Oscar F. Smith High School

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Oscar F. Smith High School
1994 Tiger Drive
Chesapeake, Virginia 23320
United States
School type Public high school
Founded 1954
School district Chesapeake City Public Schools
Superintendent Dr. Jim Roberts
Principal Paul Joseph
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 2,171 (2008-09)
Language English
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Royal Blue, Gold, White
Athletics conference

Virginia High School League

6A Monitor Merrimac Conference
AAA Eastern Region
Southeastern District
Mascot Tigers
Rival Indian River High School

Oscar Frommel Smith High School was originally built in South Norfolk, Virginia, to replace the aging South Norfolk High School in 1954. In 1994, a new school was constructed in the Greenbrier/Great Bridge area of Chesapeake, Virginia, and has a current enrollment of over 2,100 students. OSHS was authorized to begin administering the IB Diploma Program by the International Baccalaureate Organization in 2002 and IB students from all six Chesapeake zones feed into it.


One of the newest schools in the Chesapeake City Public Schools, it houses some of the newest technology in the district, including numerous networked computer, business, and technology labs; a 1,000-seat auditorium; and the Linda P. Overton Theatre, which houses technology for student presentations. The 3,850-seat J. William Myers Gymnasium (also known as the "Dollar Dome" gym), is one of the largest gyms in the Hampton Roads area, housing three full basketball courts. The Beard-DeLong-Easley Field stadium, named in honor of three Oscar Smith alumni who went on to play in the NFL, seats 7,000 and is the current home of the Oscar Smith Tigers football team.


Oscar Smith football started excelling in 2004 and 2005, winning the Southeastern District both years. The Tiger's football program was led by quarterback Greg Boone, runningback Andre Cook, and Coach Richard Morgan.

Oscar Smith High School has an excellent football program. Under the guidance of Coach Richard Morgan, the Tigers have been Southeastern District Champions for ten years in a row, and have lost only two regular season games in 10 years. In 2004, Oscar Smith High celebrated its 50th anniversary, and the Tigers provided the excitement by posting an undefeated season and winning the Southeastern District Championship. In 2005, the Tigers had a repeat performance, claiming back-to-back district championships. In 2007, the Tigers won the Eastern Region title for the first time, avenging their loss against Salem High School from 2006, and moving on to the State semi-finals. There, the team suffered a loss to Westfield High School which was led by Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Mike Glennon, who would go on to win the State Championship by defeating Woodbridge 42-14, but would come back and get to the same spot during the 2008 season. This time, they were up against a tough Oakton High School squad whom were led by St.Louis Rams running back Trey Watts. The Tigers prevailed a hard-fought 10-7 victory over Oakton High School with kicker Ryan Trotman kicking a field goal in the closing minutes to win the game. Oscar Smith advanced to the Division 6 state finals against Osbourne High School. This game, held at Virginia Tech, was one of the most memorable state final games ever. Oscar Smith posted 54 points, triumphing 54-24 in a game played in the cold and snow. Quarterback Phillip Sims set a state final record with 6 touchdown passes, as did wide receiver Tim Smith with 4 touchdown receptions. This team is still ranked in the top 10 in the nation on most, if not all, polls. On August 28, 2009, Oscar Smith was rewarded for their excellent performance with a primetime game at home against Venice High School of Florida on ESPNU in which Sims, an Alabama commit and one of the top recruited quarterbacks for 2010, faced off against Trey Burton, another excellent quarterback for 2010 who now plays for Florida. The Oscar Smith Tigers won this game, 27-13.

2008 Virginia State Football Champions[edit]

Following another undefeated regular season and winning their fifth district title in as many years, the Tigers marched into the playoffs as a dominant force, consistently ranked No. 1 in the state and breaking into the Top 10 in national rankings. On November 29, 2008, the Tigers defeated Oakton to advance to the state championship game. The following Saturday, on a cold and snowy December afternoon in Blacksburg, Virginia, the Tigers exploded into Virginia Tech's Lane Stadium and continued their dominant ways, shutting out the Osbourn Eagles in the first half and emerging victorious with a final score of 54-24. The Tigers could be heard ringing their victory bell in the wee hours after their return home early Sunday morning, bringing with them the first team state championship for Oscar Smith High School in any sport since the school opened in 1954.


