Tuscarora High School (Virginia)

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Tuscarora High School
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Tuscarora High School is located in Northern Virginia
Tuscarora High School
Tuscarora High School
Tuscarora High School is located in Virginia
Tuscarora High School
Tuscarora High School
Tuscarora High School is located in the US
Tuscarora High School
Tuscarora High School
801 N. King Street
Leesburg, Virginia 20176
Coordinates 39°08′00″N 77°33′36″W / 39.1332459°N 77.5599836°W / 39.1332459; -77.5599836
Information
School type Public high school
Founded 2010
School district Loudoun County Public Schools
Principal Pamela Paul Jacobs
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 1,640 (2015)[1]
Language English
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Royal Blue, Black, and White               
Mascot Huskies
Nickname Tusky
Communities served Lucketts
Potomac Crossing
Raspberry Falls
Beacon Hill
Feeder schools Smart's Mill Middle School, Ball's Bluff Elementary School, Frances Hazel Reid Elementary School, Leesburg Elementary School, Lucketts Elementary School, Kenneth W. Culbert Elementary School
Athletic Conference Potomac District
5A North Region
Website

Tuscarora High School is a public secondary school located in Leesburg, a town in Loudoun County, Virginia, United States, and is part of Loudoun County Public Schools. The school opened in the 2010–2011 school year and consists of students from Leesburg, and Lucketts.

History[edit]

Tuscarora opened in time for the 2010–2011 school year. The school was originally planned to open for the 2008–2009 school year but because of site acquisition delays the school opened a few years late. Until the 2012–2013 school year with the opening of John Champe High School in Aldie, Tuscarora was the largest high school in Loudoun County with a capacity of 1,800 students. The school opened with most of its students coming from the Loudoun County High School attendance area which include towns north of Leesburg along the US 15 corridor. Some of its students also came from Heritage High School and Stone Bridge High School. Tuscarora High School serves Northern Leesburg, Lucketts and Lansdowne due to overcrowding in Ashburn area schools. Pamela Jacobs is the first and current principal at Tuscarora. On October 13th, 2016, all students were evacuated due to a bomb threat.[2]

Academics[edit]

Tuscarora High School received the "accredited with warning" rating in the 2014–2015 school year for achieving below the standard on math benchmarks. This is the second time since 2010, where the school missed full accreditation for receiving a 61 percent on the math portion of the state standardized tests. For the school to earn full accreditation, the pass rate must be 75 percent or above.[3] At Tuscarora High School, students have the opportunity to take Advanced Placement courses. The participation rate at Tuscarora High School for these classes is 64 percent. The student body makeup is 52 percent male and 48 percent female, and the total minority enrollment is 41 percent. Tuscarora High is 1 of 14 high schools in Loudoun County Public Schools.[4]

Tuscarora High School Fortune Field

Band[edit]

Tuscarora High School has a medium sized and well established Band program. The marching band, known as the Tuscarora Marching Huskies, has been around since the school opened. Mr. Benjamin Williams opened the program, then eventually left in the middle of the year to pursue his passion for train conducting. Ms. Katie Newmiller, who is currently the youngest and only female Director of Bands in Loudoun County, took over the program in the winter of 2010-2011. Awards and Honors include SVMI 2014 Champions, US Bands Marine Corps 2014 Invitational Champions, Straight Superiors at Marching State assessment, 2015 Virginia Honor Band, and representing the Commonwealth and State of Virginia in the 2015 Pearl Harbor Day Parade in Honolulu, Hawaii. Other programs, including the Winter Color Guard and Winter Indoor Drumline, have also had success. Winter Color Guard, coached by Gina Colby, Alexis Cogley, Angel Tomme, and Rachel Robinson, won the 2015 AIA Winter Guard Championships in the Scholastic A1 category. The Indoor Drumline, coached by Natalie Hernandez, Alex Radabaugh, and show writer Jared Dumale, won the AIA Championships in the Scholastic Division.

Tuscarora Marching Huskies shows include British Favorites (2010), Different Strokes (2011), Native (2012), Nightfall (2013), Spring (2014), and Brava (2015).

Winter Color Guard shows include Bloom (2012–13), Let Your Love Rain (2013–14), Balance (2014-15), and To Love Again (2015-16). During the 2014-15 season, the Color Guard took Gold at Atlantic Indoor Association. In the 2014-15 season, the Color Guard remained undefeated in the Atlantic Indoor Association and Winter Guard International ciruit, and ending the season with taking Gold at Atlantic Indoor Association Championship finals, beating their competition by 10 points, resulting in a 90.06. They were the only Color Guard at Atlantic Indoor Association Championships to break 90.

Winter Indoor Drumline shows include Communication Breakdown (2011–12), Arrhythmia (2012–13), In My Own World (2014–15), and Into the Storm (2015-16). During the 2014-15 season, the Winter Indoor Drumline took championships at the Atlantic Indoor Association Finals Competition. In the 2015-16 season, the Drumline moved up one division, from Percussion Scholastic Regional A to Scholastic Regional A.

Sports[edit]

Tuscarora's Football team is first in Division 5A in the state of Virginia.[5] After suffering the tragic loss of one of their coaches, Adam Fortune, the school dedicated the field to him naming it Fortune Field and placing a stone below the scoreboard in his memory. During that season, the Huskies won the region championship and advanced to the state finals with a 14–0 record where they lost to LC Bird 22-19 ending their season at 14–1.[6] While small, the Tuscarora Golf team has made it far, winning the 5A North Region championship in 2014 to earn them a place in the Virginia state golf tournament, where they finished in 4th place.[7]

Enrollment history[edit]

School Year Number of Students
2010–2011 1,097[8]
2011–2012 1,548[9]
2012–2013 1,746[10]
2013–2014 1,910[11]

Due to the attendance of Lansdowne students at Tuscarora because of overcrowding at Stone Bridge, the enrollment numbers reflected fast-approaching over-crowding at Tuscarora. When Riverside High School in Lansdowne opened in 2015, the enrollment dropped by about 300 students.[10]

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Coordinates: 39°08′00″N 77°33′27″W / 39.1333°N 77.5574°W / 39.1333; -77.5574