John Handley High School

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John Handley High School
425 Handley Boulevard
Winchester, Virginia 22601
United States
School type Endowed Public high school
Founded 1923
School district Winchester Public Schools
Superintendent Dr. Jason Van Heukelum
Principal Michael Dufrene
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 1300 (2014-15 [3])
Language English
Color(s)           Maroon, White
Athletics conference Virginia High School League
VHSL Group 4A North Region-Conference 21A
Mascot Judges
Rival James Wood High School
Sherando High School
Millbrook High School
Skyline High School
Woodgrove High School
Yearbook The Handlian
John Handley High School is located in Virginia
John Handley High School
John Handley High School is located in the US
John Handley High School
Location 425 Handley Blvd., Winchester, Virginia
Coordinates 39°10′40″N 78°10′34″W / 39.17778°N 78.17611°W / 39.17778; -78.17611Coordinates: 39°10′40″N 78°10′34″W / 39.17778°N 78.17611°W / 39.17778; -78.17611
Area 40 acres (16 ha)
Built 1921 (1921)
Architect McCornack, W.R.; Olmsted Brothers
Architectural style Classical Revival
NRHP reference # 98001070[1]
VLR # 138-5001
Significant dates
Added to NRHP August 14, 1998
Designated VLR June 17, 1998[2]

John Handley High School is an endowed public high school located in the city of Winchester, Virginia. It was founded by a grant from Judge John Handley, hence the school mascot, the Judges. Construction on Handley High School started in 1922, and continues to the present day. Recently, the school completed the final phase of its multimillion-dollar renovation with the addition of an 8-lane track and a turf football field. The school is planning renovations to its tennis courts in the upcoming years, due in part to the girls' three-peat state champions. In 1998, Handley was placed on the list of the National Register of Historic Places.


Handley has many AP classes: AP World History, AP US History, AP Government & Politics, AP Physics C: Mechanics, AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Environmental Science, AP French Language, AP German Language, AP Spanish Language, AP Spanish Literature, AP Latin, AP English Language, AP English Literature, AP Statistics, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC.[4]

In addition to the many AP classes, John Handley High School is one of the participating schools in the Mountain Vista Governor's School Program.[5]


Handley supports a winning athletics department. The Boys' Outdoor Track Team has a tradition of excellent runners, winning a VHSL-record seven titles from 1935-41. Since 1948, John Handley High School has won a VHSL-record eight boys' titles, its last Group AA championship coming in 1993. The 1999 Baseball team won the program's 1st and only state title with a 25-1 record. The baseball program had a two-year record of 46-4 during 1999 and 2000 seasons. The Girls' Tennis Team is now a three-peat state championship team, placing first in VA AA state in 2007, 2008, and now 2009. In 2009, the Boys' Basketball team finished as Regional II Champions. The 2009-2010 football team beat Kettle Run 31-0 in their homecoming game in October 2009. The school boasts two State Football Championships in 1984 and 1994 and one additional State Championship appearance in 1999. The 2009-2010 Handley football team went 12-1 for their whole season ending at the state semifinal in 2009, losing to Bruton High School 10-7 after two missed field goal attempts. The 2010 Boys' Varsity Soccer finished undefeated in the Northwestern District, and place first in the District championship, but loss in the first round of Regional play to Potomac Falls by the score of 2-1.

Mentions in the Media[edit]

  • In September 2017, Architectural Digest named Handley the most beautiful public high school in Virginia[6]
  • In April 2018, BuzzFeed wrote an article that mentioned JHHS as well as the Winchester Public School System. the article detailed the inaction that has taken place at Handley in reference to protecting students who are victims of sexual assault.[7]

In June 2018, the Washington Post wrote an article detailing how one student was abducted and sexually assaulted. Despite a judge finding her assailant guilty in court and issuing a no contact resolution, the school still requires them to attend school together.

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "Virginia Landmarks Register". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "School Report Card" (PDF). Virginia Department of Education. Retrieved 2009-05-20. 
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  6. ^ Waldek, S. "The Most Beautiful Public High School in Every State in America". Architectural Digest. Architectural Digest. Retrieved 15 February 2018. 
  7. ^ "He Said His Teammates Assaulted Him. Then His School Kept Their Punishment Secret". BuzzFeed. Retrieved 2018-05-27.