2009 Virginia State Football Semifinals[edit]

Oscar Smith lost 17-20 in overtime against the Thomas Dale High School Knights, ending their undefeated run.

2011 Virginia State Football Champions[edit]

On December 10, the Tigers won their eight consecutive Southeastern District title, and brought home their second state championship in four years, defeating Centreville High School 47-21. They finished the 2011 season 14-1, and are the only Chesapeake school to win more than one football state title.

2013 Virginia State Runners-up[edit]

In 2013, the Tigers advanced once again to the state championship against Centreville. This time however, they were soundly defeated 35-6 thanks to the Wildcats's powerful Wing-T attack. They finished the 2013 season 14-1.

2014 Virginia State Semi-Finals[edit]

The Tigers began the season with an ESPNU game against nationally ranked Booker T. Washington High School of Miami, FL. The Tigers wound up losing 57-21. The Tigers would overcome this loss and once again enter the Virginia state semi-finals. This time however, they lost to the eventual state champion Ocean Lakes High School Dolphins 49-28. The Tigers finished the season 12-2.

2015 Virginia State Finals[edit]

Under the guidance of three year varsity starter and junior quarterback Shon Mitchell, the tigers finished with a 13-1 record including a revenge upset of Ocean Lakes 29-19. The Tigers advanced to the 6A South Region Championship and state semi-final against the Thomas Dale Knights where they were victorious 21-3. They fell short in the 2015 Virginia 6A state final against the Westfield Bulldogs 49-42 in triple overtime after Mitchell threw an incomplete pass on 4th and goal as he was pressured by Westfield linebacker Kevin Petrillo.

2016 Virginia State Finals[edit]

With many starters returning from their 2015 state title loss, the Tigers under new head coach Bill Dee as former coach Richard Morgan left finished another perfect regular season and advanced once again to the 6A South title game where they played Colonial Forge High School. The Tigers previously had defeated Woodside 13-0 to get to that game. The Tigers then defeated the Colonial Forge Eagles 27-20 in the 6A South Region title and quarterback Shon Mitchell set the state record for the most career touchdown passes. The Tigers advanced to the 6A championship game against the defending champions Westfield High School and once again suffered another loss. This time the score was 34 to 28 in double over time.


Earning a reputation for excellence during the past eleven years, the Oscar Smith High School Orchestras have grown from forty eight members to over one hundred members. The orchestras have earned top awards at music festivals in Virginia, Georgia, Maryland, Florida, New York and Indiana and have consistently earned superior ratings at the VBODA/VMEA District IV Orchestra Festival.

The Oscar F. Smith High School Chamber Orchestra earned a standing ovation for its outstanding performance as the final orchestra performance of the 2005 Virginia Music Educators Association(VMEA) In-Service Conference. They have also performed by invitation at the 2007 National Band & Orchestra Festival in Carnegie Hall, the 2008 & 2011 Music for All National "Orchestra America" Festival in Indianapolis and the 2009 & 2012 ASTA National Orchestra Festival in Atlanta (as a part of the American String Teachers Association's National 'ASTA' Conference).

IB Program[edit]

The International Baccalaureate, or IB program, offered at OSHS is a great opportunity for students who love to learn. It is an academically challenging and balanced program of education that mixes the learning of life skills with global awareness, with final examinations that prepare students for success at university and in life. The IB Program is run by Kerri Lancaster.


On August 21, 2008, Barack Obama held a Town Hall Meeting in the J William Myers gymnasium as part of his 2008 Presidential Campaign. In 2004, John Kerry held a similar event in the gym as well.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ http://hamptonroads.com/2008/12/football-oscar-smith-cruises-state-div-6-championship

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