Western Albemarle High School

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Western Albemarle High School
Western Albemarle High School entrance
5941 Rockfish Gap Turnpike


United States
School typePublic, Comprehensive high school
FoundedSeptember 1977
School districtAlbemarle County Public Schools
SuperintendentDr. Matthew S. Haas
PrincipalDr. Patrick McLaughlin (Interum)
Enrollment1,077 (2016-17)[1]
Color(s)          Blue and Gold
Athletics conferenceVHSL Group 3A West Region
Jefferson District
RivalAlbemarle Patriots, Charlottesville Black Knights, Monticello Mustangs
NewspaperThe Western Hemisphere
Feeder schoolsJ. T. Henley Middle School

Western Albemarle High School is a public high school located in Crozet, Virginia. Western Albemarle is often simply referred to as Western or WAHS (pronounced "woz") by students and locals. The school opened in September 1977.

Front Entrance

About the School[edit]

General Information:

Western Albemarle enrolls approximately 1,073 students. It is situated at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains on a seventy-five acre site adjacent to Highway 250 and Interstate 64. WAHS is part of the Albemarle County Public School System, serving the western and central areas of Albemarle County.

The main feeder school is J. T. Henley Middle School

Facitlity Information:

Western Albemarle High School (WAHS) opened it’s doors to students in the fall of 1977. Then, the school consisted of two classroom wings (The A and B wings) The fine arts wing with the auditorium, band and choir room, as well as a few more classrooms (The C-Wing) and the gymnasium and athletic wing (D-Wing). The building remained untouched until the 1996 academic year when a new addition to the school was opened. This addition added four classrooms and two science labs to the B-Wing and a new auxiliary gymnasium and athletic offices to the D-Wing. In 2005 a new, modern weight room was added to the D-Wing. In 2011, the school received a total overhaul of their athletic field. A brand new AstroTurf playing field and rubber running track was installed using funds from an anonymous donor. In 2015, a renovation to the media center was conducted to enhance student activities as well as modernize the existing, outdated library. The main office was also modernized and renovated to improve school security. In 2016, a new modern greenhouse and classroom was constructed behind the school to be used by Western’s STEM academy the Environmental Studies Academy (ESA). In 2017, two history classrooms and two english classrooms (all together in a quad) were renovated to promote Albemarle County’s Global Studies concept where the history and English classes are intertwined. In the summer of 2018, a total renovation and addition of science labs began. Opening in the fall of 2018 was the schools new Tri-Lab, a large, open multi use space right in the middle of the building. This space consisted of two classrooms and a hallway that were all connected by knocking down walls and modernizing the whole room. Throughout the 2018-19 school year and summer 2019, construction continued on the new science addition that would soon be known as the E-Wing. During the summer of 2019, all of the schools existing science labs were renovated and modernized. These rooms, along with the new E-Wing, opened to students at the beginning of the 2019 school year.


In January 2008, it was announced that Western was one of two schools (along with Murray Elementary) in the County that received the Governor's Award for Educational Excellence. This was the highest honor in the new incentive program for schools and school divisions created by the Board of Education to advance Governor Tim Kaine’s “competence to excellence” agenda.[2]

Also in 2008, the school was ranked 1310 of 1358 of the top 5% of U.S. high schools by Newsweek, placing it in the 9th percentile of school quality.[3] It is also ranked in the top 10 of the state of Virginia.


Tennis facilities

In 2007, Western won the Wachovia Cup, the award given to the best all-around athletic program in the state of Virginia.[citation needed] The school belongs to the Jefferson District of Region II of the Virginia High School League (VHSL). The boys' soccer team won its fourth state championship in 2019, with other championships coming in 1996, 2014, and 2016.[4] The girls' soccer team won their second and third state championships in 2017 and 2018, with the first in 2002. In football they have been three-time Jefferson District champions. In 2011, the Western Albemarle track team sent several relay teams to the national track competition.[which?] In 2004-2005, the school won 21 district, regional, and state championships. The girls' swimming and diving team has won the VHSL 3A State Championship 6 years in a row. The boys' team won its first state championship in 2016 and the second in 2018. In 2017, the girls' and boys' cross-country teams both won the state championship! In 2018, the Boys and Girls Indoor Track teams also won the state championship.[5][6]


Western Albemarle's quizbowl team placed second at the 2014 PACE NSC[7] In 2014 they also won the VHSL Scholastic Bowl 3A title as well as the NAQT Virginia state championship.

WAHS hosts the Destination ImagiNation tournament for the Jefferson District.

Bombing plot[edit]

School grounds

In 2006, a 16-year-old Western Albemarle High School student and a 15-year-old Albemarle High School student were arrested after it was discovered that they were plotting to detonate explosives at their schools.[8] The students were both found guilty of conspiracy to commit murder and conspiracy to use explosives to destroy a school house, and have been committed to the juvenile justice system.[9]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Western Albemarle High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved March 6, 2019.
  2. ^ Timothy M. Kaine (January 10, 2008). "Governor Kaine Announces Awards for High-Performing Virginia Public Schools". Retrieved May 24, 2018.
  3. ^ America's Top Public High Schools
  4. ^ Lehmbeck, Alexander (June 12, 2016). "Warriors on top — again". The Daily Progress. Retrieved May 24, 2018.
  5. ^ Western Albemarle High School Athletics page
  6. ^ Counts, Ron (February 19, 2016). "Western Albemarle sweeps 3A state swimming titles". Retrieved May 24, 2018.
  7. ^ "2014 NSC Results". Retrieved November 14, 2014.
  8. ^ Liesel Nowak (April 6, 2006). "13-year-olds guilty in bomb plot Hawranke hearing delayed". The Daily Progress. Archived from the original on November 8, 2013. Retrieved July 27, 2006.
  9. ^ "Student convicted in bomb plot". Richmond Times-Dispatch. March 30, 2006. Retrieved July 27, 2006.
  10. ^ "Billy Baber". Retrieved May 24, 2018.
  11. ^ "Billy Baber". NFL. Retrieved May 24, 2018.
  12. ^ http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/dailyprogress/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=116350026
  13. ^ Make Me a Supermodel (season 2)

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 38°2′48″N 78°42′24″W / 38.04667°N 78.70667°W / 38.04667; -78.70667