Valwood School

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Valwood School
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4380 Old U.S. HWY 41
Hahira, Georgia, (Lowndes County) 31632
United States
Motto "Academics, Character, Service"
Established 1969
School number 69
Headmaster Nan Wodarz
Color(s) Orange and blue         
Athletics conference 3-AAA
Mascot Valiant

Valwood School is an independent, coeducational, college preparatory school located four miles (6 km) outside of Valdosta, Georgia, United States. It offers programs from pre-kindergarten through high school. Approximately 500[citation needed] students are currently[when?] enrolled.


Valwood School was established in response to desegregation, [1][2] with the first classes conducted in September, 1969 in the old Central Elementary School building in Valdosta. Classes were offered to white students for grades 1-10, and kindergarten and eleventh grade programs were added in 1970. The first full graduation exercise was held in June, 1972, and the school moved to Gornto Road in the fall of that year. A preschool program was added in 1982. Various improvements to the physical plant were completed over the years, including a gymnasium/cafeteria complex in 1973 and an athletic field in 1989. In 2000 the school received a gift of 45 acres (180,000 m2) of pecan grove from the Howard Dasher Company as a relocation site. The school opened its new campus at the location, two miles (3 km) north of Valdosta on Old US Hwy 41, on August 26, 2002. [3]

Accreditation and memberships[edit]

  • The National Association of Independent Schools
  • The Southern Association of Independent Schools
  • The National Association for College Admission Counseling
  • The Southern Association for College Admission Counseling
  • The Georgia Independent School Association
  • Quality by the Georgia Accrediting Commission Member


Valwood is a member of the Georgia Independent School Association (GISA) and currently competes in region 3-AAA.[4] The Valiants football team were the GISA Class A State Champions in 1985, 1986, 1999, Class AA State Champions in 2012, and Class AAA State Champions in 2015. The men's tennis team has won four state titles (1992, 2000, 2001, 2002) and the women's team has won four (2001, 2002, 2003, 2014). The baseball team, under Head Coach Robert Shipman, was state runner-up in consecutive years (2015, 2016).


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Coordinates: 30°53′46″N 83°19′34″W / 30.896°N 83.326°W / 30.896; -83.326