Salem High School (Virginia Beach, Virginia)

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Salem High School
1993 SunDevil Drive
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23464
United States
Coordinates 36°47′0.8″N 76°8′38.2″W / 36.783556°N 76.143944°W / 36.783556; -76.143944Coordinates: 36°47′0.8″N 76°8′38.2″W / 36.783556°N 76.143944°W / 36.783556; -76.143944
School type Public, high school
(Pride and Excellence)
Founded 1989
School district Virginia Beach City Public Schools
Superintendent Dr. Aaron C. Spence
Principal Mr. Matthew Delaney
Staff 133
Grades 9-12

1,798 (2013-14

Bayside High School
Kellam High School
Landstown High School)
Language English
Color(s)                     Scarlet, Black, Silver, and White
Athletics conference Virginia High School League
Beach District
Eastern Region
Mascot Sundevils

Salem High School is a secondary school located in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

The school has a Visual and Performing Arts Academy; one of eight magnet programs in Virginia Beach. Students throughout the city interested in these arts can apply. The class of 2008 is the first graduating class to include students from the academy.

School Administration[edit]

  • Mr. Matthew Delaney- Principal
  • Mrs. Leanne A. Turnbull - Assistant Principal
  • Mr. Jairo Padilla - Assistant Principal
  • Mrs. Jennifer L. Knight - Assistant Principal
  • Mr. Christopher Buhner - Visual and Performing Arts Academy Coordinator
  • Mr. Mark Harrison - Student Activities Coordinator
  • Ms. Amy Schuiteboer - School Improvement Specialist
  • Mr. Robert Toran - Guidance Director

History of the School[edit]

Salem High School, located at 1993 Sundevil Dr (numbered in honor of the class of 1993), is built on a 50-acre (200,000 m2) site acquired by the School Board in 1985. Construction of the 258,862-square-foot (24,049.1 m2) building began in July 1987. The school which contains 85 classrooms, an auditorium, a large lecture hall, a large gym, and two auxiliary gyms, opened on September 5, 1989, to a capacity enrollment of just over 2,000 students. A student committee selected the name, SunDevils, to represent Salem High School in the spring of 1989. The school colors are scarlet, black, silver, and white. A life-sized school mascot was unveiled during the 1991-1992 school year; "Sunny the SunDevil" (identical to the Tasmanian Devil from Warner Bros. Looney Tunes) is depicted on school sweatshirts and athletic programs. The Visual and Performing Arts Academy (VPAA) became an integral part of Salem High School in 2004. The student body had one of the largest number of Filipino-Americans in the city.

Visual and Performing Arts Academy[edit]

The Visual and Performing Arts Academy at Salem High School (VPAA) consists of five strands: music (both vocal and instrumental), dance, theatre, and visual arts (photography, painting, drawing, etc.). While students typically select one strand as their concentration, they are also encouraged to explore areas outside their selected strand; all seniors participate in an inter-disciplinary final project.

Curricula includes instruction in performance, exhibition, theory, and history of the arts. Independent seminars and performances are also offered throughout the year.

Admission to the program is based on several criteria: an audition/portfolio evaluation, recommendations by core subject teachers as well as previous teachers in the arts, achievement as evidenced by honors or awards in the arts, and participation in extracurricular and community activities.

The Academy Coordinator is Mr. Christopher Buhner

Chorus Department[edit]

The Salem High School Chorus department is recognized as being among the finest in the city of Virginia Beach, and the choirs have received national recognition for their outstanding performances. Choirs from Salem have performed in the White House and National Cathedral (Washington, DC), Carnegie Hall (New York, NY), Walt Disney World (Orlando, FL), Universal Studios (Orlando, FL), Cardiff Cathedral (Cardiff, Wales, UK), and Westminster Abbey (London, England, UK). In addition, they have performed multiple times at the Virginia Music Educators Association annual in-service conference and the Southern Division convention of the Music Educators National Conference, and have been the featured ensemble at the Sweet Adelines International Mid-Winter convention. They have sung in a private performance for actor/singer Jimmy Dean and commissioned works from renowned composer Daniel E. Gawthrop. They have performed in concert with the Old Dominion University Concert Choir, the Christopher Newport University Choir, the Greensboro College Concert Choir, and the Virginia Commonwealth University "Commonwealth Singers." In recent years, they have been honored to work with such outstanding choral musicians as: Weston Noble, Eph Ely, Rodney Eichenberger, Jing Ling-Tam, Kevin Fenton, William Powell, Deen Entsminger, Rebecca Reames, and the world-famous ensemble, "Chanticleer."

The choirs have earned Grand Champion, Outstanding Ensemble, Best in Class, and First Place trophies as well as "Superior" ratings in competitive choral festivals in Orlando FL, Las Vegas NV, Atlanta GA, New York NY, Nashville TN, Gatlinburg TN, Richmond VA, Williamsburg VA, and Virginia Beach, VA, and have earned many "Superior" ratings at the VMEA District 2 choral festivals since the festival's inception (singing Grade VI music, the most challenging level recognized).

They have performed major works including Handel's "Messiah," Rutter's "Requiem," Bach's "Jesu, Meine Freude," Schubert's "Mass in G," and "Mass in F," Britten's "Ceremony of Carols," and Vivaldi's "Gloria."

