Pulaski County High School (Virginia)

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Pulaski County High School

5414 Cougar Trail
Dublin, Virginia 24084

37°5′13.6″N 80°42′56.8″W / 37.087111°N 80.715778°W / 37.087111; -80.715778Coordinates: 37°5′13.6″N 80°42′56.8″W / 37.087111°N 80.715778°W / 37.087111; -80.715778
School type Public, high school
Established 1974
School district Pulaski County Public Schools
Superintendent Dr. Kevin Siers
Principal Michael Grim
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1,420[1] (2012)
Language English
Color(s)           Burgundy and Gold
Athletics conference Virginia High School League
Division 4 A Conference 24 North
River Ridge District
Nickname Cougars
Rival Radford High School
Blacksburg High School
Christiansburg High School
Salem High School

Pulaski County High School (commonly PCHS) is a public secondary school located at 5414 Cougar Trail Road in Dublin, Virginia about 45 miles southwest of Roanoke, Virginia. It is the sole public high school in Pulaski County, Virginia and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.[2]


Pulaski County High School opened in 1974 with the consolidation of Dublin High School in Dublin and Pulaski High School in Pulaski.


Pulaski County High School is a comprehensive high school which includes grades 9th through 12th and is part of the Pulaski County Public School Division. As of the 2011-2012 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,420 students.[3] The school has 98.67 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis),[4] for a student-teacher ratio of 14.4.

Pulaski County High School operates on an 8:30 a.m. to 3:22 p.m. schedule, which includes four class blocks and three lunch blocks scheduled throughout the day.[5]

Pulaski County High School offers 9 Advanced Placement courses: English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Art History, Studio Art, Calculus, Environmental Science, U.S. Government and Politics, U.S. History, and Psychology. The school also features an on-site Career and Technical Education Center, which offers a number of vocational courses in the fields of: agriculture, business, marketing, early childhood education, fashion, nutrition and wellness, culinary arts, nursing, construction and building trades, computer aided design, auto repair, cosmetology, electricity, video production, and welding.[6]

Until the 2006-2007 school year the Southwest Virginia Governor's School was located on the campus. It is now located at the former Northwood Elementary School, in the town of Pulaski.

Athletics and Extracurriculars[edit]


Pulaski County High School is a member of the Virginia High School League and competes in the AA River Ridge District,[7] a district in Region IV of Group AA.[8] From 1974 to 1975, Pulaski County High School competed in the AAA Western District, before entering the newly formed AAA Roanoke Valley District. As a member of the Roanoke Valley District and the Northwest Region, Pulaski County defeated Thomas Dale High School to capture the Group AAA, Division 6 football state championship in 1992[9] under the direction of former West Virginia University assistant Joel Hicks.[10]

In 1993, Pulaski County was ranked as one of the top 25 high school football teams in the country by USA Today for most of the season. The Cougars won their first 13 games, but star player Eric Webb was injured in the state semi-final and was unable to play in the state championship which the Cougars lost to Annandale High School. In 2001, Pulaski County dropped down to the Group AA Blue Ridge District. That year, the Cougar football team, which had returned most players from a 2000 Group AAA, Division 5 state semi-finalist, advanced to the Group AA, Division 4 state championship before falling to Lafayette High School.

In 2008, Pulaski County High School had a perfect 10-0 regular season, winning the River Ridge District in the process. The Cougars shut out both Blacksburg and Salem to win the Region IV, Division 4 title. Pulaski County was subsequently defeated in the AA, Division 4 state semifinals by Amherst County, by a 13-7 score.

Pulaski County has also produced such well-known athletes and coaches such as: former Washington Redskins receiver Gary Clark,[11] New Orleans Saints kicker Shayne Graham, former Dallas Cowboys and Georgia Bulldogs football and current Louisville Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Grantham,[12] Carolina Panthers and Virginia Tech star player Jeff King,.[13] Also current Virginia Tech Hokie Club employee, Scottie "Too Hottie" Hughes.[1]

  • Coaching Records
  • 1974-1978- Dave Brown 14-33-3 (.310); No playoffs
  • 1979-2002- Joel Hicks 210-69 (.753); 15 District Titles (once won 7 in a row 1991-1997), 6 Regional Titles; 1 State Title. 23-15 record in the playoffs.
  • 2003-2009- Jack Turner 42-33 (.560); 1 District Title, 1 Regional Title. 2-3 record in the playoffs
  • 2010–2013- Todd Jones 16-28 (.367). 0-2 record in the playoffs.
  • 2014–present- Stephen James 14-8 (.636) 0-2 record in the playoffs


Pulaski County High School has had several successful Boys' Basketball teams. During the late 1970s into the early 1980s, Pulaski County High School's Boys Basketball Team under the direction of Coach Allen Wiley, won several Roanoke Valley District Titles and the Northwest Region Titles. In the early 1980s, Pulaski County's Basketball Team was led by Michael Porter, who had won several state awards, and had played in the United States High School All-Star team.

In 2004, the Cougar Basketball team under the direction of Coach Mark Hanks journeyed to the Group AA playoffs for the first time since the early 1990s. In 2005, the Cougars captured the 2005 River Ridge District title and advanced to the 2005 playoffs. In 2006, the Cougars made another Group AA playoff run. Hanks took two years off while serving solely as the athletic director, he returned to the court in 2011 to coach the men's team. The team is now coached by Andrew Hart.

The PCHS Lady Cougars experienced several accomplishments during the 2007-2008 season. Particularly on January 1, 2008 at 7:30 p.m. the Lady Cougars defeated the River Ridge District number one ranked team the Hidden Valley Titans. Led by coach Brenda King, the Lady Cougars snapped the Hidden Valley Titan's 38 game winning streak.

