Princess Anne High School

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Princess Anne High School
PA High School.jpg
4400 Virginia Beach Boulevard


United States
Coordinates36°50′42″N 76°7′40″W / 36.84500°N 76.12778°W / 36.84500; -76.12778Coordinates: 36°50′42″N 76°7′40″W / 36.84500°N 76.12778°W / 36.84500; -76.12778
School typePublic, high school
School districtVirginia Beach City Public Schools
SuperintendentDr. Aaron C. Spence
PrincipalMr. Danny M. Little
Staff211 [1]
Enrollment1,810[2] (2017-18)
Color(s)               Red, White, and Blue
Athletics conferenceVirginia High School League
Beach District
Eastern Region
RivalBayside High School
Feeder schoolsIndependence Middle School, Plaza Middle School

Princess Anne High School (PAHS) is one of 11 high schools in the Virginia Beach City Public School System. Opened in 1954, it is the oldest remaining high school in Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States. The school is named after the now extinct Princess Anne County, Virginia (itself named after the British Royal, Queen Anne, titled at the time and prior to ascension, Princess of Denmark) which was annexed with the founding of Virginia Beach.



The school was built during a period of rapid expansion of the then Princess Anne County. The cost of construction and equipment was $3,500,000, which included approximately $1,000,000 of federal funds. The school was first occupied in September 1954. Several schools had previously been built and remain in use today, however, they were converted to smaller middle or elementary schools in order to address ballooning class sizes. In 1963, Princess Anne County was incorporated into the newly formed City of Virginia Beach and thus PAHS became the oldest remaining high school in the system.[3]

September 1, 1995 fire[edit]

Four days before the opening of school in September 1995 a fire destroyed approximately one-third of the building. The blaze began in the library, destroying numerous valuable records; among them the entire collection of PA yearbooks before 1995 and numerous printed and digital course materials collected by teachers throughout their careers. The exact cause of the fire has never been announced.

Throughout both the 1995-1996 school year and the 1996-1997 fall semester, classes were held in a nearby vacant shopping mall known as "Celebration Station," which has since been demolished. Shuttle buses transported students between the temporary location and the remaining, intact portion of the school/portable classrooms on the main campus.

Following the fire, a large portion of the school was entirely rebuilt. As a result, the PA library now maintains one of the most extensive and up-to-date media collections of any Virginia Beach high school. A new wing was also added for art classes and studios. The school reopened in January 1997, with the official re-dedication ceremony held on May 4, 1997.[4][5][6][7]


The school is part of the Virginia Beach Public School System, which has a reputation of being the best in the Hampton Roads region. Princess Anne maintained its place as the highest ranked high school in Virginia Beach as well as the Hampton Roads region in Newsweek's listing of America's Best High Schools, continuing to place in the list annually (#451 in 2012, #263 in 2011, #123 in 2010, #167 in 2008, and #213 in 2007).[8] In 2012, The Washington Post released its list for "America's Most Challenging High Schools", and all eleven Virginia Beach City High Schools were in the top 1900, but Princess Anne held the highest rank by a significant margin at #250.[9] The only Virginia Beach high school International Baccalaureate program is housed in PA, attracting gifted students from throughout Virginia Beach.

The school has excelled in the VHSL academic competitions, with numerous championships in Forensics and Debate.

On GreatSchools, the school's overall rating is 7/10; college readiness being a 9/10; test scores a 7/10, and equity being a 4/10.[10]

Special programs[edit]

In addition to serving regularly zoned students and the International Baccalaureate program, the school hosts the Virginia Beach center for students with moderate to severe disabilities (located within the "West Building") and used to host a citywide center for pregnant teenagers (The "PA Center"), which now is located in the Renaissance Academy . Princess Anne is also one of the few high schools in Virginia Beach featuring an NJROTC program.


PAHS Athletics Logo

Princess Anne has won 27 team VHSL State team sports championships and 19 State individual sports championships. 22 of the team titles have come since 1999. PA students participate in the following sports, in accordance with the Virginia High School League(VHSL):

Fall Sports
Girls: Cheerleading, Golf, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Volleyball
Boys: Football, Golf, Cross Country, Volleyball
Winter Sports
Girls: Basketball, Gymnastics, Indoor Track, Swimming and Diving
Boys: Basketball, Wrestling, Indoor Track, Swimming and Diving
Spring Sports
Girls: Softball, Tennis, Soccer, Track and Field
Boys: Baseball, Tennis, Soccer, Track and Field

Princess Anne's golf team won the Virginia State High School Golf Championship in 1971 and 1972. The team was notable in that it included Curtis Strange ('73), Allan Strange ('73), Phil Stewart ('73), and Jay Williams ('72). All would go on to become PGA golf professionals.

Princess Anne's women's basketball team won the VHSL State Championship 5 consecutive years, which had never been previously accomplished. The team has won 9 total championships, all since 2002.

