Landstown High School

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Landstown High School
Landstown High School (crest).jpg
2001 Concert Drive
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23456
United States
School type Public, high school
Founded 2001
School district Virginia Beach City Public Schools
Superintendent Dr. Aaron C. Spence
Principal Dr. Cheryl C. Askew
Staff 211
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 2,173 (2017–18)
Language English
Color(s)                     Black, Royal Blue, Silver, and White
Athletics conference Virginia High School League
Beach District
Eastern Region
Mascot Eagle
Rival Floyd E. Kellam High School
Feeder schools Corporate Landing Middle School, Landstown Middle School

Landstown High School Governor's STEM and Technology Academy is a public secondary school located in Virginia Beach, Virginia which first opened in 2001.[1]

The school features the Technology Academy and Governor's STEM Academy, two of several magnet programs in Virginia Beach. Students throughout the city interested in a technology education can apply to learn from three different strands: pre-engineering technology, information technology, and entrepreneurship technology. Entry to the Academy requires recommendations, above average grades, and an electronic portfolio which demonstrates aptitude. It was founded as a general high school and technology magnet school in 2001 and additionally designated a Governor's STEM Academy during the 2012–2013 school year.[2]

Landstown is home to the award winning "Eagle Elite" Madrigal (Chamber) Choir. Under the direction of Dr. Martha Springstead, the choral department has performed in NYC (2005) with the Heritage Festivals of Gold at Riverside Church, and are members of the Disney Honors, Class of 2006, Class of 2011, and Class of 2015 held at Disney World.[3]

Technology & Governor's STEM Academy[edit]

  • Technology Academy

The Technology Academy at Landstown High School opened as one of several magnet programs in the school district in September 2001. It features a cutting-edge curriculum designed for students with a deep interest in and talent for technology. The innovative learning environment provides students the added advantage of combining academic and technical training that will prepare them for a variety of post-graduation choices.

  • Governor's STEM Academy

The Governor’s STEM Academy for Engineering, Marketing, and Information Technology was unanimously approved by the Virginia State Board of Education for implementation in the 2012–2013 school year at Landstown High School. This Academy provides rigorous, advanced academic 4 year plans of study for students in the high-demand fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

School Administration[edit]

  • Dr. Cheryl C. Askew - Principal
  • Elizabeth Bryant - Assistant Principal
  • Wellinthon Munoz - Assistant Principal
  • Michael Nelson - Assistant Principal
  • Jason Stanley - Assistant Principal
  • R. Leisette Diehl - Academy Coordinator
  • TBA - Administrative Assistant
  • David Siock - Student Activities Coordinator
  • Melody Cariello - School Counseling Department Chair
  • Kara Barco - School Improvement Specialist


Landstown High School was named one of only 60 Partnership for 21st Century Learning (P21) exemplar schools in the U.S., listed as one of the Washington Post’s top eight percent of all U.S. high schools, maintains a decade of full state accreditation, is Home of Blue Ribbon Literary and Fine Arts programs (including the Superior-rated orchestra under the direction of Mrs. Angela Henry), is one of only approximately 200 schools in America to receive back-to-back National Association of Student Councils (NASC) Gold Awards of Excellence, in its fourth year of the prestigious Governor’s STEM Academy whilst having continued AVID National Demonstration Site – one of only 78 high schools in the nation, offers over $7.4 Million in offered scholarships (according to the class of 2015), and is the recipient of nine VHSL Sportsmanship Awards.

Landstown High School is also the home of six VHSL State Championships.

