Indian River High School (Chesapeake, Virginia)
|Indian River High School|
1969 Braves Trail
|School type||Public high school|
|Founded||1967 (original Old Greenbrier Road facility), 1972 (current location)|
|School district||Chesapeake City Public Schools|
|Superintendent||Dr. W. Randolph Nichols|
|Color(s)||Columbia Blue, Navy Blue and White|
|Athletics conference||Virginia High School League|
AAA Eastern Region
|Rival||Oscar F. Smith High School|
Great Bridge High School
Deep Creek High School
Grassfield High School
|Communities served||Norfolk Highlands|
Indian River Estates
|Feeder schools||Greenbrier Middle and Indian River Middle|
The school originally opened in the fall of 1963 for 7th graders. From that day forward they were always the 'seniors' at Indian River Junior High. In their Junior ['67-'68] year the school board was petitioned and the school was upgraded to Indian River Senior High. There were approximately 185 students that graduated in 1969. Their dedication and pride got the school accredited. They set the traditions in motion. A mother of one of the students wrote the Alma Mater, they picked the school colors, the mascot. The original IRHS, which opened in 1967, was on Old Greenbrier Road, while construction on the current building took place. The single-story facility opened in winter 1972 on Dunbarton Road, receiving its own address of 1969 Braves Trail in the mid-1990s. The Old Greenbrier Road building currently serves as Indian River Middle School. The 1969 in the school's address refers to IRHS' first graduating class.
In 1995, overcrowding at Indian River forced the school to add an extension, known as the "new wing."
Starting in the summer of 2011, construction began to renovate and expand the school. Those renovations ended in time for the 2013-14 school year.
The school boasts several Southeastern District athletic titles, such as the two-year title-holding Academic Challenge team, as well as Eastern Region titles in football, and boys and girls basketball. The Braves enjoy a long rivalry with Oscar F. Smith High School, Great Bridge High School, and Deep Creek High School.
- Football, 1995 (12-2 overall record)
- Boys basketball, 1986-87 (29-1 record, undefeated in the AAA Southeastern District. Alonzo Mourning of the Miami Heat played for this squad)
- Marching Band, 2012 (3-0 up to the state 2 Open championship), 9th place at USBands
- National Championships at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
State championship runners-up:
- Girls basketball, 2002-03 (34-1 record, also undefeated in district play, 14-0)
- Boys volleyball, 2017-18 (19-4 record)
- Jay Pharoah, comedian, Saturday Night Live cast member
- Steve Terebecki, bassist of rock band White Denim
- Mark Earley, former Attorney General of Virginia
- William Fuller, former NFL player
- Ricky Rudd, NASCAR driver
- James Boyd, played with the Jacksonville Jaguars as a free safety; he was the school's quarterback during its 1995 state championship run
- Gregory D. Gadson, (Ret), retired U.S. Army colonel, garrison commander Ft. Belvoir, Virginia. Also an actor featured as Lieutenant Colonel Mick Canales, Battleship (2012).
- Alonzo Mourning, former NBA player with the Charlotte Hornets, Miami Heat, and New Jersey Nets; won an NBA title with the Heat in 2006
- Nita Booth, mouseketeer on the Disney Channel's The Mickey Mouse Club and first African American Miss Virginia in 1998.
- "Indian River High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved February 5, 2019.