James Wood High School

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James Wood High School
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James Wood High School is located in USA Virginia Frederick
James Wood High School
James Wood High School
James Wood High School is located in Shenandoah Valley
James Wood High School
James Wood High School
James Wood High School is located in Northern Virginia
James Wood High School
James Wood High School
James Wood High School is located in Virginia
James Wood High School
James Wood High School
James Wood High School is located in the United States
James Wood High School
James Wood High School
161 Apple Pie Ridge Road
Winchester, VA 22603
PrincipalMr. Sam Gross
Enrollment1,297 (2016-17)[1]
Schedule typeBlock
Color(s)Navy Blue & Gold         
Athletics conferenceAAAA Northwestern District

James Wood High School is located at the northern tip of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, Virginia and is a part of the Frederick County Public School system. It is located at 161 Apple Pie Ridge Road.

James Wood High School was established in 1950 on Amherst Street as the high school for Frederick County, Virginia. It combined the students of five other high schools in the county: Gainesboro, Gore, Stonewall, Stephens City, and Middletown.

James Wood High School owes its name to a famous Revolutionary War colonel, James Wood, who was also governor of Virginia from 1796 to 1799. As Frederick County grew, the need for a larger school became evident. In 1981, the "Ridge Campus", on Apple Pie Ridge Road, was opened. Between 1981 and 1993, James Wood High School operated two campuses serving 9th and 10th grade students at the "Amherst Campus" and 11th and 12th grade students at the "Ridge Campus", offering busing for students between the two campuses for some classes (band, choir, upper level science classes, etc.). After the opening of Sherando High School in 1993, all grades of James Wood High School were consolidated to the Ridge Campus and the Amherst Campus became James Wood Middle School.

Today, James Wood High School offers a wide range of programs formulated on the concept of teaching the total individual. Academics, athletics and activities play integral parts in the development of skills and knowledge. The current principal is Sam Gross. There are also three assistant principals who divide the student authority between them. Joseph Salyer served as principal from 2003-2017.


James Wood plays in the AA Northwestern District. Its mascot is the Colonel, and the school colors are blue and gold. Since the opening of the school in 1955, the Colonels have earned four state championships; boys' cross country (1968), football (1970), boys' cross country (2002), and girls' doubles tennis (2008), as well as numerous state runner-up titles and regional championships in various sports. The 2006 season was locally notable as the school's first winning season in 25 years, injecting new energy into a previously lethargic football conference. D.C. United defender Devon McTavish graduated from James Wood. The football program re-hired Walter Barr, who coached the team to its only state championship in 1970, for another stint as football coach in 2005. From 2005-2007, he amassed a record of 16-15 before retiring. Michael Bolin replaced him prior to the 2008 season and went 26-29 through the 2012 season. Running back Brock Lockhart was named All-State Honorable Mention in 2009 with 2,016 rushing yards and 21 touchdowns. Bolin resigned in December 2012 and was replaced on March 11, 2013, by Mark McHale, who went 13-28 over four seasons before resigning. On June 1, 2017, Ryan Morgan was announced as McHale's successor.

Football Season Head Coach Record
2018 Ryan Morgan 4-6
2017 Ryan Morgan 2-8
2016 Mark McHale 2-8
2015 Mark McHale 5-5
2014 Mark McHale 5-6
2013 Mark McHale 1-9
2012 Michael Bolin 1-9
2011 Michael Bolin 4-7
2010 Michael Bolin 6-5
2009 Michael Bolin 7-5
2008 Michael Bolin 8-3
2007 Walter Barr 8-3
2006 Walter Barr 7-3
2005 Walter Barr 1-9
2004 Steve Campbell 1-9
2003 Steve Campbell 0-10
2002 Steve Campbell 3-7
2001 Steve Campbell 0-10
2000 Steve Campbell 2-8
1999 Ed Scott 1-9

Academic opportunities[edit]

Lord Fairfax Community College offers dual enrollment where students take an AP class and gain college credit that can be transferred to many in state and some out of state universities.

AP tests are also available to students to gain college credit.


In September 2011, Tommy Wiseau visited the school in order to conduct a seminar with the school's aspiring film group. Following the visit, he gave a plaque to the school with the words "Oh, Hi Colonels" engraved upon it.

Band Program[edit]

The Virginia Honor Band recognition and award was the result of a project and survey assigned to Vincent Tornello (Charlottesville Rig School) in the spring of 1979 by incoming Virginia Band & Orchestra Directors Association President Daniel Schoemmell (James Wood High School). The survey was in conjunction with the establishment of a state marching band festival. As part of the end result of such a festival, the recognition of bands displaying a comprehensive program was the intent of this prestigious award. Bands achieving superior ratings at the state marching festival and district concert festival were to be recognized with the highest honor that can be bestowed upon bands by the VBODA, Virginia Honor Band.

The following is a history, by school year, of Virginia Honor Band awards earned by Frederick County Bands:

James Wood High School Band Sherando High School Band Millbrook High School Band
1982-1983 1993-1994 2005-2006
1983-1984 1994-1995 2006-2007
1984-1985 1995-1996 2007-2008
1985-1986 1996-1997 2009-2010
1986-1987 1997-1998
1987-1988 1998-1999
1988-1989 1999-2000
1989-1990 2000-2001
1990-1991 2001-2002
1991-1992 2002-2003
1992-1993 2003-2004
1995-1996 2004-2005
1996-1997 2006-2007

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "James Wood High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved March 6, 2019.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 39°12′51.6″N 78°10′56.9″W / 39.214333°N 78.182472°W / 39.214333; -78.182472