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Falls Church High School

Falls Church High School (FCHS) is a high school located in West Falls Church, Virginia, in unincorporated Fairfax County.[3] While the school has a Falls Church mailing address, the school does not serve the City of Falls Church, which is served by George Mason High School. The school serves grades 9 through 12. It was relocated from its former site in downtown Falls Church to the current address, 7521 Jaguar Trail, Falls Church, Virginia 22042, in 1967[4] Falls Church High's school motto is "Building on Our Success." The mascot for the school is a Jaguar. The school colors are dark green and white.[5] The principal is Benjamin Nowak.[6]

Falls Church High School
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Falls Church High School is located in Northern Virginia
Falls Church High School
Falls Church High School
Falls Church High School is located in Virginia
Falls Church High School
Falls Church High School
Falls Church High School is located in the United States
Falls Church High School
Falls Church High School
7521 Jaguar Trail


United States
Coordinates38°51′44″N 77°12′24″W / 38.86222°N 77.20667°W / 38.86222; -77.20667Coordinates: 38°51′44″N 77°12′24″W / 38.86222°N 77.20667°W / 38.86222; -77.20667
School typePublic, high school
Founded1945,[1] 1967 (relocated)
School districtFairfax County Public Schools
PrincipalBenjamin Nowak
Enrollment2,150[2] (2018-19)
Color(s)Green, White and Gold (alternate)             
Athletics conference
Feeder schoolsJackson Middle School, Poe Middle School


There were 2,029 students enrolled in Falls Church High School 2018–2019 school year. Of those, 1,038 (51.16%) were Hispanic, 410 (20.21%) were Asian, 369 (18.19%) were white (non-Hispanic); 128 (6.31%) were black (non-Hispanic); and 84 (4.14%) were from another ethnic group.[7] In terms of gender, 935 students identified as females (46.08%) and 1,094 identified as male (53.92%). Most of Falls Church High School's students (90%) are enrolled in general education. Some students are enrolled in special education, and some receive English Learner services. The graduation rate is 85%.[8]


Prior to 1967, the school was located at Hillwood Avenue and Cherry Street in Falls Church, Virginia. It then moved to its current location at 7521 Jaguar Trail, Falls Church, Virginia 22042.[9] It is located off Arlington Boulevard, near Kingsley Commons, formerly Jefferson Village Apartments, and Graham Road Shopping Center.

Test scoresEdit

Falls Church High School is fully accredited based on its Virginia Standards of Learning test performance. The school was listed as the 603rd best high school in America by U.S. News & World Report in 2013.[10]

Recent historyEdit

On December 5, 2006, Falls Church High School was named a National Demonstration Site for the elective class Advancement Via Individual Determination, (AVID).[11] Falls Church is one of only two schools in Fairfax County that have a full four-year AVID program. Lynne Cheney, author, scholar, former talk-show host, and wife of former Vice President Dick Cheney, was the guest commencement speaker for the class of 2004 at the inaugural graduation ceremony held at the George Mason University Patriot Center. On June 1, 2007, at the Jaguars' graduation at the Patriot Center, on the campus of George Mason University, Ben Affleck made a special appearance as the guest speaker thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. With the start of the 2010–2011 school year, Falls Church gained some of Annandale High School's population as the result of the Annandale Border Control Force (ABCF) and their actions.[12] In the winter of 2010, two students qualified for the state Intel science fair: Junior Amanda Harbison and sophomore Maggie Cullather.

Extracurricular activitiesEdit


The FCHS Marching Jags were named honor band in 2006. They also won a superior rating in 2008, with their show "Music of the Police" and another superior rating in 2009 concert festival with selections titled "True Blue March," "Chant and Jubilo," and "Dominion in the Sky."


