Van, West Virginia

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Census-designated place (CDP)
Van is located in West Virginia
Location within the state of West Virginia
Coordinates: 37°58′16″N 81°42′39″W / 37.97111°N 81.71083°W / 37.97111; -81.71083Coordinates: 37°58′16″N 81°42′39″W / 37.97111°N 81.71083°W / 37.97111; -81.71083
Country United States
State West Virginia
County Boone
 • Total 0.614 sq mi (1.59 km2)
 • Land 0.598 sq mi (1.55 km2)
 • Water 0.016 sq mi (0.04 km2)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 211
 • Density 340/sq mi (130/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 25206

Van is a census-designated place (CDP) in Boone County, West Virginia, United States, along the Pond Fork of the Little Coal River. As of the 2010 census, its population was 211.[2] Its ZIP code is 25206. Van was named after Van Linville, who established its post office and served as its first postmaster.[3]


Van is one of the many small communities on West Virginia Route 85, which winds through valley after valley staying close beside the Little Coal River. Van is mostly residential with a gas station, a pharmacy, a flower shop, a few churches, a pizza take out, an elementary school, a junior/senior high school, a Christian school, a volunteer fire department, an Ambulance Station, and a Senior Nutrition Center. The Pond Fork of the Little Coal river that runs through Van is a designated stream that the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources stocks fish, such as trout, a few times a year.


Van High School, which was formerly known as Crook District High School, is nestled up on "The Hill" overlooking the rural town of Van. Van Junior-Senior High School and Van Elementary School are both located on Bulldog Blvd.

Van High School has also been very successful in athletics as it competes in the West Virginia Secondary Schools Activities Commission. Its mascot is a Bulldog and its school colors are Blue and Gold. The Bulldogs compete in Class Single A, which is the smallest of three classes in West Virginia. Van High is one of only three high schools in Boone County.

Baseball has won five state championships in 1982 (AA), 1988 (A), 1991(A), 1992(A), 1993(A) and the state runner-up six times 1981, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1995, 1996, 2004 and 2007. They have been in the state tournament, which includes the final four from each class a record 19 times since 1981.

Football has appeared in the state playoffs ten times since 1981. Playoff years include 1981(A), 1983(A), 1984(A), 1986(A), 1991(A), 1992(A), 1993(A), 1996(A), 2001(A), and 2003(A). The Bulldogs advanced to the final eight teams in 1981, 1983, 1984, 1991, 1993, and 2001. They advanced to the final four in 1986 and 1992.

Basketball has appeared in the regional finals on four different occasions, which is the last game before the state tournament is held in Charleston. They have won sectional finals in 1977(AA), 1995(A), 1996(A), and 2002(A). In 1991-1992, a multimillion-dollar gymnasium was built to take the place of one of the only "domed" gyms in West Virginia.

Girls Basketball has won a state championship (A) in 1982. They also advanced to the state tournament in 1983.

Notable Residents[edit]

  • Hasil Adkins- Appalachian Rockabilly one man band who recorded many songs, appeared in movies and TV shows and was featured in a documentary, "The Wild World Of Hasil Adkins."
  • Johnny E. Blair - Inventor of the first fast food drive inn ordering systems in the 1960s. Retractable Arms Inc. He contracted with Shoney's Big Boy and installed his electronic ordering system and drive inns in many parts of the country.
  • Robin Jean Davis- West Virginia Supreme Court Justice
  • Tony Gibson- West Virginia University Defensive Coordinator
  • Jesco White- Mountain dancer who was featured in documentaries, TV shows and countless popular songs among other things.
  • Michael Wooten- Anchor/Reporter- WGRZ News Channel 2 (Buffalo, NY)- NBC Affiliate
  • Henry Ramey - World War II hero- Awarded Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts