Wilbert Tucker Woodson High School
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|Wilbert Tucker Woodson High School|
|9525 Main Street
Fairfax, Virginia 22031
|School type||Public, high school|
|School district||Fairfax County Public Schools|
|Assistant principals||Richard Deivert, Tom Maher|
|Color(s)||Navy blue, red and white|
|Feeder schools||Frost Middle School
Mantua Elementary School
Little Run Elementary School
Olde Creek Elementary School
Canterbury Woods Elementary School
Wakefield Forest Elementary School
|Rival schools||Fairfax High School
Lake Braddock Secondary School
Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology
|Athletic conferences||Patriot District
Wilbert Tucker Woodson High School, commonly known as W.T. Woodson High School or simply Woodson, is a high school located in Fairfax County, Virginia, in the east end of the city of Fairfax, opposite the shopping center on Main Street.
The school opened in 1962 and once was the largest school in the state. As of 2008 the student population is around 2,100. Woodson has the biggest campus in Fairfax County in size of area, and also houses Woodson Adult High School, a program designed to allow adults to earn their GEDs and HS diplomas. It was ranked #74 on Newsweek's Top 1000 U.S. High Schools in 2008. The school is named after Wilbert Tucker Woodson, superintendent of Fairfax County Public Schools from 1929 to 1961.
Robert Elliott, the school's principal, retired in late November 2007. The new principal is Jeff Yost, former assistant principal.
Academics and statistics
Woodson High School is a fully accredited high school based on Standardized Testing in Virginia. The average SAT score in the 2009-2010 school year for Woodson High School was 1778.
VDOE accreditation summary
The following table shows the passing rates of all Woodson students in their respective years and academic subjects, as determined by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE).
SOL test scores
|English: Reading/Literature And Research||86.8||NA||NA|
|Virginia And United States History (2001 Standards)||97.6||97.4||97.6|
|World History / Geography II||94.9||98.0||97.7|
|World History And Geography I||95.1||96.4||97.0|
|Algebra I (Plain English) (2001 Standards)||NA||TS||83.3|
|Algebra II (2001 Revised)||90.5||93.2||95.4|
|Algebra II (2001 Standards)||63.0||NA||NA|
|Geometry (2001 Standards)||93.6||93.2||93.5|
For the 2011-12 school year, Woodson High School's student body was 60.91% White, 23.12% Asian, 8.25% Hispanic, 3.19% Black and 4.54% Other.
Mr. Emory Chelsey 1962-1965
Mr. Robert Phipps 1965-1968
Mr. William P. Ladson 1968-1972
Mr. Robert Phipps 1972-1981
Dr. James Wilson 1981-1986
Mr. Charles E. "Chuck" Billak 1986-1991
Dr. Gary Miller 1991-1999
Mr. Robert Elliot 1999-2007
Mr. Jeff Yost 2007-present
Woodson began the process of renovating all of its facilities in 2005 and adding several classrooms. The project was paid for in bonds that were established in 2003 by a voter referendum. The issue of whether to renovate had been debated for several years before the plan was approved. Woodson was one of the oldest schools in Fairfax County Public Schools, as the main facilities (plumbing, heating/cooling, floors, electrical) were still fundamentally the same as they were when the structure was built. The renovations nearly doubled the square footage of the school.
The project was completed in 2009. The renovation consisted of complete renovation to all existing interior spaces, as well as adding to the performing arts and athletic wings, creating a new administration wing with a new front entrance, highlighted by a large tower and the addition of a new science classroom wing and two student drop off areas.
Activities, groups, and programs
Woodson's mascot is a Cavalier and the sports teams play in the AAA Patriot District and the Northern Region. In 1976, the Washington Diplomats of the North American Soccer League used the school's stadium as their home field.
The Cavalier- Woodson's yearbook, is a VHSL AAA publication
- In February 2012, the yearbook, The Cavalier, won national recognition from the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) as a Pacemaker finalist. This is the first time the yearbook staff has received this honor.
The girl's field hockey team defeated Princess Anne High School in the state finals in 2003, and the girl's lacrosse team won states in both 2004 and 2005. Both the Girl's Tennis team and the Girl's Lacrosse teams came in second place in the state in the 2006-2007 school year. The school's competitive fall Varsity Cheerleading team took 1st in their invitational, as well as 3rd in their district in the 2007-2008 school year. The team also moved on to Regionals.
In 2005 the men's varsity soccer team under the captains Jack Wolfe, Michael Lahoud, and Sean McCarthy reached the state finals but lost in additional overtime. They were, however, able to perform a herculean feat by dominating Robinson High School in 2000 to capture the coveted Virginia State Soccer Title. Several players went on to play at the next level including Michael Lahoud who went on to win a national championship in 2008 with Wake Forest. Lahoud was picked 9th overall in the 2009 Major League Soccer SuperDraft by the soccer club Chivas USA. To date, W.T. Woodson has won 30 Virginia AAA State Championships in a variety of sports.
Performing Arts department
Woodson offers three levels of concert band: Concert I, Concert II, and the Symphonic Band, as well as a Marching Band that performs in the fall and a Jazz Band that plays in the winter. The current director is Melinda McKenzie-Hall. The band received the prestigious Sudler Flag of Honor in 1995 and 2012, and has been named a Virginia Honor Band 20 times. In 2009, the Woodson Symphonic band was invited to play at the VMEA conference as the featured wind ensemble, and performed as a featured high school band at the University of South Carolina's annual Band Clinic and Conducting Symposium in February 2010. The Symphonic Band will also perform at the CBDNA/NBA Southern Division Conference in Kennesaw, Georgia, in February 2012. The winter guard is also praised for its consistent high rankings and success in the region. In 2008, the winter guard was ranked the #1 high school winter guard in Virginia in the AIA circuit.
