Monacan High School

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Coordinates: 37°28′44.6″N 77°36′48″W / 37.479056°N 77.61333°W / 37.479056; -77.61333

Monacan High School
11501 Smoketree Drive
Richmond, Virginia 23236
School type Public high school
Founded 1979
School district Chesterfield County Public Schools
Superintendent Marcus Newsome
Principal William Broyles
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 1,650 (2010–2011)
Language English
Campus Suburban
Mascot Chief
Athletic Conference Virginia High School League
AAAA Central Region
AAAA Dominion District

Monacan High School is a public secondary school in Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States, near the city of Richmond.

The school is a part of Chesterfield County Public Schools. The school was founded in 1979, and its enrollment is roughly 1450 students. The Chiefs Stadium underwent massive renovation in 2013, when they replaced all the bleachers and installed brand new sound systems. The school underwent a major renovation in the summer of 2015 into the fall of 2016. The almost $30 Million dollar renovation brought a brand new fine arts wing, including new band, chorus, orchestra, and black box theater spaces, along with a music production lab. Connected to the new fine arts wing is a new athletic space including a new 6 court gym and premier training facility. Also apart of the renovation, brand new main and counseling office spaces.

Stan Murmur, of the Stan Murmur controversy, taught at Monacan High School.


Sports include field hockey, tennis, football, soccer, track, indoor track, cross country, baseball, softball, wrestling, basketball, cheering, volleyball, forensics, debate, and golf.

Monacan High School is a member of the Dominion District in all sports. Notable moments in Monacan Sports include:

  • 1980 – Boys Cross Country Team wins Group AAA State Championships
  • 1981 – Girls and Boys Cross Country Teams win Group AAA State Championships
  • 1979 – 1986 Boys Cross Country went undefeated in Dual Meets and won eight straight Dominion District Championships
  • 1982 – Boys Tennis Wins Dominion District and Central Regional Championships
  • 1983 – Boys Baseball Team wins the Central District Baseball Championship and Central Region Baseball Championship
  • 1985 – Boys Basketball Team beats Number One Ranked Petersburg Team and goes to State Playoffs
  • 1985 – Boys Baseball Team completes an undefeated regular season; Six members of the Boys Baseball Team help American Legion Post 186 win the World Series
  • 1989 – Boys Baseball Team wins Central Region Baseball Championship, Football Team wins Central Region Football Semifinals
  • 1992 – Debate Team wins VHSL State Championship[1]
  • 1994 – Girls Basketball Team wins Central Region Girls Basketball Championship (63–62)
  • 1998 – Boys Volleyball Team wins State Group 3A Championship
  • 2000 – Forensics Team wins 3A State Tournament
  • 2002 – Boys Volleyball Team wins State Group 3A Championship
  • 2004 – Boys Tennis Team wins Dominion District Championship (15–0) Central Region Finalists
  • 2006 – Baseball wins State Group 3A Championship
  • 2007 – Dominion District Forensics Sweeps
  • 2007 – Boys Volleyball Dominion District Regular Season and Tournament Champions
  • 2008 – Dominion District Forensics Sweeps
  • 2008 – Central Region Forensics 2nd Place Sweeps
  • 2009 – Dominion District Debate Sweeps
  • 2009 – Golf Team wins Dominion District Regular season and Tournament Champions
  • 2010 – Dominion District Debate second Place Sweeps
  • 2010 – Central Region Debate Sweeps
  • 2010 – Boys Basketball Team wins Dominion District
  • 2012 – Girls Basketball Team wins Dominion District
  • 2014 – Girls Basketball Team wins States
  • 2015 – Girls Basketball Team wins States
  • 2015 – Boys Basketball Team wins States
  • 2015 – Girls Soccer Team wins 4A East Regionals
  • 2016 - Boys Volleyball Team wins 4A Western Section Regionals
  • 2016 - Boys Volleyball Team wins 4A States


Monacan offers standard core classes along with honors classes, electives, and Advanced Placement Program classes.

