Grassfield High School

Grassfield High School is a public high school located in Chesapeake, Virginia, USA, and is administered by Chesapeake City Public Schools. It was built to ease overcrowding at Deep Creek High School, Great Bridge High School, and Hickory High School.[2] Grassfield, along with Western Branch High School and Oscar Smith High School, features the latest technology available in the school district.[3] Grassfield is also the City of Chesapeake's location for the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) school as various high school students around the city can apply for admission into the program.[4]

Grassfield High School
Address
2007 Grizzly Trail

,
23323

United States
Coordinates36°42′50.5″N 76°18′50.3″W / 36.714028°N 76.313972°W / 36.714028; -76.313972Coordinates: 36°42′50.5″N 76°18′50.3″W / 36.714028°N 76.313972°W / 36.714028; -76.313972
Information
School typePublic, High School
Founded2007
School districtChesapeake City Public Schools
PrincipalMrs. Carolyn Bernard (2007-2013) Mr. Mike Perez (2013-Current)
Teaching staff126.66 (FTE)[1]
Grades9–12
Enrollment2,071 (2017-18)[1]
Student to teacher ratio16.35[1]
LanguageEnglish
Campus100-acre (0.40 km2) Suburban
Color(s)Red, White, and Navy Blue      
Athletics conferenceVirginia High School League
AAA Eastern Region
Southeastern District
MascotGrizzlies, Mr. Griz
RivalGreat Bridge High School
Hickory High School
Deep Creek High School
Feeder schoolsCedar Road Elementary School
Hickory Elementary School
Deep Creek Central Elementary School
Grassfield Elementary School
Great Bridge Middle School
Hickory Middle School
Hugo A. Owens Middle School
WebsiteOfficial Site

HistoryEdit

By 2004 the school district was planning to spend $63.6 million to build Grassfield, and anticipated it would open in 2007.[5]

ExtracurricularsEdit

AthleticsEdit

Grassfield's 24 varsity sports teams compete in Conference 2 of the VHSL's Group 6A South Region.[6]

  • Fall - Cheerleading, Boys and Girls Cross Country, Field Hockey, Football, Boys and Girls Golf, Boys and Girls Volleyball, Marching Band
  • Winter - Boys and Girls Basketball, Cheerleading, Gymnastics, Boys and Girls Indoor Track, Boys and Girls Swimming and Diving, Wrestling, Winter Guard, and Crew (rowing)
  • Spring - Baseball, Boys and Girls Tennis, Boys and Girls Soccer, Softball, Boys Lacrosse, and Boys and Girls Outdoor Track

In November 2007 Grassfield held a home run derby to raise money for their athletic teams. It included B.J. Upton, Justin Upton, Ryan Zimmerman, David Wright, Michael Cuddyer, and Mark Reynolds.[7] The Girls Varsity Volleyball team made school history in their fall 2008 season by winning both the regular season and district tournament titles, and receiving the first district championship banner in the gym.[8]

FootballEdit

The football team is currently coached by Martin Asprey.

Year Division Region District W L Playoff Seed Head Coach
2007 5 Eastern Southeastern 1* 9 Did not qualify Martin Asprey
2008 7 4 6th
2009 6 9 3 4th
2010 8 3 5th
2011 10 2 4th
2012 8 3 6th
2013 9 3 4th
2014 4 6 Did not qualify
2015 8 4 5th
2016 9 3 7th
2017 6A 3 7 Did not qualify
2018 4 6 Did not qualify
2019 5 6 6th
2020 3 4 Did not qualify
2021 1 9 Did not qualify
2022

(*) Nansemond River High School forfeited their victory due to an ineligible player.[9]

SwimmingEdit

During the 2017-2018 Grassfield Swim season the girls team secured a first place victory at regionals.

