Heritage High School (Newport News, Virginia)

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The Heritage High School
5800 Marshall Avenue
Newport News, Virginia 23605
United States
Coordinates 37°0′22″N 76°25′38″W / 37.00611°N 76.42722°W / 37.00611; -76.42722Coordinates: 37°0′22″N 76°25′38″W / 37.00611°N 76.42722°W / 37.00611; -76.42722
School type Public high school
Founded 1996
School district Newport News Public Schools
Superintendent Dr. Ashby Kilgore
Director Chinell Callwood
(S.T.E.M. and University Magnet)
Principal Ms. Shameka Gerald
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 1,495 [1] (October 2009)
Language English
Campus Urban
Color(s)      Maroon
Athletics conference Virginia High School League
Peninsula District
Eastern Region
Mascot Hurricanes
Rival Warwick High School

The Heritage High School, established in 1996, is a public school in Newport News, Virginia, USA. The school, whose colors are maroon and silver (rival to the I.C. Norcom High School Greyhounds in Portsmouth, Virginia due to the similarities in school colors. Norcom's school colors are maroon and gray.), is home to the Heritage Hurricanes. The school is also home to the Newport News Public Schools Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math magnet, or most commonly called STEM, as well as the University magnet. The school is located in the South East End area of the city (Downtown) at 5800 Marshall Avenue. The current principal is Shameka Gerald. She followed Mr. Nichols. The Class of 2015 will be the school's eighteenth graduating class. The school has a twin school, Woodside High School, that was built simultaneously and designed by the same architects.


As of October 2009 [1]

Category Enrollment Percentage
Total Enrollment 1495 100%
Male 697 46.6%
Female 798 53.4%
Native American 7 0.5%
Asian/Pacific Islander 8 0.5%
Black 1311 87.7%
Hispanic 34 2.3%
White 131 8.8%
Unspecified 4 0.3%
Special Education 178 11.9%
Talented and Gifted 56 3.7%
Economically Disadvantaged 772 51.6%


In 2000, The Heritage football team won the Virginia state championship, with a 14-0 overall record.[2] In 2008, the girls basketball team also won the Virginia state title, defeating Forest Park.[3]

Notable alumni[edit]


The Heritage High School's color scheme was accidentally switched with its sister school Woodside High School.


  1. ^ a b "Newport News Public Schools Demographic Snapshot" (PDF). Newport News Public Schools. Retrieved 2009-11-06. 
  2. ^ O'Brien, Marty (3 December 2000). "HERITAGE IN A ROUT - HURRICANES DEMOLISH DINWIDDIE TO FINISH 14-0, WIN STATE CHAMPIONSHIP". Daily Press. Newport News, Virginia. p. B1. 
  3. ^ O'Brien, Marty (15 March 2008). "A FIRST TO CHERISH - HERITAGE GIRLS BREAK STATE BARRIER". Daily Press. Newport News, Virginia. p. D1.