  • The lady cougars are currently coached by Buddy Faris.

The school also does a Senior vs Faculty basketball game every year, in which the proceeds go to the charity of the winning teams choice.


  • The PCHS Competition Cheerleading Squad has fared well over the past few years, reaching the VHSL AA State Cheer Competition in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012 (under the leadership of Coach Roxanne Thompson). In those same years, the squad also received three grand championships at invitationals (2010 - Amherst Cheer Invitational, 2010 - Battle at Byrd, 2012 - Stinger Cheer Challenge).
  • Past Competition Cheer Accomplishments include winning the Blue Ridge District Cheer Title in 2001 (under Angie Harrell).
  • The current competition team is coached by Sindi Lambert, while the head sideline cheerleading coach is Sarah Vaught.


The school has won 2 state drama championships under the direction of Jeff McCoy and another state title under the previous director, Rhonda Welsh, for a total of three state championships. The most recent state championship piece was an original musical, "The Other Side Of The Story," which is about the villains in famous fairy tales and how they weren't as evil as they seemed. The script was written by Mr. McCoy with assistance from students, with the music and arrangements written collaboratively by Josh O Dell and Mr. McCoy. The Drama department has also performed in the American High School Theater Festival at Edinburgh, Scotland.


The band program at Pulaski County High School has been a symbol of success and pride for the high school and residents of Pulaski County since the fist notes were played in the fall of 1974. The program has received many awards ranging from marching band and concert ensembles, to the indoor winter performing groups. The instrumental program at PCHS has produced thousands of fine musicians over the years. It has been through the efforts of those musicians that the program at PCHS has been named a Virginia Honor Band thirteen times. Emphasis on hard work and musicianship is what makes the Golden Cougar Band "The Pride of Pulaski County." The band is under the direction of Mr. Matthew S. Warnock.


The school's Math MACC (under Ming Chan) Super MACC and Little League MACC (Mountain Academic Competition Conference) Team won 1st place at Super MACC, the MACC Championship in 2005. The school also sports award-winning Social Studies, Science, English, and All-Around Teams.

The All-Around team won a Super MACC championship in 2007, and the Science team went on to Super MACC after finishing second in the tournament. Social Studies finished second in the regular season, but did not go on to Super MACC. However, in 2014 Social Studies won the Super MACC championship.


Pulaski County High School also has a strong tradition in chess which culminated in the mid to late 1980s. In 1985, Pulaski County finished in second place in the national championships only 0.5 points behind the first place team.[2] In 1987, Pulaski County hosted the national championship. The Cougars also captured the Virginia Scholastic State Chess Championship in 1998.

Cross Country[edit]

During the 2006-2007 school year, Pulaski County High School produced a girls' cross country team that successfully came in first place in the following meets: Run fer da Hills, Blue Demon Invitational, Tusculum Invitational. They also came in second during the Bristol Cross Invitational and River Ridge District Meet. The second-place finish at the River Ridge District Meet allowed them to continue as a team to the Region III meet. The girls' team advanced to the state meet for the first time in PCHS history.

In 1978, the boys' cross country team under Coach David Wright won the Roanoke Valley District title with a 10-0 record. The District final was held at Pulaski's home course. This was the first district title won by a PCHS sports team.

Track & Field[edit]

During the 2005 Outdoor Track season, Leslie Anderson led the girls' track team to a River Ridge District title, Region III title, and third-place team finish at the AA State Championships. Ms. Anderson won the 400 meters and Long Jump and finished in the runner-up spot in the 100 and 200 meter dashes. Anderson was All-State 10 times in her high school career and won two individual state titles.(400m and Long Jump in 2005). During the 2009-10 Indoor and Outdoor track season Amber Church, led the Cougar's to never before seen level's of success. The Cougar's captured a 4th place at the Indoor State AA Championships, 2nd in the River Ridge District, won the Region IV Championship and 3rd place at the AA State Championships. She scored 40 points at the Indoor State meet and followed that up with 39 points at the Outdoor State meet. Ms. Church ended her career as the most successful female athlete in Pulaski County High School history, with 19 All-State honors, 6 State Championships (100H(2), 55H, 300H, High Jump, Long Jump) and 5 State Runners-up, to go along with 37 All-District honors and 34 All-Region honors and 2 Time Roanoke Time All-Timesland Track Athlete of the Year.

Other All-State Girls include: Brenna Blevins, 7 times All-state in the 300m dash, High Jump, and Long jump from 2000-03. Alfreda Harder, All-state in 2003 in the Shot Put. Liz Hager was the 2002 state champion in the discus and All-State in 2001. Nikki Roseberry, All-State in High Jump in 2005. Sabrina Hall, 6 times All-State in the 1600m and 3200m from 2006-08. All-State Boys include: Michael Casseri who was the 2002 State runner up in Discuss. Keivon Payne in 2003 in the 300H. Brandon Anderson was 4 times from 2003-04 in the 400m and Long Jump, was state runner-up in long jump in 2004. Thomas Doolittle in 2004 in the 500m. Lance McDaniel in 2004 and 2005 3 times in the 1600m and 3200m. Andrew Hart in 2005 in High Jump. and Josh Crowder in 2006 twice in the 800m and 1000m

  • The PCHS Track and Cross Country teams are coached by Sirak Ogbagabir.


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  2. ^ "Institution Summary: Pulaski County High School". International Registry for Accreditation. Retrieved 26 June 2012. 
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