Indian River High School (Chesapeake, Virginia)

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Indian River High School
1969 Braves Trail


United States
Coordinates36°47′54″N 76°14′33″W / 36.7982°N 76.2426°W / 36.7982; -76.2426Coordinates: 36°47′54″N 76°14′33″W / 36.7982°N 76.2426°W / 36.7982; -76.2426
School typePublic high school
Founded1967 (original Old Greenbrier Road facility), 1972 (current location)
School districtChesapeake City Public Schools
SuperintendentDr. W. Randolph Nichols
PrincipalNaomi Dunbar
Enrollment1,672 (2016-17)[1]
Color(s)               Columbia Blue, Navy Blue and White
Athletics conferenceVirginia High School League
AAA Eastern Region
Southeastern District
RivalOscar F. Smith High School
Great Bridge High School
Deep Creek High School
Grassfield High School
Communities servedNorfolk Highlands
Indian River Estates
Georgetown Colony
Georgetown Point
Georgetown East
Holly Glenn
Holly Point
Feeder schoolsGreenbrier Middle and Indian River Middle

Indian River High School is a high school in Chesapeake, Virginia. As of the 2013-14 school year, it had approximately 1850 students.


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.

State championships:

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)

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Indian River High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved February 5, 2019.

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