James Madison High School (Fairfax County, Virginia)

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James Madison High School
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James Madison High School is located in Northern Virginia
James Madison High School
James Madison High School
James Madison High School is located in Virginia
James Madison High School
James Madison High School
James Madison High School is located in the US
James Madison High School
James Madison High School
2500 James Madison Drive
Vienna, VA 22181
Type Public high school
Founded 1959
School district Fairfax County Public Schools
Principal Gregory Hood
Faculty 129.0 (on FTE basis)[1]
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 1,945 (as of 2009-10)[1]
Student to teacher ratio 14.8[1]
Language English
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Red and black
Athletics conference Liberty District
Northern Region
Mascot Warhawk
Newspaper The Hawk Talk
Feeder schools Thoreau Middle School
Kilmer Middle School
Information 703-319-2300
Rival school Oakton High School
McLean High School
Stone Bridge High School
George C. Marshall High School

James Madison High School is a high school located in an unincorporated area of Fairfax County, Virginia, adjacent to the town limits of Vienna, and is part of Fairfax County Public Schools. According to Newsweek Magazine's 2014 list of the top US high schools, Madison was ranked 93. U.S. News & World Report named JMHS a Silver Medal school in 2010.

As of the 2014-2015 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,995 students and 136.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student-teacher ratio of 15:1.[1]


In the 2011-2012 school year, James Madison High School's student body was 69.59% White, 12.30% Asian, 10.48% Hispanic, 2.53% Black and 5.11% Native American.[2]

Standardized testing[edit]

James Madison High School continually surpasses most Virginia schools in statewide and nationwide exams. For the 2006-2007 academic year, Madison's average score on the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) was 95%.[3] In 2015, Madison's average SAT score of 1744 far exceeded the state (1533) and national (1467) averages; the school's average ACT score of 26.6 likewise outperformed state (23.1) and national (21.0) figures.[4]


James Madison's sports teams play in the AAA Liberty District and AAA Northern Region. Their traditional rival schools include nearby schools Oakton, Langley, and Marshall.

State championships and runner-up finishes[edit]

Madison has won 34 state championships, which are:

  • six in AAA softball (1979, 1984, 1987–1989)
  • four in baseball {one in the now defunct IA Division in 1968, two in AAA (1971, 2002), and one in 6A (2015)}
  • three in AAA girls basketball (1991, 1993)
  • two in AAA boys golf (1990, 1992)
  • two in AAA girls tennis (1989, 1990).
  • two in AAA boys football (1973, 1988)
  • two in girls AAA lacrosse (2011, 2013)
  • one in boys 6A Cross Country (2016)
  • At least two every year since 2004 for their rowing team

Madison has 24 runner up finishes, which are:

  • four in AAA girls basketball (1990, 1995, 1996, 1998)
  • three in AAA softball (1980, 1998, 2004)
  • two in AAA girls tennis in 2000
  • three in AAA boys golf in 1989, 2009
  • one in Division IA baseball in 1969
  • two in AAA boys swimming and diving (2009, 2013)
  • three in AAA boys football (1990, 1995, 2001)
  • two in AAA boys basketball (1987, 1999)
  • one in AAA boys lacrosse in 2013
  • one in AAA boys soccer in 2015
  • one in 6A Boys Cross Country (2015)

Madison has two sportsmanship awards, which are:

  • two in AAA girls basketball (1990, 1996)

Madison has won the AAA Wachovia Cup standings in the following years:

  • five times for academic activities (1991, 1993–1995, 1997)

Dance team[edit]

The James Madison High School Dance team has won several awards on both the local and national levels. In 2013, the team placed first in the Large Varsity Pom category at George Mason University. In 2014, the team attended UDA Summer Camp, placing first in home routine. The 2014-2015 season brought the Madison Dance Team a third place in both Large Varsity Pom and Jazz at UDA Fairfax, second place in both Large Varsity Pom and Jazz at the Masonettes Invitational, and an advancement to semi-finals at UDA Nationals, for the first time in team history. They placed 23rd overall out of 51 teams at a highly competitive national level. Beginning in the 2015-2016 season, the dance team will be creating a junior varsity team to train with and learn from the varsity team. The team performs at both varsity football home games and boys and girls varsity basketball home games.


James Madison High School has a nationally recognized band program. The band was honored to be selected by the John Philip Sousa Foundation in 1989, receiving the Sudler Flag of Honor. The Sudler Flag of Honor is the most prestigious award intended to honor band programs that demonstrate continued excellence over the course of several years. In 2012, the James Madison High School Band Program was once again, the recipient of the Sudler Flag of Honor.[5] The band program, under the direction of Michael Hackbarth, includes a comprehensive Marching Band program, a nationally-recognized Wind Symphony, a Symphonic Band, a Color Guard Program and a Jazz Ensemble. The Wind Symphony is regularly invited to perform at the National Concert Band Festival and continues to receive Superior ratings. Collectively, the James Madison High School Band Program is known as the "Pride of Vienna".


The James Madison Latin program is known for its high national rankings on the National Latin Exam under its current teacher, Albert Gunn.[citation needed]

James Madison High School also has 53 student-run (but teacher-sponsored) clubs for its students, including a GSA, art club, and many others.

Notable Alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d [1]
  2. ^ FCPS - School Profiles - Madison HS - Demographics
  3. ^ schoolprofiles.fcps.edu
  4. ^ http://www.fcps.edu/MadisonHS/about/documents/JMHS%20Profile%202015-16.pdf
  5. ^ "Recognition from the VA General Assembly". VA General Assembly. 
  6. ^ McClain, Buzz (23 January 2011). "The 'Science' of Success: John Brenkus's hit sports show is part of a locally grown media franchise". The Washington Post. 
  7. ^ Krystal, Becky (2008-10-05). "At This 'Hospital,' Virginia Doctors Are In". The Washington Post (Washington DC: WPC). ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 26 July 2011. "Ghanizada, 29"