil Nalls|| 1971|| Renowned multimedia artist who works with art and olfaction (smell).
- Mike Brown|| 1977|| Major League Baseball player from 1982-1987 with the Boston Red Sox and Seattle Mariners.
- Sean O'Neill|| 1985|| Table tennis player, 5 times US men's singles champion, 2 times US Olympic team member (1988, 1992).
- Pete Schourek|| 1987|| MLB pitcher from 1991-2001; second in 1995 National League Cy Young Award voting.
- Michael McCrary|| 1988|| Played defensive end for the Seattle Seahawks and Baltimore Ravens in the NFL from 1993-2002
- Keith Lyle|| 1990|| Played safety for the L.A. and St. Louis Rams, Washington Redskins, and San Diego Chargers in the NFL from 1994-2002
- Brent Runyon|| 1995|| Author of The Burn Journals (2004), Maybe (2006), and Surface Tension: A Novel in Four Summers (2009)
- Nick Sorensen|| 1996|| Played safety for the St. Louis Rams, Jacksonville Jaguars and the Cleveland Browns in the NFL. Sorensen now is currently an assistant Coach of the Seattle Seahawks.
- Harun Mehmedinović|| 2001|| Filmmaker, journalist and photographer, director of In the Name of the Son
- Louisa Krause|| 2004|| Actress who has appeared in films such as Martha Marcy May Marlene and Young Adult.
On February 27, 1998 at 12:20pm, David Albrecht, a 17-year-old student at Pimmit Hills Alternative High School, drove his Chevrolet Monte Carlo into Marshall's rear parking lot. With him in the car was a former student who had recently quit school. Right behind him was a dark-colored sports utility vehicle. The SUV pulled up alongside of David's Monte Carlo and the driver pulled out a .22-caliber rifle. Two to three shots were fired before the SUV left the parking lot. David, 17, was struck in the head and died from his wounds. His passenger, an 18-year-old, had escaped injury by ducking down. Police were later able to confirm that this shooting was done by members of the Tiny Rascals Asian youth gang.
During the 2011-2012 School Year at George C. Marshall High School, a dispute occurred between a teacher and a student. A teacher asked an African American student to read a Langston Hughes poem in a "blacker" way. Marshall administrators immediately launched an investigation into the alleged incident.
Remember the Titans
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In the movie Remember the Titans (2000), the climax of the movie comes at the end of the 1971 AAA state championship football game between T.C. Williams High School and George Marshall High School. The movie was dramatized from a Washington Post series about race relations in the high school football fishbowl of 1971, as the Hollywood-underdog T.C. Williams Titans took on the powerful Marshall Statesmen (coached by Ed Henry). The most notable dramatic license taken in the movie was to convert what was actually a regular-season matchup between Marshall and T.C. Williams into a made-for-Hollywood state championship. In reality, the Marshall game was the toughest game T.C. Williams played all year and the actual state championship (against Andrew Lewis High School of the Roanoke Valley) was a 27-0 blowout. The Titans actually did win the Marshall game on a fourth down come-from-behind play at the very end of the game. In addition to the added drama of the Marshall game, there were apparently some legal issues concerning the use of Andrew Lewis High School's name in the movie.
Ignored in both the original newspaper articles and the movie is the fact that in 1971, the city of Alexandria consolidated three four-year high schools into a single two-year school, with only juniors and seniors. As a result, the best of the varsity football squads at George Washington High School (converted to a middle school), Hammond High School (converted to a middle school) and T.C Williams High School united in what amounted to an all-city, all-star team at T.C. Williams.
The legendary Ed Henry was the head coach at Marshall for six seasons, from 1969–74, and is portrayed in the movie. In 1997, Coach Henry was inducted into the Virginia High School League Hall of Fame.
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