Green Run High School

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Green Run High School
1700 Dahlia Drive
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23453
United States
Coordinates 36°48′17″N 76°06′41″W / 36.804639°N 76.111361°W / 36.804639; -76.111361Coordinates: 36°48′17″N 76°06′41″W / 36.804639°N 76.111361°W / 36.804639; -76.111361
School type Public, high school

Green Run High School: Esse Quam Videri (To be rather than to seem.)

Green Run Collegiate: Sapere Aude (Dare to Learn)
Founded September 1979
School district Virginia Beach City Public Schools
Superintendent Dr. Aaron C. Spence

Christopher Tarkenton

Rianne Patricio (Head of School, Green Run Collegiate)
Staff 164
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1,442 (2017-18)
Language English
Color(s)                Royal Blue, Kelly Green, and White
Athletics conference Virginia High School League
Beach District
Eastern Region
Mascot Stallions

Kempsville High School

Bayside High School
Feeder schools

Plaza Middle School Independence Middle School

Bayside Middle School

Green Run High School is a public secondary school located at 1700 Dahlia Drive of the Green Run area of suburban Virginia Beach, Virginia. Green Run hosts a very diverse student population many of which come from the large concentration of military families that have moved into the area within the past couple of decades. The school was the largest high school in Virginia when it opened in 1979, with 247,000 feet of space. When it was first opened, it had the largest enrollment in the state. Due to changing demographics and the ensuing addition of new schools, the school is now one of the smallest in Virginia Beach and in the State of Virginia when it comes to student body population. Construction cost totaled $11.4 million. The current head principal of the school is Dr. Christopher Todd Tarkenton.

In April 2010, it was announced that Green Run High School was one of three high schools nationwide to be awarded the 2010 College Board Inspiration Award winners for improving their academic environments and helping under-served students achieve equitable access to higher education. The prize includes a $25,000 award presented by The College Board.[1]

On July 13, 2012, President Obama visited Green Run as part of his Presidential Campaign.[2]

In 2016, Green Run's high school NJROTC chapter won second place in the National High School NJROTC SOP & Drill Competition, and in 2017, Green Run's NJROTC won first place of all the high schools in the competition.[3]

Green Run High School now has a Collegiate charter school with the IB Program. The current principal of the IB Charter School is Mrs. Rianne Patricio.[4]

School Administration[edit]

Green Run High School

  • Christopher T. Tarkenton - Principal
  • Elizabeth C. Pickett - Assistant Principal
  • John Cosimano - Assistant Principal
  • Leslie Lehner - Assistant Principal
  • Mikaela Gilchrist - Administrative Assistant
  • Shannon Drury - Student Activities Coordinator
  • Kathy Ferrell - School Counseling Department Chair
  • Corrin Bacs - School Improvement Specialist

Green Run Collegiate (IB Program Public Charter School)

  • Rianne Patricio- Head of School
  • Christine Colden - Acting Assistant Principal


Green Run High School was opened in 1979 and is one of three Virginia Beach schools that can be traced back to the Algonquin settlements. The land was previously used for fox hunting by the Princess Anne Hunt Club, as a garden for the Norfolk City jail, and was owned later by a Mennonite Farming family until it was sold in the 1960s.

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Shomi Patwary (Class of '00), Music Video Director [5]
  • Plaxico Burress (Class of '96), Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver.[6]
  • Sean Siler (Class of '88), Microsoft employee who starred in the "I'm a PC" advertising campaign (2008-2009)
  • Ron Villanueva (Class of '88), first Filipino-American and youngest member having ever been elected to Virginia Beach City Council ('02 - Pres).
  • Andre Cason (Class of '87), former sprinter and 2 time World Championship Gold Medalist ('91 & '93) in the 4 x 100 m relay and silver medalist in the 100 meters.
  • Keith Goganious (Class of '87), NFL linebacker
  • Matt Darby (Class of '87), NFL defensive back
  • Cedric Warren (Class of '96), University of Florida Gators Defensive Back. (1996-2000)
  • Eric D. Goodman, a graduate of Green Run High School Class of 1989, and American author of literary fiction, commercial fiction, and travel stories

See also[edit]


  1. ^ [1] College Board Press Release, April 2010
  2. ^ KnowGreenRunHOA (2012-07-14), President Barack Obama visits Green Run High School, Virginia Beach, VA July 13, 2012, retrieved 2017-05-12 
  3. ^ "Navy Nationals - Main Results Page". Retrieved 2017-05-12. 
  4. ^ "Green Run Collegiate High - Staff". Retrieved 2017-05-12. 
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