Graham High School (Bluefield, Virginia)

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Graham High School

210 Valleydale Street
Bluefield, Virginia 24605

37°14′12.11″N 81°16′11.98″W / 37.2366972°N 81.2699944°W / 37.2366972; -81.2699944Coordinates: 37°14′12.11″N 81°16′11.98″W / 37.2366972°N 81.2699944°W / 37.2366972; -81.2699944
School type Public, high school
Founded 1914
School district Tazewell County Public Schools
Superintendent George Brown
Principal Cynthia Beavers
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 523[1] (2009)
Language English
Color(s)          Cardinal and Gold for Athletics
         Maroon and Grey for Academics
Athletics conference A Mountain Empire District
A Region C
Mascot G-Men And G-Girls
Rival Richlands High School
Bluefield High School
Feeder schools Graham Middle School

Graham High School is a public high school located in Bluefield, Virginia across the state line from Bluefield, West Virginia in Tazewell County, Virginia, as a part of Tazewell County Public Schools. Graham is fully accredited in accordance with the Virginia Standards of Learning, and can boast of above-average numbers of students passing the yearly Virginia Standards of Learning examinations. Athletic teams compete in the Virginia High School League's Group A Mountain Empire District in Region C. Notable school state titles include:

Football: 1962, 1989, 1995

Men's Basketball: 1955

Women's Basketball: 1922

Women's Tennis: 1999

Creative Writing: 1971, 1974, 1995, 1999

Theatre: 1997, 1999

Golf : 2013

Competition Cheerleading : 2016


Graham High School was first established as a secondary school in 1914, serving grades 9-12 in what was then known as the town of Graham, Virginia (now Bluefield). The cornerstone for building located on Greever Avenue, also known as, " The Hill", was laid on May 26, 1914. J.O. Faulkner was the first principal, and there were 107 students enrolled in the high school. (A total of 611 students, in primary, grammar, and high school grades, attended school in the building which could accommodate 750).

Graham High School grew its facilities at the end of 2010 when they opened up a new weight lifting facility and football locker room. They also unveiled a new gymnasium that serves as a practice gym for the men's and women's basketball teams and is the location where the Bluefield, VA recreational basketball league hosts many of its games. The gym has 2 full size courts along with men's and women's locker rooms.

In 2016, the Tazewell County School Board promoted Cynthia Beavers, former assistant principal, to be the first female principal ever to have a tenure at Graham High School.

Alma mater[edit]

The Graham High School alma mater is the tune to "Far Above Cayuga's Waters."

Nestled near East River's ridges, with its lines of blue
Stands our noble alma mater, glorious to view.
G-Men faithful, G-Girls grateful,
Conquer and prevail.
Hail to thee our Alma Mater.
Graham High, all hail!

Fight song[edit]

Illinois Loyalty

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Graham High School offers a variety of clubs and activities. Among these clubs are: Student Council Association, Interact Club, Pep Club, Future Business Leaders of America, Students Against Destructive Decisions, Beta, Cadre, Book Club, DECA, Values Club, and Be Golden.

Notable Alumni[edit]

  1. Bill Dudley: 1935-1939, attended the University of Virginia and was drafted with the 1st pick of the 1942 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers.
  2. Ahmad Bradshaw: 2000-2004, attended Marshall University and was drafted with the 250th pick in the 7th round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the New York Giants. Two time Super Bowl Champion


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