King's Fork High School
|King's Fork High School|
351 Kings Fork Road|
Suffolk, Virginia 23434
|School type||Public, high school|
|School district||Suffolk City Public Schools|
|Superintendent||Dr. Deran R. Whitney|
|Principal||Dr. Ronald M. Leigh, Ed.D.|
|Color(s)||Maroon and Vegas Gold ██|
Virginia High School League|
AAA Eastern Region
Lakeland High School |
Nansemond River High School
King's Fork Middle School|
John F. Kennedy Middle School
King's Fork was founded in 2003, and was designed by the architectural firm of Ripley Rodriguez Maddox Motley. It was commissioned by Suffolk City Public Schools due to a widespread economic expansion in sprawl in the western Hampton Roads area.
Due to rezoning, students at King's Fork High are drawn from the Northwestern quadrants of the city, including the King's Fork area, Crittenden, and Hobson. Students are also drawn from the southern Nansemond Parkway/Wilroy Road area, and shares Downtown neighborhoods with Lakeland High School.
According to Ripley Rodriguez Maddox Motley, "Each house contains space for assistant principal, guidance counselor, teacher work areas, general classrooms, science labs, and resource spaces in addition to two to three specialized career/technical subjects. A guidance suite was also included near Administration for flexibility in future guidance arrangements. Science labs are designed as generically as possible with only Chemistry having a necessary uniqueness. Each pair of science lecture spaces shares a wet lab and preparation partitions. Specialty subjects such as Agriculture, Work/Family Studies, Health, JROTC, and Liberal Arts that are not suited for location within houses are properly placed according to need and required access. Instructional areas typically share a small computer lab. The small lab requires less building area but offers more computers per classroom when time-sharing is utilized."
King's Fork High School offers an extensive range of courses at core, honors, and Advanced Placement levels, in addition to various dual enrollment classes offered through the Hobbs campus of Paul D. Camp Community College, also located in Suffolk, and through Tidewater Community College. In addition to academic courses, King's Fork High offers a range of agricultural and resource management courses.
Due to the nature of student interests at the school, only certain core subjects are offered at the AP level at King's Fork, and the arts department often has too few students for courses in music theory or other such classes. However, beginning in the 2008-2009 school year, King's Fork began offering courses beginning at the freshman level through the IB (International Baccalaureate) program, in addition to its current curriculum.
King's Fork High has an athletic program; however, due to the school's relative new status, few of the programs have yet to build up to a successful level. The most notable of these are men's and women's varsity basketball teams, which have broken through to the district and regional level. The 2008-2009 men's varsity basketball team won the AAA state championship.
The first extracurricular program to achieve statewide recognition from King's Fork was the drama program, which won second place at the 2006 AAA VHSL Theater Festival, under the direction of former drama teacher Clyde Berry.
In 2017, the Bulldogs football team made school history by winning its first ever Southeastern District title. Notable about the victory was the fact that King's Fork upset longtime powerhouse Oscar Smith, and ended Smith's 99-game district win streak - which dated back to 2006 - in a 29-23 win.
|Fall Athletics||Boys & Girls Team|
|Girls||Cheerleading, Cross Country, JV & Varsity Field Hockey, Varsity Volleyball|
|Boys||Golf, JV Football, Varsity Volleyball|
|Girls||Indoor Track, JV & Varsity Basketball||Swimming|
|Boys||Indoor Track, JV & Varsity Basketball, JV & Varsity Wrestling|
|Girls||JV & Varsity Soccer, JV & Varsity Softball, Outdoor Track, Tennis|
|Boys||JV & Varsity Baseball, JV & Varsity Soccer, Outdoor Track, Tennis|
- Charming Young Ladies
- Drama Club
- Fellowship of Christian Athletes
- International Club
- Kennel Watchdog Club
- Key Club
- National Honor Society
- Scholastic Bowl
- Spirit Club
- Student Council Association
- Technology Student Association
- Video Game Club
- Student Council Association
- Lex Luger - Record Producer
- Sugar Rodgers - WNBA guard for the New York Liberty
- Chuck Clark - NFL safety for the Baltimore Ravens
- Lataisia Jones - First black recipient of a Doctor of Philosophy degree at the Florida State University
- Jaleesha Carter - Jaleesha was a member of the King’s Fork Volleyball team and received her B.S. in Chemistry from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2012, and received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the Howard University School of Medicine in 2016. Jaleesha is also a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
- Shaka Miller - All Southeastern District in Football and Basketball at King’s Fork High School. Received a Football scholarship to Morgan State University where he played and lettered for four years. After graduating from college he returned to teach (CTE) at King’s Fork High School where he also coached. Mr. Miller currently serves as an administrator at Elephant’s Fork Elementary School. His jersey hangs in the Hall of Champions at King’s Fork High School.
- Keith Ricks - At King’s Fork High School, Keith was an AAU national champion in the 4x400-meter relay, running 3:10.42 ; three-time AAU All-American, twice in the 4x100-meter relay and once in the 200-meter dash. As a senior, he was ranked No. 3 in the nation in the 55-meter dash, and recorded the sixth-fastest time in the event in state meet history . He ranked No. 1 in Virginia in the 55 and 200-meter dashes , earned No. 2 ranking in Virginia in the 300-meter and 400-meter dashes, and also ranked third in the nation in the 300-meter. He finished runner-up at the 2008 VHSL AAA state meet in the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes. He was also part of King’s Fork High School’s first 4X100 Relay State Championship team.
- JaQuan Parker - Cincinnati Bearcats men's basketball / Guard
- Davante Gardner - Professional basketball overseas in Japan for the Nishinomiya Storks & Marquette Golden Eagles men's basketball (2010–2014)
- Kristie Hashigami - Received an appointment to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. Kristi graduated and received her commission from the United States Naval Academy on May 27, 2016. She has a degree in Political Science.
- Davon Grayson - Davon Grayson is one of nine receivers who were added to the 2017 Biletnikoff Award Watch List...; In 2018 Davon Grayson signed with the New York Giants, becoming the second Bulldog in back to back years to be signed or drafted by an NFL team.
- Caleb Parsons - named a 2015 Military Child of the Year by Operation Homefront..;currently in his second year at the United States Military Academy at West Point.
- Frank Bane - Frank Bane was the first executive director of the Social Security Board and the official who drew up the nation's Social Security program. Mr. Bane was one of the most influential yet least known men in the federal government from 1930 through the 1950s. He helped develop the concept of public welfare into a major governmental function. During World War II, he organized national rationing of tires, cars, gasoline, sugar, coffee, meat and other commodities. He was Regents' professor at the University of California in Berkeley in 1964 and lectured at universities here and abroad until 1976. Mr. Bane was born in Smithfield, Va. He earned a bachelor's degree at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Va., and did graduate work at Columbia University. He taught in Virginia, served as the principal of King’s Fork High School and Superintendent of Nansemond County Schools. Mr. Bane later went to Tennessee as director of the state's public welfare program.
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