Southampton Academy

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This article is about the school in Courtland, Virginia. For the Southampton, England, football academy, see Southampton F.C. Academy.
Southampton Academy
Southampton academy seal.png
26495 Old Plank Rd.
Courtland, VA 23837

United States
Type Private
Established 1969
Headmaster W Scott Wasdin[1]
Staff 16[2]
Faculty 43[2]
Grades Pre-K - 12th
Color(s) Blue and White
Mascot Raider
Information 757-653-2512 Upper and Middle School
757-653-7273 Lower School
757-653-0011 Fax

Southampton Academy is a small,[3] private college-preparatory school located at 26495 Old Plank Rd. in Courtland, Virginia.[4] Southampton Academy, also known locally as "The Academy" and "SA" provides education for students from pre-kindergarten through the 12th grade. Southampton Academy was founded in 1969, as a segregation academy.[5]


The school contains students ranging from pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade, thus the team offers athletic teams from the middle school level (junior junior varsity) to the varsity level. Most of Southampton Academy's athletic teams participate in the Virginia Commonwealth Conference (VCC). At the state level, Southampton Academy participates in Virginia Independent Schools (VIS) in Division III (smallest schools classification).

Notable Athletic Facts

From the schools founding in 1969 to 1991 the school played 11 man football in both the VAAC (precursor to the VCC) and the Virginia Commonwealth Conference.

From 1991 to 2004, the school fielded eight-man football teams that participated in the Colonial Carolina Conference, a conference that plays in the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association (NCISAA). The school was forced to play in North Carolina because there were none or few schools in Virginia that participated in 8-man football during this time period. While participating in the Colonial Carolina Conference, the Raiders won conference championships in 1995, 1996, and 1999. In 1997 and 2004, the Raiders won the NCISAA state championship.[6] Southampton Academy finished its time playing 8-man football with another NCISAA championship in 2004.

In 2005, the Raiders resumed playing 11-man football and reentered the Virginia Commonwealth Conference.

Dale Marks has been the head football coach at Southampton Academy since 1991. Marks also enjoyed a coaching stint at Southampton Academy in the early 1980s which followed up his successful playing career at Hampden Sydney College.

In 1995-1996, the girls teams at Southampton Academy finished a banner year in which they won VCC championships in girls basketball, volleyball,[7] cheerleading, and softball.

In 2007, the Raiders won the VIS Division III state baseball championship.

In 2007, The Girls Varsity Basketball team won the VCC Conference and Tournament Championship.

From 2000 through 2009 the Girl's Varsity Volleyball team won 10 consecutive regular season VCC Conference Championships as well as, 9 VCC Tournament Championships under the guidance of Head Coach Shawn Denne. During this period, the Raiders compiled a record of 202-13, finishing as state runners-up in 2006 while making 7 straight state tournament appearances.


  1. ^ "Southampton Academy Contact Us - Administration". Retrieved 2006-11-15. 
  2. ^ a b "Southampton Academy - Faculty/Staff". Retrieved 2006-11-15. 
  3. ^ Weaver, Mark (1991-09-30). "Academy Family Starts School Year". Retrieved 2008-01-15. 
  4. ^ Sargent, Porter (2006) [1952]. Handbook of Private Schools. University of Michigan. p. 943. Retrieved 2008-01-15. 
  5. ^ Modlin, Carolyn. "The Desegregation of Southampton County, Virginia Schools" (PDF). p. 50. Retrieved 2008-05-12. 
  6. ^ Black, James C. (1997-11-20). "Road Trip Gives Southampton Academy Its First Championship". Virginian Pilot. Retrieved 2008-01-15. 
  7. ^ Frankenberry, Jane (1996-02-15). "Southampton Academy Girls Capture Volleyball Title". Retrieved 2008-01-15. 

Coordinates: 36°42′10″N 77°03′28″W / 36.702700°N 77.057709°W / 36.702700; -77.057709