Manchester High School (Virginia)

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Manchester High School
12601 Bailey Bridge Road

Coordinates37°24′25.7″N 77°37′23.7″W / 37.407139°N 77.623250°W / 37.407139; -77.623250Coordinates: 37°24′25.7″N 77°37′23.7″W / 37.407139°N 77.623250°W / 37.407139; -77.623250
School typePublic high school
School districtChesterfield County Public Schools
SuperintendentDr. James F. Lane
PrincipalChristy Ellis
Staff136.94 (FTE)[1]
Enrollment2,001 (2017-18)[1]
Student to teacher ratio14.61[1]
Color(s)    orange, and blue
Athletics conferenceVirginia High School League
AAA Central Region
AAA Dominion District
RivalsCosby High School
Meadowbrook High School

Manchester High School is a high school located in the unincorporated town of Midlothian in Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States.

The school is a part of Chesterfield County Public Schools.


In 1914, three schools consolidated to form Elkhardt School (eventually Elkhardt Middle School) at 6300 Hull Street Road, which had a faculty of four, including the principal. In 1916, the first public transportation to the school was provided by horse-drawn wagon. The name was changed to Manchester District High School in 1924, with the first graduating class, in 1925, consisting of eight students. Rapid population growth, following World War II, required that new facilities be built, and in fall 1964 the school was moved to 7401 Hull Street Road (now Manchester Middle School). Westward urban sprawl from the nearby city of Richmond, Virginia, required yet another move in 1992 to the current location at 12601 Bailey Bridge Road.[2]


Manchester shares many of its facilities with the adjacent Bailey Bridge Middle School. It is home to Lloyd Swelnis Stadium, named after the long-time Manchester athletic director. In 2003 closed-circuit cameras were installed in the building and parking lots to provide better security for students and staff. An addition to the main building was completed in 2004 to house the Mass Communications and Spanish-Immersion Specialty Centers.


Manchester High School has a diverse student body, consisting of approximately 1900 students, and is reflective of the multiple ethnicities present in Chesterfield County. The opening of Cosby High School in 2006, and the new location and recreation of Clover Hill High School has alleviated the over-crowding at Manchester High, allowing for the reduction in number of trailers previously used as classrooms.


Sports teams include baseball, basketball, football, cheerleading, volleyball, soccer, softball, field hockey, track and field, cross-country, tennis, wrestling, and golf. Notable clubs include a JROTC program, Foreign Language clubs, school news paper, Model UN, show choir, marching band, Red Cross and cheering. There is also a Mass communication and Spanish Immersion specialty center.

In 2018, Manchester High School won the Class 6 Virginia State Championship in Football.[3]

Notable alumni


  1. ^ a b c Manchester High
  2. ^ Manchester High School at Public School Review
  3. ^ Times-Dispatch, ERIC KOLENICH | Richmond. "Manchester finishes perfect season by overwhelming Freedom 49-7 and claiming the Class 6 state title". Richmond Times-Dispatch. Retrieved 2019-02-11.
  4. ^ DeShaun Amos profile, ESPN
  5. ^ "Kavell Conner - San Diego Chargers". NFL. Retrieved April 18, 2014.
  6. ^ "6 alumni of Chesterfield schools honored". Retrieved June 5, 2015.
  7. ^ Staff (October 4, 2012). "DENNY'S DIARY: Hamlin is encouraged but wary of Talladega". Richmond Times-Dispatch. Retrieved March 4, 2013.
  8. ^ "Manchester High School, 1999-2000, Boys Varsity Basketball". 2015. Retrieved February 3, 2015.
  9. ^ "Sean Marshall Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved December 10, 2012.