Matoaca High School

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Matoaca High School
Matoaca HS.jpg
17700 Longhouse Lane
Chesterfield, Virginia 23838
School type Public, high school
Founded 1963
School district Chesterfield County Public Schools
Superintendent James F. Lane
Principal Dr. John Murray
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1,873[1] (2014-15)
Campus Suburban
Color(s)                     Red, White, Black, and Gold
Mascot Warriors
Rival Schools Thomas Dale High School
Petersburg High School
Colonial Heights High School
Specialty Program Information Technology
Athletic Conference Virginia High School League
Central Region
Central District

Matoaca High School is an American secondary school in the Matoaca community of unincorporated Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States This is the newer campus of the school; the old school campus was converted into a middle school, known currently as Matoaca Middle School. The school's mascot is the Warrior. Matoaca is well known for its sports and its technology specialty center.

This school has a technology specialty program for students to learn about the computer industry, through teaching classes such as Oracle I and II, Cisco, and IT1 and 2 (Prep classes for Network+ and A+ certifications). Matoaca was formally the only school in Chesterfield County that distributed laptop computers for their students' use, but due to "students [failing] to show any academic gains compared with those in schools without laptops" the school discontinued their use for those not in the Specialty Center program.[2]

The school's only campus is located at 17700 Longhouse Lane in Chesterfield. However, the older school located at 6001 Hickory Road was converted into Matoaca Middle School's East Campus in approximately 2002, where the CBG (Center Based Gifted) program and 8th graders are housed. The school's East Campus covers over 100 acres.

Specialty Center[edit]

Matoaca High School specializes in technology. At the school, students enrolled in the Technology Center will be able to have Dell laptops and use them in their classes. However, current students will not receive laptops unless they are in the specialty center.[citation needed]

Laptop Program[edit]

Matoaca's program for providing students with laptops ended after the class of 2006 left the school. Students enrolled in the school during the 2006 school year were able to continue using their laptops until the end of their senior years. Teachers and Specialty Center students are still issued laptops.

The program was ended after the significant growth in the school's general student population exceeded the campus's official capacity, in addition to prohibitive costs. The money was instead used for transportation in Chesterfield County, which was seen as a higher priority at the time of the program's termination. Following the graduation of the 2006 class, the school held an end-of-term sale in June, which allowed any student to purchase a retired Dell laptop for approximately $600. Remaining laptops were distributed to other parts of Chesterfield County.

Clubs and Organizations[edit]

Matoaca offers numerous clubs and organizations for students to join and explore their interests. These clubs and organizations are categorized in the following five ways: Curriculum-Based Clubs, Honor Clubs, School-Sponsored Clubs, Student-Interest Clubs, and World Language Clubs.

The curriculum-based clubs are:

  • Art Club
  • Behind the Wheel
  • DECA
  • Drama Club
  • Environmental Club
  • Friends of Jack Coryell
  • Journalism Club
  • Poetry Club
  • Psychology Club
  • Science Club
  • TSA
  • Yearbook

The honor clubs consist of:

The school-sponsored clubs are:

The student-interest clubs consist of:

  • Academic Team (Academic Challenge)
  • American Red Cross Club
  • Fandom Club
  • Best Buds
  • Beta Beta Kappa (Book Club)
  • Chess Club
  • F.O.R (Friends of Rachel)
  • Faculty Fitness Club
  • FCA
  • Film Club
  • Improv Club
  • Military Careers Club
  • Multi-Cultural Club
  • Musicians Club
  • Outdoors Club
  • Ping Pong Club
  • Young Writers' Club

Finally, the world language clubs are listed as:

  • Cercle de Francais
  • German Club
  • Latin Club
  • Spanish Club

Other extracurricular groups at Matoaca High School include marching band, color guard, dance team, and cheerleading.[3]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Matoaca High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved October 11, 2017. 
  2. ^ Hu, Winnie (May 4, 2007). "Seeing No Progress, Some Schools Drop Laptops". The New York Times. Retrieved August 10, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on January 4, 2013. Retrieved October 25, 2012. 
  4. ^ Buettner, Michael (June 6, 2012). "Schools' outstanding alumni honored by foundation". Chesterfield Observer. Retrieved March 12, 2014. 
  5. ^ White, Jeff. "Farrior and Miller Carry UVa Banner in Super Bowl XLV". University of Virginia Athletics. Retrieved March 12, 2014. 

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