Richlands High School (Richlands, Virginia)

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Richlands High School

138 Tornado Alley
Cedar Bluff, Virginia 24609
 United States

37°5′33.7″N 81°46′36.8″W / 37.092694°N 81.776889°W / 37.092694; -81.776889Coordinates: 37°5′33.7″N 81°46′36.8″W / 37.092694°N 81.776889°W / 37.092694; -81.776889
School type Public high school
School district Tazewell County Public Schools
Principal Kim Ringstaff
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 781[1] (2009)
Language English
Color(s) Navy & White          
Mascot Blue Tornado
Rival Schools Tazewell High School
Graham High School
Athletic Conference Southwest District
Region IV

Richlands High School is located in Richlands, Virginia in Tazewell County. Athletic teams compete in the Virginia High School League's AA Southwest District in Region IV.


  • The 2006 History TCAC (Tazewell County Academic Competition) team won their competition.
  • The 2007 Science TCAC team tied with the Tazewell Team (4 - 2) but in the end Tazewell had more points giving them the trophy.

Athletic Championships[edit]

The Richlands Blue Tornados have won two different VHSL AA State Championships and numerous Regional and District Championships in a variety of sports.

The Richlands Football team had posted an outstanding 33 game regular season win streak lasting from the 2004 season to the '07 season and 3 state championship game appearances. With 2 undefeated regular seasons in that time period, along with the "Perfect Storm" of 14-0 in the 2006 campaign culminating in a state championship, they have been marked with much recent success.

State Football Champions 1992 & 2006

State Softball Champions 1995 & 1996

Marching band[edit]

The Richlands High School Blue Tornado Band has won many awards including overall best band at the AT&T Cotton Bowl and 12 Virginia Honor Band titles. The Band has also participated in 2 of Philadelphia's Thanksgiving Day Parade and the Inaugural Parades of multiple Virginia Governors.


The Tornado yearbook has won several honors in past years. The 2009 "Taking the World by Storm" book won a first place VHSL Award and Taylor Publishing National Yearbook Honorable Mention. The 2010 "Notorious" book also won a first place VHSL Award.

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Mike Compton - American football center for the Detroit Lions and the New England Patriots.[2]
  • Matt McGlothlin - an undrafted Free Agent for the Kansas City Chiefs.
  • Richard Cranwell - Chairman of the Democratic Party of Virginia
  • Sandra Whitt, Colonel, US Army Retired. 1st woman to command a battalion at Ft. Jackson, SC (1983–85); 1st woman to command the US Army Troop Support Agency European Commissary Region (1990–91).
  • William P. Liddle - USS Liddle DE-206/APD-60 of the US Navy was named in honor of Pharamict's Mate Third Class William P. Liddle (1919–1942) who was killed in action while serving with the 1st Marine Division during the Battle of Guadalcanal August 1942, Liddle was posthumously awarded the Silver Star.
  • William Blankenship - Retired US Army Sargeant Major; Member of US Army Markmanship Team. Winner of six national championships and four world championship for pistol shooting.


  1. ^ "VHSL 2009-2010 Football Divisions Enrollment" (PDF). 
  2. ^ "Michael Eugene Compton". Archived from the original on October 10, 2012. Retrieved November 10, 2012. 

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