Kempsville High School

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Kempsville High School
5194 Chief Trail
Virginia Beach, Virginia, 23464
United States
School type Public, high school
Founded 1966
School district Virginia Beach City Public Schools
Superintendent Dr. Aaron C. Spence
Principal Mr. William W. Harris
Staff 135
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1,959 (as of May 2010)
Language English
Color(s)                Royal Blue, Red, and Silver
Athletics conference Virginia High School League
Beach District
Eastern Region
Mascot Chiefs
Rival Green Run High School, Salem High School, Tallwood High School
Communities served Kempsville

Kempsville High School is one of eleven public high schools in the Virginia Beach City Public Schools system. It is a comprehensive high school teaching grades 9-12. Located in the western section of the city, the Kempsville HS school district covers approximately 12 sq. miles, and draws students from both Kempsville Middle School and Larkspur Middle School. The school day is organized into an A/B block schedule with four class periods of 93 minutes each. Within a normal day, students attend three classes and a 42-minute study block and a 41-minute lunch. Upon request, students may enroll in seven or eight classes in lieu of lunch and study block. Semester courses earn one-half credit, and year courses earn one credit upon successful completion of the course. While enrolled in academics at Kempsville High School, students can also attend additional programs. These include dual enrollment, the Governor’s Magnet School for the Arts, the Technical and Career Education Center, Virginia Beach Central Academy, Advanced Technology Center, and the evening credit program at Open Campus High School.[1]

School Administration[edit]

Mr. William W. Harris - Principal

Dr. Donna G. Elliott - Assistant Principal

Mr. Patrick Flanagan - Assistant Principal

Mrs. Melissa George - Assistant Principal

Mr. Tim Wolf - Student Activities Coordinator

Ms. April Harmon - Guidance Director

Mr. John Cosimano - School Improvement Specialist


Kempsville High School opened its doors to students in 1924. The original building, plus its adjacent gymnasium, still 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 of 1993. Currently, Kempsville High School houses approximately 2,300 students in grades nine through twelve. It is located about one mile south of Interstate 264. The mascot is an Indian chief and the school colors are red, royal blue, and silver.[1]


Kempsville offers an array of honors as well as standard courses and advanced placement, 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.


Statistics and demographics[edit]

The teacher to student ratio is 1:15 [2] that is one teacher to every sixteen students. The average class size is 21.9 student per class.

the following is a breakdown of the class room size per subject of study.[3]

  • English 20.4
  • Mathematics 21.9
  • Science24.4
  • Social Studies24.7

The following is the percentage of students according to ethnicity.[3]

  • African American: 17.2%
  • American Indian: 0.7%
  • Asian: 5.4%
  • Caucasian: 69.7%
  • Hispanic: 4.0%
  • Native Hawaiian: 0.3%
  • Unspecific: 2.7%

Extracurricular activities[edit]




Other activities offered:

Vocational programs:


In 2008, it was listed by Newsweek as one of the top 1,300 schools in the country, along with six other schools from the Virginia Beach area.[4]

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Kempsville High School "Profile 2007-2008" Check |url= scheme (help) (PDF). Retrieved 4 April 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Great Schools website: "About Kempsville High School" Check |url= scheme (help). Retrieved 4 April 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Virginia Beach City Public Schools "Kempsville Annual Report Card, Issued 2008-2009" Check |url= scheme (help) (PDF). Retrieved 4 April 2010. 
  4. ^ "The Top of the Class 2008: The complete list of the 1,300 top U.S. high schools". Newsweek. 17 May 2008. Retrieved 2 April 2010. [dead link]

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