Vocalists from Salem High School have been selected for the All-Virginia Choir every year since the school opened in 1989, and for the elite VMEA Senior Honors Chorus every year since 1990.

The Academy Choral Director is Dr. Don Krudop and the Salem High School Choral Director is Ms. Lynne German.

The Academy's most elite choir, Vox Harmonia, performed at the GQ Magazine Gentlemen's Ball in Fall 2008. They were invited by the famous music producer Timbaland and performed in front of him along with other celebrities such as Usher, Hilary Swank, Mark Wahlberg, Forest Whitaker, and James Cameron.

Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps[edit]

The NJROTC unit at Salem was established in 1996 under the authority of Title 10, United States Code, Chapter 102, Section 2031 to "...instill in students in United States secondary educational institutions the values of citizenship, service to the United States, and personal responsibility and a sense of accomplishment." The unit motto is "Do right and fear not".

The unit is a competitive force in Area 5, winning the Distinguished Unit Award for thirteen consecutive years. The unit also received Unit Achievement once but once again achieving Distinguished Unit once more one year later. The units Drill, Athletics, and Academic team have been to Nationals twice in Pensacola, Florida, most recently placing twentieth in the nation in the 2014-2015 school year. The unit is led by Senior Naval Science Instructor Captain Patrick W. Hunt, USN (ret.) and Naval Science Instructor Sergeant Major Timothius Robinson, USMC (ret.)

Academic Departments[edit]

  • Business
  • Computer Resource
  • English
  • Fine Arts
  • Foreign Language
  • Gifted Program
  • Guidance
  • Health/P.E.
  • Library/Media Center
  • Marketing
  • Math
  • Naval Science (NJROTC)
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Special Education
  • Technology Education
  • Work & Family Studies/Technology

Advanced Placement Courses[edit]

  • English Language and Composition
  • English Literature and Composition
  • U.S. History
  • U.S. Government
  • Human Geography
  • Psychology
  • European History
  • Biology
  • Environmental Science
  • Physics B
  • Chemistry
  • Calculus AB
  • Calculus BC
  • Statistics
  • Music Theory
  • Studio Art

Clubs and organizations[edit]

  • 69 club


  • Art Club (NAHS)
  • Anime Club
  • Band
  • Bowling Club
  • Chess Club
  • DECA
  • Drama/Thespians (ITS)
  • FACS
  • FBLA
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
  • French Club
  • Freshman Class
  • Forensic Team
  • GSA
  • Handbell Ensemble
  • International Affairs Society
  • Japanese Club
  • Junior Class
  • Key Club
  • Latin Honor Society
  • Literary Magazine
  • Marching Band
  • Medical Society
  • National Honor Society
  • Newspaper
  • Orchestra
  • Partners in Education
  • Physics Club
  • Radiance
  • Salem Scholars
  • Step Team
  • SCA
  • Scholastic Bowl
  • Senior Class
  • Skills USA/VICA
  • Sophomore Class
  • Spanish Club
  • Spanish Honor Society
  • Steel Drum Band
  • Student Athletics Trainers
  • Tri-M National Music Honor Society
  • TSA
  • Yearbook


Varsity Fall Junior Varsity Fall
Cross Country
Field Hockey
Boys Volleyball
Girls Volleyball
Field Hockey
Varsity Winter Junior Varsity Winter
Boys Basketball
Girls Basketball
Boys Indoor Track
Girls Indoor Track
Boys Swimming
Girls Swimming
Boys Basketball
Girls Basketball
Varsity Spring Junior Varsity Spring
Boys Outdoor Track
Girls Outdoor track
Boys Soccer
Girls Soccer
Boys Tennis
Girls Tennis
Boys Soccer
Girls Soccer

State Championships
Boys Basketball

Girls Basketball

Girls Gymnastics

Girls Volleyball

Alma Mater[edit]

The Silver, Black, and Scarlet
Words & Music by Dr. Don Krudop

(Verse) There's a place that will live in my mem'ry,
When the days of my youth pass away.
In my heart hold it dear,
Though I roam far and near,
And there it shall always stay.

'Tis the place where I left my childhood,
And grew toward what my life would be,
In Virginia, the Old Dominion,
Salem High, I call to thee.

(Chorus) Lift your hearts and lift your spirits,
Lift your voices to the sky,
Raise the Silver, Black, and Scarlet,
Raise them up for Salem High.

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Timbaland (born 1972), producer, singer, and rapper.
  • Chris Tarbell (born 1978) class of 1996, CyberSecurity expert, former FBI Special Agent
  • Isaiah Gardner (born 1985), defensive back of the Toronto Argonauts.
  • Shamika Kentish (born 1988), class of 2006, track runner (Sprinter), Beach District Champion, Eastern Region Champion, AAA State Champion, 2006 Salem Female Athlete of the Year, 2006 HS Nike All-American (Indoor), attended Seton Hall University c/o 2010.
  • Caroline Nichols (born 1984), U.S. Olympic Field Hockey player 2008
  • Allynn Walkerbey, Daijreous Poole, and Jessie Nunn, who (along with Brandon Showell from Landstown High School) make up the a cappella musical group 4Shore, which appeared on the television show The X Factor in 2011.[1]

See also[edit]



  1. ^ "4Shore to visit 3 Va. Beach schools". WAVY News. Retrieved 1 December 2011. 

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