During the 2009 football season, The Jaguars maintained a 5-5 record, led by varsity quarterback Ajay Kashyap, during the regular season.[13] The high note of the season was during week seven, when the Jaguars upset the AAA National District powerhouse Thomas A. Edison High School (Fairfax County, Virginia) Eagles 16-14. This was the Jaguars' first win over the Eagles since 1998 and the Eagles' first AAA National District loss since 2005. The Jaguars also won their homecoming against the Mount Vernon High School Majors 42-32 and also the Bell Game against rival J. E. B. Stuart High School 42-20. During the season, senior running back Marcus Hughes rushed for a region high 1,741 yards on 245 carries, averaging 7.2 yards per carry and 19 touchdowns.[14]

During the 2013 season, the Jaguars defeated Annandale at Annandale 43-27; defeated Thomas Jefferson 43-14; defeated McLean in the 1st Annual Mosaic Bowl 28-21 with a trick play in the last 30 seconds (also known as the Mosaic Miracle); defeated Wakefield 37-15; defeated Mount Vernon 49-17; and defeated Edison at Edison's Homecoming Game 49-26. The Jaguars played Mount Vernon for their homecoming game and won. The Jaguars received a lot of attention on the television news (WUSA Channel 9, Fox 5 News, and ABC 7 News) and also in newspapers (Washington Post). In 2013, the Jags won the Bell Game vs Stuart 35-13. In the playoffs the Jaguars played Albemarle High School from Charlottesville at home. The Jags won 24-23 by a missed field goal from Albemarle within the last few minutes of the game. The Jags then advanced to the second round of playoffs away at Massaponax down in Fredericksburg. Head football coach Said Aziz was voted the Northern Virginia coach of the year in 2013.

In 2014, the Jaguars went 7-3, and lost in the first round of the playoffs. In 2016, the Jaguars went 7-3, again winning the conference, and again losing the Albemarle in the first round of the playoffs.


During the 2010 cheer season, the Jaguars won district championship and went to regionals. In the 2011 cheer season, the Jaguars were runners up for the district. Both seasons were led by head coach Eliza Kirchner.

In 2013, the Jaguars competed in Conference 13 and received first place in all preliminary rounds. The Jaguars won the Conference 13 championship and went to regionals.

In 2014, the Jags competed in Conference 13 and came in first in the semifinals but fell short to J.E.B. Stuart, who placed second, and Mount Vernon, who placed first. The Jags went on to compete in regionals, where they placed fifth.

In 2015, the Falls Church High School Varsity Cheerleading Team competed in the Conference 13 semifinals, where they came in first, and in finals, where they retained their standing and placed first to move on to regionals. They defeated their long-time rival, the J.E.B. Stuart Cheerleading Team, which placed sixth.


In 1984, the school's baseball field was named Al McCullock Field for baseball coach Al McCullock, whose son has the same honor at Herndon High School.[15]

Bicycle repair club for the homelessEdit

Under the guidance of Andrew Zlatnik, students learn the art of bicycle repair and modification, using donated equipment and bikes, which are then given as mobility gifts or sold to support other programs for local homeless families.[citation needed]

Notable alumniEdit


  1. ^ "ZZ-FC015 Jefferson Institute". Commonwealth of Virginia Historical Markers. Archived from the original on 2007-07-15. Retrieved 2007-06-30.
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  3. ^ "Falls Church CDP, Virginia." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on October 21, 2009.
  4. ^ "Contact | Falls Church High School". Retrieved 2017-11-08.
  5. ^ "History".
  6. ^ "Administration | Falls Church High School". Retrieved 23 July 2019.
  7. ^ "Falls Church High School Profile".
  8. ^ "Falls Church High". USNews.
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  10. ^ "Best High Schools".
  11. ^ "FCPS – News Releases". Archived from the original on 2007-08-24. Retrieved 2007-04-26.
  12. ^ Glod, Maria (June 1, 2007). "For Classes of '07, Star-Powered Send-Offs". The Washington Post. Retrieved May 2, 2010.
  13. ^ "Falls Church High School Varsity Football Fall 2017 Schedule".
  14. ^ Inc., Digital Sports. "DigitalSports – Digital Athlete Profile".
  15. ^ Williams, Preston (May 7, 2009). "Varsity Letter: Herndon High Names Baseball Field for Coach Alan McCullock". The Washington Post. Retrieved June 20, 2017.
  16. ^ "Falls Church's Tatianna Rocks RuPaul's World - Falls Church News-Press Online". Falls Church News-Press Online. 10 March 2010. Retrieved 11 November 2018. you’d hardly recognize the slender, attractive Falls Church High School grad

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