Princess Anne's men's volleyball team won the VHSL State Championship 3 consecutive years from 2013-2015.

Princess Anne's women's volleyball team won the VHSL State Championship in 2018.

Club sports including lacrosse and crew have recently been founded, since the Virginia Beach school system does not formally participate in them. Informal extramural competitions between other local clubs and varsity teams of private institutions are common.

A long-standing club of Athletic Trainers allows students to voluntarily assist local team trainers and physicians.

School activities[edit]

  • Anime Club
  • Art Club
  • Art National Honor Society
  • Asian Cultural Experience
  • Athletic Trainers
  • Band Column 1
  • Breaking the Chain
  • Cavalier Circle for Kings Daughters
  • Cavalier Club
  • Chess Club
  • Chorus
  • Color Guard
  • Computer Club
  • Crew Club[11]
  • Debate Team
  • Delta Epsilon Chi (DECA)
  • Drama
  • Drama Club
  • Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE)
  • The Fabulous Marching Cavaliers (Marching band)[12]
  • Family, Career and Community Leaders of America
  • Fashion Club
  • Film Club
  • Finer Things Literature Club
  • Forensics Team
  • French Club
  • French National Honor Society
  • Freshman Class Council
  • Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
  • Future Educators of America (FEA)
  • Gay/Straight Alliance
  • German Club
  • German National Honor Society
  • Gifted Advisory Board
  • Global Outreach
  • Indoor drum line
  • Interact Club
  • International Baccalaureate Student Organization (IBSO)
  • Japanese Club
  • Jazz band
  • Junior Class Council
  • Junior Engineering Technical Society (JETS)
  • Key Club (Kiwanis)
  • Knitting Club
  • Lacrosse Club
  • Latin Club
  • Latin National Honor Society
  • Medical and Legal Society
  • Model United Nations
  • National Engineering Design Challenge (NEDC)
  • National Honor Society
  • Naval Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (NJROTC)
  • Operation Smile
  • Optimist Club
  • Orchestra
  • The Page (student newspaper)
  • Partners Club
  • Photography/Print Club
  • Poetry Club
  • Relay for Life
  • Resources for Academic Achievement (REACH)
  • Rock Orchestra
  • Rocketry Club
  • Scholastic Bowl
  • Science Bowl
  • A Season for Nonviolence
  • Senior Class Council
  • Sophomore Class Council
  • Spanish Club
  • Spanish National Honor Society
  • STEM Robotics Club
  • Student Crime Solvers
  • Student Council Association
  • Students for Environmental Action (SEA)
  • Teen Readers
  • Teens in Prayer
  • Technology Student Association
  • Thespian Troupe 1762
  • Weight Lifting Club
  • World of Work Club
  • Yearbook
  • Young Democrats
  • Young Libertarians
  • Young Life
  • Young Republicans
  • Step
  • Dancing Cavalettes

Location and district[edit]

Princess Anne is located centrally within the city of Virginia Beach along Virginia Beach Blvd. The school is adjacent to the recently erected downtown area ("Town Center"). The two middle schools that feed into the student body include portions of Independence Middle School and Plaza Middle School. This includes portions of the Thoroughgood, Thalia, Pembroke, Lynnhaven, Princess Anne Plaza, and Windsor Woods neighborhoods. Additionally, due to the International Baccalaureate Programme, those under the IB Middle Years Programme automatically feed into Princess Anne, assuming they have completed respective requirements. Also, a nearby gifted middle school, Kemps Landing Magnet School, also tends to feed heavily into its International Baccalaureate Programme.

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Princess Anne High" (PDF). Virginia Beach City Public Schools. Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  2. ^ "Princess Anne High" (PDF). Virginia Beach City Public Schools. Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  3. ^ Historical Overview of VBCPS Archived 2010-05-09 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ About PA Archived 2006-01-17 at the Wayback Machine., Princess Anne High School Official Website.
  5. ^ Payne, Aleta. "Virginian-Pilot Archives." P.A. STUDENTS WILL GO TO NEW "HOMES" (1995):
  6. ^ Aleta, Payne. "Virginian-Pilot Archives." BEACH SCHOOLS OUT MORE FUNDING<ENROLLMENT SHORTFALL COULD MEAN A DROP OF UP TO $900,000 FROM THE STATE (1995): Stone, Steve. "Virginian-Pilot Archives." Princess Anne High School Fire Picking Up The Pieces (1995):
  7. ^ Hieatti, Kathy. "" School arson: Seeking hot leads in cold case from 14 years ago (2009): 1-3.
  8. ^ America's Best High Schools
  9. ^ "All VBCPS high schools listed among nation's best". Virginia Beach City Public Schools. Retrieved 17 April 2015.
  10. ^ "Explore Princess Anne High School in Virginia Beach, VA". Retrieved 2018-07-03.
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-05-10. Retrieved 2012-01-11.
  12. ^

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