Heritage High School (Lynchburg, Virginia)

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Heritage High School
3020 Wards Ferry Road
Lynchburg, Virginia 24502
United States
School type Public, high school
Founded 1976
School district Lynchburg City Public Schools
Superintendent Dr. Scott Brabrand
Principal Dr. Timothy Beatty
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 1,102 (2011-12)
Language English
Campus City
Color(s)           Orange and Navy
Athletics conference Virginia High School League
AA Region III
Seminole District
Mascot Pioneers
Nickname Big Orange
Rival E.C. Glass High School, Brookville High School, Amherst County High School,
Jefferson Forest High School

Heritage High School is a public high school located in Lynchburg, Virginia. The school is a part of Lynchburg City Public Schools District. Timothy Beatty is the head principal . Heritage has enrollment of 1102 as of 2011. Its mascot is the Pioneer and its colors are blue and orange.

Because of structural issues, the existing school building was demolished in 2016 and the new Heritage High School campus was completed.[1]


In January, 1975, a steering committee, representative of educators, students, parents, and the community at large, was appointed to begin planning a new high school to accommodate approximately 2,000 students. This committee and twenty-three subcommittees worked under the able direction of Dr. Ernest Martin, Special Assistant to the Superintendent, to draw up the initial specifications for the new school. From this planning merged the architects' design of an ultra-modern structure, beautiful in appearance and functional in use.

The new school had no real identity until the spring of 1976, when a special School Board committee, chaired by Mr. James K. Candler, made the following announcement: "We propose Heritage High School as a fitting name for the city's newest secondary building. The name shall serve to remind this generation and generations to come that the first responsibility in public education is to see that our democratic way of life is preserved through an informed electorate. This name shall call to mind both the pride in achievements in the past and shall hold forth a challenge for greater progress in the future. It shall provide a continuing reminder to Lynchburg educators and citizens of the obligation which is theirs - to mold the future through the education of the youth - to carry on the heritage of free education first established in the city of Lynchburg in 1871 and in the Colony of Virginia in 1634.

The building suffered many structural problems that resulted in the need for higher maintenance costs than comparable schools. In 2007, the Lynchburg School Board hired a firm to suggest ways to either renovate the building, merge the school population to E.C. Glass, or replace it. A task force urged replacement in a September 2011 report.[2] In March 2014, the Lynchburg City Council approved a $63.4 million bid from Barton Malow to build the new school in time for the beginning of the 2016 school year.[1]

The School[edit]

  • First Floor- Cafeteria, Auditorium, Band, Chorus, Orchestra, Drama, Art Hall, Clinic, Main Office, Gymnasium, History Hall, Foreign Language Hall, Library (first floor), Driver's Education and Health
  • Second Floor- Cosmetology, English Hall, Math Hall, Science Hall, Library (second floor)


  • Heritage High School was built to produce solar energy hence its unique architecture
  • Heritage is one of three high schools in Virginia to have an indoor track on their campus (Ralph D. Spencer Memorial Fieldhouse) on the 2nd Floor

Notable alumni[edit]

Central Virginia Governor's School[edit]

Marine Corps JROTC[edit]

Heritage High School has a Marine Corps JROTC, which teaches its cadets many core values including honor, courage, and commitment. It is a all classroom and the extracurricular activities include Drill team, Rifle team, Cyber team, and Raider Team.


Heritage (Lynchburg) has won a number of VHSL Seminole District, Region III, and State Championships at the AAA and AA level.

State Championships[edit]

  • Recent Champions*




  • Virginia State AA Basketball Final Four Tournament (Boys)[citation needed]








Region III Baseball Champions 2006




Heritage High School is also home to Pioneer Theatre. A student run program with Theatre Director Larry Hart and Associate Director Michelle Velastegui as of Fall 2008. In 2010, the Virginia Theatre Association named Director Larry Hart theatre educator of the year. All sets are built by Applied Technical Theater I & II. The theatre produces around six shows a year. The six plays usually consist of an Acting II Competition Piece, a Theater in the round, a Mainstage Straight Play, a Mainstage Musical, an Acting II Musical or "Straight Play" Dinner Theatre, and the Acting II Original One Acts. While this is the current compilation it does change slightly from year to year.

2006-2007 season

  • Urinetown
  • Murder of One
  • House of Blue Leaves
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Snoopy, The Musical
  • Acting II presents Original One-Acts

2007-2008 season

  • Singin' in the Rain
  • When the Angels Cried and the Mountains Fell
  • Its a Wonderful Life
  • Evita
  • Suburb, The Musical
  • Acting II presents Original One-Acts

2008-2009 season

  • Fahrenheit 451
  • Paparazzo,a Morality Play in the Guise of a Musical Fantasy
  • Noises Off
  • The Producers
  • Charlotte's Web
  • Acting II presents Original One-Acts

2009-2010 season

  • Once on This Island
  • You Don't Know Jack
  • Running in the Red
  • Peter Pan
  • The Foreigner
  • Acting II presents Original One-Acts

2010-2011 season

  • The Wedding Singer
  • The Human Condition
  • Lend Me a Tenor
  • The Wizard of Oz
  • Acting II presents Original One-Acts

2012-2013 season

  • The Art of the Bully
  • Footloose
  • A Raisin in the Sun
  • The Dining Room
  • The Adding Machine
  • Acting II presents Original One-Acts

2013-2014 season

  • Chicago
  • A Christmas Story
  • When the Angels Cried and the Mountains Fell
  • Shrek: The Musical
  • Mr. Beiderman and the Firebugs
  • Acting II presents Original One-Acts

2014-2015 season[edit]

  • Night of the Living Dead: Live!
  • Murder Americana: The Trial of Lizzie Borden
  • Wait Until Dark
  • The Addams Family
  • Black Comedy
  • Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Momma's Hung You In the Closet and I'm Feelin' So Sad
  • Acting II presents Original One-Acts

2015-2016 season[edit]

  • Moon Over Buffalo
  • The Lost Boy
  • Ragtime: The Musical
  • Almost, Maine
  • Shakespeare's R&J
  • Acting II presents Original One-Acts

2016-2017 season[edit]

  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Fire: Prometheus On Trial
  • It's A Wonderful Life
  • Beauty and The Beast
  • All in the Timing
  • Talley's Folly
  • Acting II Presents Original One-Acts


  1. ^ a b Jessie Pounds. "Lynchburg City School Board accepts $63.4M bid for new Heritage High". Lynchburg News & Advance. Retrieved November 11, 2014. 
  2. ^ A Joint Task Force of Lynchburg City Council and the Lynchburg School Board. "Heritage High School and the Future of Secondary Education" (PDF). Retrieved November 11, 2014. 

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Coordinates: 37°21′38.9″N 79°12′20.9″W / 37.360806°N 79.205806°W / 37.360806; -79.205806