Athletic honors[edit]

Main entrance to Landstown High School

Landstown's football team went to three consecutive state championship games between 2003–2005 under Coach Chris Beatty, who led the team to a 40–2 record during that three year span. They won the state championship in 2004 but lost in 2003 and 2005. The star players during this time were Percy Harvin, Devon Simmons, and Damon McDaniel.[4][5] In early 2006, Coach Beatty left Landstown to become the offensive coordinator at Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia followed by a stint at Northern Illinois University. As of March 2009, he is an assistant football coach at West Virginia University.[6]

Harvin set five state track records while he was at Landstown High, winning five gold medals at the state finals in 2005: long jump, triple jump, 100 meters, 200 meters and 400-meter relay.[7]

  • 2005 State championship winner, Boys outdoor track team
  • 2006 Regional championship winner, Boys soccer team.
  • 2006 State championship winner, Girls track team.
  • 2008 Nike Indoor Nationals National title in the 4 × 200 meter relay, Girls indoor track team, running a US #1 time of 1:40:08. All-American honors awarded to relay members Kelnesha Hinnant, Olivia Hutchins, Cierra McGee and Marlena Wesh.[8] Wesh also won the 200 meter dash National title with a time of 24.46. Wesh competed in the 2012 Summer Olympics for Haiti.[9]
  • 2008 annual Penn Relays Carnival, Girls outdoor track, placing 4th in the 4 × 100 meter relay, with a time of 46.07, the fastest American time. Relay team members Olivia Hutchins,[10] Leah Brown, Cierra McGee, and Marlena Wesh were awarded gold watches and advanced to the Championship of America.[8][11]
  • 2008 state championship winner, Girls indoor track team. They were the first team in the history of Virginia track and field to win all three relay titles: the 4 × 800 meter relay, the 4 × 100 meter relay, & the 4 × 400 meter relay. They also tied the record for the most points ever scored at the VHSL AAA state track and field meet with a score of 94 points. Eagles members were awarded All-State honors.[12]
  • Javonte Culbreath is awarded Beach District Honorable Mention for the 2011–2012 varsity basketball season
  • 2015 State semifinalist, Girls Soccer. In their first ever trip to the State Tournament, the Lady Eagles ended their season 17–3–2, the three losses came in the post-season tournaments and were by a goal. The team outscored their opponents 65-to-9 overall and recorded 17 overall shutouts (not all were wins). They were the Coastal Conference 1 regular season champions (winning all six of their games), the conference's tournament runner-up (lost 1-0 to Cox in overtime), and the South Region tournament's runner-up (lost 1-0 to Cox). In the State semifinals, they ended up losing 2-1 to defending State champion, Battlefield.

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Landstown High School". AE Systems. Ambassor Enterprises, Inc. Retrieved 2006-06-12. 
  2. ^ "Landstown High School Governor's STEM and Technology Academy". Landstown High School. Retrieved May 12, 2013. 
  3. ^ Rowe, Jane Bloodworth (2006-03-16). "It's their honor to be able to go to Disney World". The Virginian Pilot. 
  4. ^ Dillon, Liam (December 11, 2005). "Oakton's Sweet Taste of Success". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2009-12-14. 
  5. ^ Frankenberry, Jami (2005-12-20). "Landstown stars commit to University of Florida". Virginian-Pilot. The Washington Post. Retrieved 2009-12-14. 
  6. ^ Tucker, Kyle (2008-06-29). "The beat goes on for former Landstown coach Beatty". The Virginian Pilot. PilotOnline. Retrieved 2009-03-30. 
  7. ^ Squires, David. "With top track stars out, medals are up for grabs". Retrieved 12 June 2006. 
  8. ^ a b Rubama, Larry (2008-04-24). "Penn Relays: Landstown girls make Championship of America in two races". The Virginian-Pilot. Retrieved 2009-12-15. 
  9. ^ Rubama, Larry (May 21, 2012). "Ex-Landstown sprinter Wesh going to Olympics". The Virginian-Pilot. Retrieved July 25, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Olivia Hutchins". East Carolina University. Retrieved 2009-12-15. 
  11. ^ VHSL Group AAA State Indoor T&F Championships
  12. ^ Miles, Brandon (2008-03-01). "Landstown girls & Western Branch boys are the champions". Retrieved 2009-12-15. 

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Coordinates: 36°46′46.4″N 76°6′3.2″W / 36.779556°N 76.100889°W / 36.779556; -76.100889