Robinson Secondary School

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James W. Robinson, Jr.
Secondary School
Robinson Secondary School is located in Northern Virginia
Robinson Secondary School
Robinson Secondary School
Robinson Secondary School is located in Virginia
Robinson Secondary School
Robinson Secondary School
Robinson Secondary School is located in the US
Robinson Secondary School
Robinson Secondary School
5035 Sideburn Road
Fairfax, Virginia 22032
Coordinates 38°49′01″N 77°18′11″W / 38.817°N 77.303°W / 38.817; -77.303Coordinates: 38°49′01″N 77°18′11″W / 38.817°N 77.303°W / 38.817; -77.303
School type Public, secondary school
Motto The Home of Champions
Established 1971; 46 years ago (1971)
School district Fairfax County Public Schools
Principal Matt Eline
Staff approximately 400
Grades 7–12
Enrollment 3,939 (2010–11)
 • Middle school 1,243 (2010–11)
 • High school 2,696 (2010–11)
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Royal Blue & Gold          
Athletics VHSL 6A, North Region
Athletics conference Concorde
Mascot Ram
Rivals Lake Braddock, Centreville
Yearbook Above and Beyond

James W. Robinson, Jr. Secondary School is a six-year public school in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Known as Robinson Secondary School, it is located in Fairfax, a suburb southwest of Washington, D.C.

Opened 46 years ago in 1971, Robinson is located south of Braddock Road near George Mason University, and is administered by the Fairfax County Public Schools. It offers the International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement programs, and has approximately 4,000 students in grades 7–12, currently the biggest school in Virginia.[citation needed] Robinson's school colors are royal blue and gold and the school mascot is a ram.


Robinson was named after Medal of Honor recipient James W. Robinson, Jr., the first resident of Virginia to be awarded the medal during the Vietnam War. Sergeant Robinson, age 25, was fatally wounded under heroic circumstances in South Vietnam fifty-one years ago in April 1966, while serving in the infantry in the U.S. Army.

Robinson Secondary School

The school opened its doors in September 1971, taking its students from Fairfax, W.T. Woodson, Oakton, and West Springfield high schools. It was the second of Fairfax County's "Secondary Schools," or "superschools," which housed grades 7–12. Robinson's chief rival to the east, Lake Braddock, which opened two years later in 1973, was the third of these schools from this era. The first was Hayfield, near Mount Vernon, which opened in 1968, and the most recent is South County in Lorton, which opened in 2005, taking its students from former Hayfield territory. South County has since reverted to high school status with the opening of South County Middle School near the school's athletic complex.


For the 2011–2012 school year, Robinson's grade 9–12 student body was 59.11% White, 17.88% Asian, 13.31% Hispanic, 5.28% Black and 4.42% Other.[1] The grade 7–8 student body was 60.18% White, 14.30% Asian, 12.54% Hispanic, 7.54% Black and 5.44% Other.[2]


LSD scandal[edit]

In 1991, Robinson was the center of an LSD trafficking scandal in which a drug ring sold more than 100,000 doses of LSD in the course of two years.[3] The ring was exposed when a 16-year-old Robinson student shot and wounded a Fairfax police officer.[4] In the course of the investigation it was revealed that six Robinson and Lake Braddock graduates were receiving large quantities of the drug through the mail.[5] One of the men who was facing the harshest penalties faked a suicide and fled the area, only to be caught two years later in St. Louis and sentenced to 24 years in prison with no possibility of parole.[6][7]

Notable alumni[edit]

Entrance to the school


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