WrestlingEdit

In February 2009 the Grassfield wrestling team secured 1st place for the regular season and won Southeastern District tournament title.[10] During February, they finished 2nd in the Eastern Regional Tournament and 4th at the AAA state tournament. In 2009, the Grizzlies had 2 state champions: Caleb Richardson in the 103 lb (47 kg) class (The Grizzlies' 1st male state champion) and Andrew Clement in the 171 pounds (78 kg) class.[11]

DramaEdit

In its first year, the Grassfield High School Drama Department collected many awards for its performances. Some awards include Second place at the state level for VHSL Theatre competition, best actor awards and best ensemble from the Greek play "Medea".[12] In their second year, The Grassfield Theater Company travelled to the VTA and got second place in the state, first in districts regionals and state for VHSL, winning two best actor awards and first place overall for their production of John Steinbeck's The Pearl.[11] Grassfield has consistently held one of the top theatre departments in the region, winning 1st place in the VHSL Southeast District competition thirteen years consecutively, and once the reorganization of VHSL, the theatre company has been the Conference 2 champion, regional champion in 2014, and garnered VHSL State Championships for Region 6A in 2014 with their production of "King Midas and the Golden Touch" as well as their original play "Digital Breadcrumbs" in 2016.

Choral departmentEdit

The Singers of Grassfield High School received a rating of superior in their inaugural year, and are a participants in various other performances in Chesapeake and Southeastern Virginia. All three of Grassfield High School's choirs, the Select Women's Treble Singers, Chamber Singers, Concert Singers and Freshmen Choir all received a rating of superior in their second year of existence. The Select women's and Chamber are the honors chior that are more evolved in competition and harder music. Both choirs promoting musicianship and pushing the students.[13]

The choir is taught by Elise Krepcho, who creates a positive environment for all the students. The choir holds an annual variety show to raise money for the choral department.

Concert bandEdit

In their inaugural year, both the Grassfield High School Freshman and Upperclassmen Concert bands received superior ratings at VBODA District IV band festival. In their second year, the Freshman and Upperclassmen Concert bands received ratings of excellent, and the newly created Symphonic Band received a Superior rating. This gave Grassfield the title of Virginia All-State honors band, for receiving Superior ratings for their Marching and top-ranked Concert bands. In 2019 the Symphonic Band and Concert band both received superior ratings.[14]

Notable alumniEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Grassfield High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved March 27, 2020.
  2. ^ Cupitt, Tom (Spring 2007). "Grassfield High School on Target" (PDF). CPSchools.com. Retrieved February 26, 2009.
  3. ^ Rita Frankenberry (September 1, 2006). "What makes Grassfield High School cool?". The Virginian-Pilot. Retrieved May 28, 2018.
  4. ^ "Stem Academy – Grassfield High School". Retrieved 2019-01-17.
  5. ^ Bowers, Matthew (2004-10-12). "Chesapeake reveals building plan for schools". The Virginian-Pilot. Archived from the original on 2005-04-30. Retrieved 2021-04-14.
  6. ^ "Classification: 6A South". Virginia High School League. Retrieved January 21, 2014.
  7. ^ Rich Radford (November 4, 2007). "Homegrown stars a hit at home run derby". The Virginian-Pilot. Retrieved May 28, 2018.
  8. ^ John Streit (November 4, 2008). "Girls volleyball: Grassfield, Landstown cruise into region semis". The Virginian-Pilot. Retrieved May 28, 2018.
  9. ^ Larry Rubama (October 24, 2007). "Nansemond River forfeits two football wins". The Virginian-Pilot. Retrieved May 28, 2018.
  10. ^ John Streit (February 7, 2009). "Wrestling: Grassfield ends Great Bridge's Southeastern reign". The Virginian-Pilot. Retrieved May 28, 2018.
  11. ^ a b "2009 Theatre State Competition". Chesapeake Public Schools. Archived from the original on December 25, 2010. Retrieved March 27, 2009.
  12. ^ Christy Barritt (April 11, 2008). "Grassfield High drama places 2nd in the state". The Virginian-Pilot. Retrieved May 28, 2018.
  13. ^ "A Note from the Director". Chesapeake Public Schools. Archived from the original on July 8, 2011. Retrieved February 24, 2009.
  14. ^ "Concert Bands". Grassfield High School Bands. Archived from the original on December 4, 2008. Retrieved February 24, 2009.

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