Patrick Henry High School (Roanoke, Virginia)

Patrick Henry High School is a public high school located in the Grandin Court neighborhood of Roanoke, Virginia. It is one of the two general enrollment high schools for the Roanoke City Public Schools.[3] The school is located on Grandin Road SW near the intersection with Brandon Avenue SW in the Raleigh Court neighborhood.

Patrick Henry High School
2102 Grandin Road SW

Coordinates37°15′23″N 79°59′5″W / 37.25639°N 79.98472°W / 37.25639; -79.98472Coordinates: 37°15′23″N 79°59′5″W / 37.25639°N 79.98472°W / 37.25639; -79.98472
TypePublic school
School districtRoanoke City Public Schools
PrincipalAnthony Frazier[1]
Staff123.08 (FTE)[2]
Enrollment1,923 (2017-18)[2]
Student to teacher ratio15.62[2]
Color(s)Purple and Gold
Athletics5A Region, River Ridge District, Virginia High School League
RivalWilliam Fleming High School
NewspaperThe Patriot Banner
YearbookThe Patriot

The school is named for Virginia's first governor and American Revolution leader Patrick Henry.


Patrick Henry High School’s history dates back to 1961 as construction was completed to serve approximately 1,200 students. Patrick Henry was an open campus-style school consisting of three main buildings (Parsons Building, Persinger Building, McQuilkin Building) named after prominent members of RCPS and the Roanoke community. Penn Hall, named in honor of Dr. Harry Penn,[4] was completed in 1975, increasing the school’s capacity to 1,600. In 1989, the school division implemented the middle school concept that extended Patrick Henry’s enrollment to 9th graders. In 2006, the school's campus style layout with multiple buildings (or, "halls") was replaced with a newly constructed, conventional school building.[5] The entire project was completed in 2008, A new Senior patio, a small square behind the main building that is intended for use as an outside dining area during lunch periods was completed in 2010.


Patrick Henry High School is a comprehensive high school which includes grades 9-12 with a student enrollment of 1,900 students. The school offers numerous Advanced Placement courses along with partnering with Virginia Western Community College to provide Dual Enrollment college courses at PH[6]. In 2012 - 2017 Patrick Henry was rated as one of the best high schools in America by Newsweek and currently is ranked 704 out of 2399 schools in the nation.[7] The Roanoke Valley Governor's School for Science and Technology also sits on Patrick Henry campus.

Athletics and extracurricularsEdit

Patrick Henry High School is a member of the Virginia High School League and competes in the Class 5A North Region in the River Ridge District.[8] Patrick Henry High School has won 13 state VHSL championships in Football (1973), Basketball (1988, 1992), Tennis (2004), Forensics (2014, 2015, 2016, 2018), Girls Swim (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019), and Boys Lacrosse (2017).

PH Football TeamEdit

Patrick Henry High School Football Team won the 1973 AAA State Championship, capping an undefeated season. Merrill Gainer was the head coach of the Patrick Henry Patriots and the current football stadium at PH is named after him.[9]

PH Boys Basketball TeamEdit

Patrick Henry High School won Group AAA state titles in boys basketball in 1988 and 1992. University of North Carolina and eventual NBA basketball player George Lynch led the Patriots to a AAA State Championship in 1988, his junior year. Patrick Henry won in the semifinals against Alonzo Mourning's Indian River High School team. Curtis Staples led the team again in 1992. Staples went on to play at the University of Virginia and played pro basketball for eight years. The team was coached by Woody Deans.[10] The basketball court in the new gymnasium on campus has been named Woody Deans Court in his honor.[11]

PH Boys TennisEdit

In 2004, PH won the VHSL AAA State Tennis Championship.

PH ForensicsEdit

In 2014 the Forensics Team won the VHSL 6A State Championship. The PH Forensics Team repeated as the 2015 5A State Champions[12] and did a "3-Peat" 5A State Championship in 2016. The PH Forensics team won the 2018 5A State Championship.[13]

PH Girls Swim TeamEdit

The PH Girls Swim Team won the 2016 5A State Championship, 2017 5A State Championship, 2018 5A State Championship.[14] and the 2019 5A State Championship.[15]

PH Boys LacrosseEdit

The PH Boys Lacrosse won the 2017 5A State Championship in June 2017.[16]

PH Chess Team and TheaterEdit

On December 10-December 12, 2006, the chess team went to the National Grade Level Championships in Lake Buena Vista, Florida and won second place for the 10th grade level. In 2007 the 10th grade chess team repeated their national second place in Houston, Texas, and the 11th grade team won the national championship.[17] In 1988 the theatre department won state VHSL championship for the second time. The first was the year before.

Notable alumniEdit


  1. ^ "Patrick Henry 2019-2020 Administrative Team". Retrieved 14 November 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "Patrick Henry High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved March 27, 2020.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-04-01. Retrieved 2007-12-23.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Dr. Harry Penn: Dentist, Civic Leader." Discover: History & Heritage. This is number three of a four-part series of specialty publications of the Roanoke Times. February 2016. Page 54[full citation needed]
  5. ^ Patrick Henry High School: New and improved: Roanoke Times - August 20, 2007
  6. ^ RCPS Highlights and Initiatives:
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  8. ^ River Ridge District Main Website:
  9. ^ Roanoke honoring Merrill Gainer: Bluefield Daily Telegraph - June 26, 2007
  10. ^ McFarling: Old friends meet as rivals in Lea's Winter Classic: Roanoke Times – January 24, 2015
  11. ^ WDBJ7 Roanoke News and Weather NRV Lynchburg Danville | Roanoke City shows former Coach some "Hardwood" Love at PH Archived 2007-11-23 at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ Patrick Henry forensics team leaps to top level: Roanoke Times – March 20, 2015 -
  13. ^ PH Forensics team wins the 5A State Championship: PHHS Main Webpage – March 26, 2018
  14. ^ Girls swimming wins the 5A State Title for the 3rd year in a row: PHHS Main Webpage – February 19, 2018 -
  15. ^ H.S. Swimming: Patrick Henry girls claim 4th straight state swim title: Roanoke Times February 16, 2019 -
  16. ^ Patriots' day: Patrick Henry wins first boys lacrosse title by edging Atlee High School in 5A final: Roanoke Times June 10, 2017 -
  17. ^ "2006 National Scholastic K-12/Collegiate Championship". Retrieved 18 February 2015.
  18. ^ "Lynch, NBA survivor" from The Roanoke Times Archived 2012-09-09 at
  19. ^ "Bleacher Report". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 18 February 2015.
  20. ^ John S Edwards Virginia Senate Archived 2007-08-29 at the Wayback Machine
  21. ^ "Tony Atlas back in action in Roanoke" from The Roanoke Times Archived 2012-09-09 at
  22. ^ "Tanquil Lisa Collins". IMDb. Retrieved 18 February 2015.
  23. ^ Casey, Dan. "Sunday's column: Rename high school for Wayne LaPierre?". Roanoke Times. Retrieved 29 June 2018. Patrick Henry High in Roanoke. That happens to be Wayne LaPierre's alma mater. He was in the class of '67.
  24. ^ "Shannon Taylor". Retrieved 18 February 2015.

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