Spotsylvania High School
|Spotsylvania High School|
|6975 Courthouse Road
Spotsylvania, VA 22551
|Type||Public high school|
|School district||Spotsylvania County Public Schools|
|Principal||Dr. Amanda C. Hester|
|Enrollment||1,125 (as of 2014-15)|
|Student to teacher ratio||14.1:1|
|Color(s)||Red and Navy Blue|
|Athletics||Football, Track, Basketball, Soccer, Field Hockey, Wrestling, Girl's Soft Ball, Volleyball, Baseball, golf|
|Theme||Building relationships to promote a positive climate and culture|
|Teacher of the year and New Teacher of the Year||Mr. Brian Jacobs (Teacher of the Year and Mrs. Tamara Ritzco (New Teacher of the Year)|
|All information is according to 2011-2012. The enrollment, the Principal, the theme, and other things may change as the years go by. More information may be found on the talk page.|
Spotsylvania High School is a public high school in Spotsylvania County, Virginia. It serves the southern half of the county. The Knights are the least densely populated of the schools in the area. The Army JROTC program for the Knight Battalion which consist of cadets from both Massaponax High School and Spotsylvania High School attend courses here. The Knight Battalion as of 2008-2009 school year is an Honor Unit with Distinction. Spotsylvania County also hosts a CGS site. The Original Spotsylvania High School opened in 1940 and three schools hosted the name of Spotsylvania High School.
As of the 2014-15 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,125 students and 80.1 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 14.1:1. There were 371 students (33.0% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 92 (8.2% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
About the building
Spotsylvania High was the county’s first consolidated high school for students who had previously attended much smaller schools in tiny rural communities including Marye and Margo. Spotsylvania High, on Courthouse Road, was considered state of the art when it opened; when numbers of students grew, the next Spotsylvania High School was built across the street in 1967. Black students from segregated John J. Wright High School began attending Spotsylvania High when schools became fully integrated in 1968. The third and current Spotsylvania High opened in 1994.
Construction started on the school in May, 1992 and occupied in January, 1994. The cost of the project was reported to be $23.7 million. A total of 75.5 acres (306,000 m2) were developed for the school. Within the building there is 257,066 square feet (23,882.2 m2) of space. Total capacity is 1583 students in 79 classrooms. The auditorium can seat 1300, the gymnasium seats 2000, and the stadium seats 4000 people. Massaponax High School, built in 1998, was constructed from the same blueprint as Spotsylvania High School.
Dr. Hester is the current principal of Spotsylvania High School. Her vision is supported by Mrs. Cassandra Crawford (Assistant Principal), Ms. Michelle Hart (Instructional Coordinator, Mr. Robert Marchetti (Assistant Principal), Mr. Jason Supon (Director of School Counseling, and Mr. William Swink (Activities Director. The SAI (senior Army Instructor) is Lt. Col. Emerey.
Advanced Placement Program
The Advanced Placement (AP) Program gives students the opportunity to pursue college-level studies while still at Spotsylvania County. Upon completion of the courses, students may receive advanced placement and/or credit when entering college. Academically oriented students are strongly encouraged to participate in the Advanced Placement Program. Students take these courses at high school. Advanced Placement (AP) courses follow the suggested College Board course curriculum and serve to prepare students for the AP examinations in May. AP Courses listed below are offered based on enrollment. However, depending on how many students sign up for an AP class, depends on which course is offered. So some of the courses may not be offered because there are not enough students that sign up for it. Grades earned carry weighted credit in the GPA calculation:
|AP English Literature/Composition||AP English Language/Composition||AP World History|
|AP European History||AP US History||AP US Government|
|AP Latin||AP French||AP Spanish|
|AP German||AP Computer Science||AP Psychology|
|AP Studio Art||AP Music Theory||AP Statistics|
|AP Calculus||AP Biology||AP Chemistry|
|AP Human Geography|
Spotsylvania High school has won 4 State championships since their existence. Most memorable the 13-8 win against Abingdon High school on June, 9th, 2018.
Football: 1991, 1994, 1997
- Bobby Orrock (born 1955), agriculture instructor who has been a member of the Virginia House of Delegates.
- School data for Spotsylvania High, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 12, 2016.
- Branscombe, Jeff. "Del. Bobby Orrock visits President Trump at the White House", The Free Lance–Star, April 27, 2017. Accessed October 4, 2017. "Orrock, who is also a part-time agriculture teacher at Spotsylvania High School, said he received the invite from a White House staffer who worked on House Speaker Bill Howell’s GOP primary campaign two years ago."