The Choral program features two Women's Ensembles and two Men's Ensembles, as well as a Chorale and a Select Vocal Ensemble. The choral department is the largest in the state of Virginia, with over 300 members each year since 2006. The department is renowned for its excellence in Virginia and nationwide as a consistently top ranked choir. The Select Women's Ensemble has performed at the VMEA conference twice as has the Select Vocal Ensemble once. The Select Vocal Ensemble has also performed at the Kennedy Center several times—once at the Terrace Theater, on the Millenium Stage in 2007, and on the main stage with the City Choir of Washington in 2010. The department also puts on a musical revue called "Dessert on Broadway" every winter. The director is Michael Ehrlich, current president of the VMEA and former president and vice-president of the VCDA. He celebrated his 20th anniversary of teaching choir at Woodson in 2008.
The Orchestra Department is headed by Melodie Simms, and comprises the String Ensemble and the Chamber Orchestra. A Symphony Orchestra is also put together from year to year in the spring with wind players joining by volunteer.
The theatre department puts on productions in the fall and spring, usually one musical and one play. These productions have been nominated for numerous Cappies awards and have won several of them over the years. The department is headed by Terri Hobson.
A guitar class was added in 2009, with three levels taught by Melodie Simms, and Laura Layman.
The school's Model UN club won the Best Small School cup at the Ivy League Model United Nations Conference in 2006. In 2009 Woodson MUN earned the Honorable Small School Award at the Ivy League Model United Nations and the Outstanding Large School Award at Mid-Atlantic Simulation of United Nations. In 2008, Woodson beat Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in the District It's Academic competition, the first time Jefferson has lost in over five years. In the 2008-2009 season, the Woodson team made it to the semifinal round in the It's Academic television show, the furthest the school has ever gotten in its history. Woodson was the only team from Virginia to make it to the semifinal round. In 2010 and 2011, the It's Academic Team won the Patriot District Championship, finishing 3rd in the Northern Region in 2010 and 2nd in the Northern Region in 2011. The 2011 team then went on to the State Championships where they finished 4th after an upset loss in the semifinals. In 2011, the team also won the Washington, D.C. area championship and the Super Bowl for the 50th season of the TV show It's Academic.
Communities served by Woodson
Woodson in the news
- On April 1, 1973, a strong tornado struck Woodson High School and ripped off the roof. It was hit on a Sunday and no injuries were reported. The students did a split shift with Oakton High School to finish out the school year. Graduation ceremonies were held on their home football field.
- In 2004, Newsweek rated Woodson as the 22nd best high school in the United States according to the Challenge Index system developed by The Washington Post reporter Jay Mathews. In 2005, the school placed 34th; in 2006, it placed 92nd; and in 2007 the school was ranked 65th in the United States.
- In 2008 Woodson was ranked the 90th best public high school in America by the U.S. News & World Report, the first time Woodson has made the list.
- In 2011, 15-year-old student Nick Stuban committed suicide. He was suspended from Woodson for the possession of JWH-018 (a legal, "marijuana-like" substance) and transferred to another school.
- In February 2012, Woodson Senior Samantha "Sam" Bryant won the Seventeen (magazine) Design Your Own Prom Dress contest, a fashion contest from David's Bridal for her prom dress design.
- Robert F. Godec, Jr., Former U.S. Ambassador to Tunisia
- Michael Weiss, U. S. skating and Olympic champion.
- Christopher McCandless, Alaskan traveler, subject of the nonfiction work Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer and subsequent film.
- Austin St. John, (born September 17, 1975) an American actor best known for his role on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers as Jason Lee Scott, the Original Red Power Ranger.
- Tommy Amaker, point guard for Duke University (1983–1987) and men's basketball coach for Seton Hall (1997–2001), the University of Michigan (2001–2007) and Harvard University (2007–present)
- Catherine Coleman, astronaut
- Andy Heck, pro-football player (1989–2002), currently the offensive line coach for the Kansas City Chiefs football team
- Joe Easley, former Dismemberment Plan drummer
- Giti Khalsa, percussion for the band Seven Mary Three
- Terry Clark, guitar for the band Carbon Leaf
- Kevin Harrison, director and writer of the Hollywood movie "First Descent"
- Abe Thompson, professional soccer player, all-time leader scorer at the University of Maryland, College Park with 112 points, currently plays with Kansas City Wizards of MLS
- Denny (Denise) Dowse, television actress
- Matt Abts, drummer for the band Gov't Mule
- Jaclyn (Raveia) Schmitt, former professional soccer player, WUSA North Carolina Courage and New York Power, first female soccer player to be inducted to the University of Richmond's sports hall of fame
- Tommy Steenberg, U.S. Figure Skater
- Bob Cesca, columnist/blogger for The Huffington Post, creator of anime series Kung Fu Jimmy Chow and web cartoon Napster Bad
- Steve Marino, professional golfer
- Michael Lahoud, professional soccer player for Philadelphia Union
- Thomas J. Perrelli, Associate Attorney General of the United States
- Clarence Goodson, member of the United States National Soccer Team
- Steve Meister, Lead Programmer, Fallout, Skyrim
- Jennifer Wilson, opera singer
- Christina Travers, fashion designer
- Aseem Rastogi, Director of Women's Basketball Player Personnel at Virginia Commonwealth University
- David B. Chase, musical theatre composer, arranger and conductor
- Dave Aitel, CTO and Founder of Immunity, Inc.
- Debra Meloy Elmegreen, First woman to earn bachelor's degree in astronomy from Princeton; professor at Vassar; president of the American Astronomical Society
- Brantz, Loryn - Author and Illustrator of award winning children's book, Harvey the Child Mime. * Winner of Emmy for Prop/Design for work on Sesame Street - season 39 and an emmy for season 41.
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