Magna Vista High School (Virginia)

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Magna Vista High School
701 Magna Vista School Road
Ridgeway, Virginia 24148
United States
Coordinates 36°35′35″N 79°53′28″W / 36.59306°N 79.89111°W / 36.59306; -79.89111Coordinates: 36°35′35″N 79°53′28″W / 36.59306°N 79.89111°W / 36.59306; -79.89111
School type Public high school
Established 1988
School district Henry County Public Schools
Principal Jamese Black
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 911[1]
Color(s)              Navy, Red, Silver
Athletics conference 3A West Classification
Mascot Warrior

Magna Vista High School is a comprehensive public high school in Henry County, Virginia. Named for the Magna Vista plantation which previously occupied the land on which it is situated,[2] it is located approximately three miles west of the town of Ridgeway, Virginia and ten miles (16 km) south of the city of Martinsville, Virginia. Magna Vista currently enrolls approximately 500 students in grades 9-12. It is one of two comprehensive high schools operated by Henry County Public Schools.

Opened in 1988, the campus consists of a state-of-the-art greenhouse, livestock barn, and extensive athletic facilities. The school is situated on a wooded 110-acre (0.45 km2) tract of land in close proximity to Chestnut Knob, the highest point in Henry County.


Magna Vista High School replaced the former Drewry Mason High School and George Washington Carver High School, both of which became middle schools. Declining enrollment in the 1990s left each of the four Henry County high schools operating at less than 50% capacity, and long-term deferred maintenance left many schools in a state of disrepair. In 2004, the county implemented a reorganization plan that closed five schools and consolidated four high schools and four middle schools to create two high schools and two middle schools.[3]

Laurel Park High School and Magna Vista High School were consolidated at the Magna Vista site. The school name and mascot remained the same but red, one of the Laurel Park school colors, was added to the Magna Vista navy blue, silver, and white. Following its closure as a high school, Laurel Park became a middle school serving students in the Magna Vista attendance zone.



Magna Vista High School's student body is 57% White; 32% Black; and 7% Hispanic.[1] 52% of Magna Vista students receive free or reduced lunch.[4]

The school serves a large, mostly rural geographic area which encompasses the communities of Axton, Chatmoss, Chestnut Knob, Horsepasture, Irisburg, Laurel Park, Leatherwood, Preston, Rich Acres, Ridgeway, Sandy Level, Spencer, Mountain Valley and the eastern, southern, and western suburbs of Martinsville.

Axton Elementary, Carver Elementary, Drewry Mason Elementary, Mt. Olivet Elementary, and Rich Acres Elementary feed into Laurel Park Middle School which feeds into Magna Vista High School.

Reflecting the long-term enrollment decline in Henry County Public Schools, Magna Vista's student population has decreased by almost 300 students since 2004.[1]


Library Media Center

The school operates on a 4x4 block schedule. The school year is divided into two semesters and six six-week grading periods. Students may earn eight course credits during one school year.

Magna Vista offers students a program of studies that includes an extensive selection of Advanced Placement (AP) courses, as well as a wide variety of career and technical course offerings. The school provides opportunities for highly motivated and intellectually gifted students to attend the Piedmont Governor's School for Mathematics, Science, and Technology, which is located on the campus of New College Institute. The ACE (Accelerated College Education) Program was introduced during the 2008-2009 school year. Students enrolled in ACE are dually enrolled in high school and community college courses and earn an associate degree from Patrick Henry Community College upon graduation. Students not opting to complete the full ACE program can take individual dual enrollment classes and earn community college credit that in many cases can be transferred to a four-year college or university.

Chemistry Lab

Magna Vista High School is fully accredited by the Commonwealth of Virginia based on the 2010-2011 results of the Virginia Standards of Learning tests. The school has met federal standards for Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) as required by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.[1]



Magna Vista teams play in the 3A West Classification. The mascot is the Warrior. Magna Vista made history by becoming the first high school to win a state title during its first year of operation with its victory in the 1989 AA boys basketball championship. The school won the state AA boys basketball title in 1998, the AA girls basketball championship in 2004, and the AA golf title in 2005. The warriors won the Virginia football 3A state championship in 2014 and 2015.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d "DOE BI". Retrieved 2013-10-05. 
  2. ^ "Site: Hairston Plantations - African American Heritage VA". Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  3. ^ "Consolidation savings around $1.25 million". Martinsville Bulletin. 2005-04-10. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  4. ^ "Virginia Department of Education, Office of School Nutrition Programs (SNP)" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-10-30. 
  5. ^ "Virginia High School League Book of Records : Seventh Edition - 2011-12" (PDF).\accessdate=2013-10-30. 

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