Advanced Placement Program classes at Monacan currently include Biology, Calculus AB, Chemistry, Computer Science, English/Literature, Environmental Science, Physics, Psychology, Spanish, Statistics, U.S. History, and U.S. Government.

Advanced Placement classes such as Art History, European History, French, German, Latin, Vergil, Music Theory, and World History are offered on an enrollment basis, if there are enough interested students to create the class.

Monacan's World Language Department offers Latin, Spanish, and French. In the past, Japanese and Greek have been taught, but in the 2006–2007 school year, these subjects were not offered. German was taken out of the course offerings in the 2009–2010 school year.

In 2008, Monacan's music department earned the Virginia Music Educators Association Blue Ribbon Award. The Performing Arts at Monacan offer classes in choir, band, orchestra, guitar, and theatre. Monacan also earned the Blue Ribbon Award in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.

In 2016, the Academic Team won the Conference 20 Scholastic Bowl Championship.

Center for the Humanities[edit]

The Center for the Humanities is a selective specialty center at Monacan High School. Eighth-grade students must apply and be reviewed, which includes an interview. Applications from said students have grown to over 100 each year. The Center for the Humanities has a rigorous curriculum that requires all of its students to take certain courses and receive an Advanced Studies Diploma. The program enrolled its first students in the fall of 2000 and the first class graduated in 2004. The goal is an enriched, advanced liberal arts education. Requirements include:

  • Four years of the course Perspectives on the Human Experience
  • English 9,10,11, and AP English
  • World History/Geography up to 1500 CE, AP European History, AP United States History, AP Government
  • At least four years of a foreign language
  • Four years of science, including Biology and either Chemistry or Physics
  • Participation in an extended service learning class

One of the foundations of the Humanities Curriculum is the Perspectives on the Human Experience course. The course is unique to the Center for the Humanities, and integrates art, art history, history, and other disciplines.

Another foundation of the Humanities Curriculum is the Socratic Seminar, a student-led group discussion that focuses on one specific topic. Socratic Seminars aim to foster student leadership, communication skills, and discussion techniques.

Center for Health and Physical Therapy[edit]

The Health & Physical Therapy (HPT) Center is a selective specialty center that provides students with academic and practical field experiences in preventative medicine and therapeutic health careers. Students explore health care careers that focus on therapy and prevention such as: sports medicine; athletic training; physical and occupational therapy; physical education; and exercise science.

Students choosing this center:

  • Develop a strong foundation of knowledge and skills that would support a health care career in therapeutic or preventive health care, with a focus on sports medicine and/or athletic training, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and human performance
  • Participate in lab-based practical and clinical applications
  • Demonstrate professional behavior and ethical decision-making skills
  • Assess problems critically and develop practical solutions
  • Communicate clearly and concisely using appropriate terminology

Monacan High School Marching Chiefs[edit]

The Monacan High School Marching Chiefs are a seven time Virginia Honor Band and a six time VMEA Blue Ribbon School for Music. The current band director of the Marching Chiefs is Jennifer Ryan. Joining Monacan in the spring of 2000, Ryan has directed over twenty one shows including some of Monacan's most recent shows, "Music From The Lion King" and "The Music of Motown". The Lion King earned them an array of awards during their 2015 competition season including 1st Place Percussion, 2nd Place Overall in Class AA, Best Music, 1st Place Auxiliary, and scoring a state rating of Excellent at VBODA 2015. Their 2016 field show entitled "The Music of Motown", consisted of classic songs like "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" and "Get Ready". The Marching Chiefs took "Motown" to several competitions and events throughout Virginia including, "Showcase of Bands", "James Madison University: Parade of Champions", and VBODA 2016. At the Hermitage Classic 2016, the Marching Chiefs took 3rd in class AAA overall, earning a VBODA Competition rating of 79.5/100, "Excellent". On October 29, 2016, the Marching Chiefs earned a final VBODA State Competition Rating of 85.0/100, "Superior".

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