Kempsville High School

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Kempsville High School
5194 Chief Trail
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23464
United States
School typePublic, high school
School districtVirginia Beach City Public Schools
SuperintendentDr. Aaron C. Spence
PrincipalMelissa S. George
Enrollment1,538 (2017-18)
Color(s)               Royal Blue, Red, and Silver
Athletics conferenceVirginia High School League
Communities servedKempsville
Feeder schoolsAll Virginia Beach Middle Schools

Kempsville High School is a comprehensive public high school for students in grades 9-12 in the Virginia Beach City Public Schools system. In the western section of the city, the Kempsville High School covers approximately 12 sq. miles and draws students from Kempsville Middle School and Larkspur Middle School.

It is about one mile south of Interstate 264. The mascot is an Indian Chief and the school colors are red, royal blue, and silver.


In the fall of 2016, Kempsville High School became home to the Virginia Beach City Public Schools newest academy program: The Entrepreneurship and Business Academy at Kempsville High School. Students from across the school division can apply to attend this academy.

A normal school day at Kempsville High is organized into an A/B block schedule with four class periods. Semester courses earn one-half credit, and year courses earn one credit upon successful completion of the course.

All students at Kempsville High School have the opportunity to earn dual enrollment credit through Tidewater Community College, attend the Governor’s Magnet School for the Arts, attend the Technical and Career Education Center, attend the Advanced Technology Center, and the evening credit program at Renaissance Academy.

The school mission statement is “Kempsville High School is committed to equipping students to be independent, responsible, academically proficient, technically and globally literate critical and creative thinkers."[1]


Kempsville High School opened its doors to students in 1924. The original building, plus its adjacent gymnasium, stand to this day.

The present building, which opened in 1966, is the third building to have the name Kempsville High School. From 1959 until 1966, students living in the Kempsville area attended Princess Anne High School. In 1966, when the growth of the city required the construction of neighborhood high schools, Kempsville High School reopened at its current location, serving grades eight through twelve. In 1969, grades eight and nine moved to the newly opened Kempsville Junior High School. The ninth grade moved back to the high school in September 1993. Currently, Kempsville High School houses approximately 1,500 students in grades nine through twelve.


Kempsville High School offers an array of academic courses that include standard courses, honors courses and advanced placement courses. These courses include:[2]

AP Studio Art, AP Art History, AP English Literature and Composition, AP English Language and Composition, AP U.S. History, AP Human Geography, AP U.S. Government and Politics, AP European History, AP Psychology, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Computer Science, AP Environmental Science, AP Statistics, AP Calculus AB, AP French Language, AP Spanish Language, AP Spanish Literature, AP German Language, and AP Latin: Vergil.

The Entrepreneurship and Business Academy at Kempsville High School will offer courses in three academic strand areas: Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Business Information Technology, and Corporate Finance. Students enrolled in the academy program can pursue an associate degree through Tidewater Community College.


Statistics and demographics[edit]

The enrollment during the 2015-16 school year was 1,456 students.

The average class size in the 2015-16 school year were:

  • 22.1 students in English
  • 21.7 students in Math
  • 23.4 students in Science
  • 24.5 students in Social Studies

according to the Virginia Beach City Public Schools Annual School Report Card 2015-16.

The following is the percentage of students by ethnicity according to the 2015-16 Virginia Beach City Public Schools Annual School Report Card:

  • African American: 20.7%
  • American Indian: 0.5%
  • Asian: 4.1%
  • Caucasian: 59.0%
  • Hispanic: 9.8%
  • Native Hawaiian: 0.3%
  • Multiracial: 5.6%
  • Female students: 47.6%
  • Male students: 52.4%
  • Economically disadvantaged students: 33.1%
  • Gifted students: 9.1%
  • Students with limited English proficiency: 0.1%
  • Special education students: 16.3%

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Kempsville High School offers a wide variety of extracurricular activities and VHSL Sports for students to participate in. For more information visit the Kempsville High School athletics page:

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Kempsville High - History". Virginia Beach City Public Schools. Retrieved 11 December 2017.
  2. ^ "About Kempsville High School". Retrieved 4 April 2010.
  3. ^ "Bestseller -- USA Today".

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 36°49′15.6″N 76°9′25.8″W / 36.821000°N 76.157167°W / 36.821000; -76.157167