King's Fork High School

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King's Fork High School
Kings Fork High in Suffolk.jpg
351 Kings Fork Road
Suffolk, Virginia 23434
United States
School type Public, high school
Founded 2003
School district Suffolk City Public Schools
Superintendent Dr. Deran R. Whitney
Principal Dr. Ronald M. Leigh, Ed.D.
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 1,468[1] (2014-15)
Language English
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Maroon and Vegas Gold
Athletics conference Virginia High School League
AAA Eastern Region
Southeastern District
Mascot Bulldogs
Rival Lakeland High School
Nansemond River High School
Feeder schools King's Fork Middle School
John F. Kennedy Middle School

King's Fork High School is located in Suffolk, Virginia. It is administered by Suffolk City Public Schools. The school colors are maroon and Vegas gold, and the official mascot is the Bulldog.

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.

Building design[edit]

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.

Extracurricular activities[edit]

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.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "King's Fork High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved October 11, 2017. 

Coordinates: 36°47′4.3″N 76°35′34.2″W / 36.784528°N 76.592833°W / 36.784528; -76.592833