James River High School (Chesterfield County, Virginia)

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James River High School
3700 James River Road

Coordinates37°33′9″N 77°38′57″W / 37.55250°N 77.64917°W / 37.55250; -77.64917Coordinates: 37°33′9″N 77°38′57″W / 37.55250°N 77.64917°W / 37.55250; -77.64917
School typePublic high school
School districtChesterfield County Public Schools
SuperintendentJames F. Lane
PrincipalJennifer Coleman
Enrollment2,156 (2016-17)[1]
Color(s)                   Purple, Green, and Black/White
Rival schoolsMidlothian High School, Cosby High School
Specialty centerLeadership and International relations
Athletic ConferenceVirginia High School League
AAA Central Region
AAA Dominion District

James River High School is located in Midlothian, an unincorporated community in Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States. James River High School has been recognized by the United States Department of Education as a School of Excellence, earning the high honor of Blue Ribbon in 2000.[citation needed] In 2009, James River High School was listed in America's top 1,500 schools, ranked at number 246 (the highest in the Richmond metropolitan area).[citation needed]

James River is a part of Chesterfield County Public Schools.

Note that there are two James River High Schools in Virginia. The other James River High School is located in Buchanan, Virginia, and is a part of Botetourt County Public Schools.

James River High School`s staff include 160 teachers and two librarians, one technology coordinator, seven school counselors and six administrators. There are approximately 2000 students in grades 9 - 12.[2]


James River sponsors the following sports teams: baseball, basketball (men's and women's), crew (men's and women's), cross country (men's and women's), field hockey, American football, golf, lacrosse (men's and women's), soccer (men's and women's), softball, tennis (men's and women's), track and field (men's and women's), volleyball(men's and women's), swimming and wrestling. The school also supports a crew team which competes in the Virginia Scholastic Championships.

The athletic department is currently sponsored with Adidas.

James River's rivals include Midlothian, and Cosby. The James River and Midlothian rivalry is a classic, especially in American football, where the two schools in the annual "Coal Bowl". Only six miles apart, the schools are considered "cross town rivals".

The James River baseball team won in 2007 and 2008 the Group AAA State Baseball Championship. In 2008 the Rapids were ranked 19th in the nation in High School Baseball. In 2011 the team had another run at the state championship but lost in the semi-finals. They are considered one of the top high schools in Virginia baseball. Consistently ranking top 200 in the Nation and top 10 in Virginia. [3]

In 2008 the men's golf team won its first championship in 2008 VHSL Group AAA State Championship. [4]

In 2013 the men's golf team would win the championship. They would go onto winning three consecutive championships in 2014 and 2015. [5]

The women's cross country team won the Group AAA State Championship in 2002.[citation needed]

In 2011 the men's basketball team won the championship to ESPN Basketball Tournament in Florida. Was featured on ESPN 3 and featured some of the top high school teams in America.

In 2002, the women's field hockey team won the State Championship in overtime against Lake Braddock 3-2.[citation needed]

In 2016 the men's lacrosse team made it to State Championship but lost. They were ranked #10 overall in Virginia. [6]

The men's volleyball team won back to back state champions in 2010 and 2011. In 2015 the men's volleyball team went on to win another championship then repeated as state champions in 2016. [7]

The Women's volleyball team had its best season in 2012, when Kari Heavenrich has several spectacular performances.

The school also has men's and women's lacrosse teams, which were the first public high school lacrosse teams in the Central Region.[citation needed]

Notable alumni[edit]

Specialty Center[edit]

James River High School is home to the specialty center for Leadership and International Relations. The program was founded in 2006.[citation needed]

Enrollment in Leadership and International relations[edit]

The James River High School Center for Leadership and International Relations has up to 350 applicants per a year, and only about 50 are accepted.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "James River High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved January 26, 2019.
  2. ^ https://sites.google.com/a/ccpsnet.net/jrhs/home/information/about
  3. ^ VHSL AAA 2007 Baseball Results
  4. ^ 2011 Golf Results
  5. ^ http://m.richmond.com/article_2c84c862-aa97-11e5-a0e5-e39a3740a741.html?mode=jqm
  6. ^ http://m.richmond.com/sports/high-school/lacrosse/boys/article_b161e311-ad49-55f8-bf10-e79c17d6cdb6.html?mode=jqm
  7. ^ [1]

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