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James W. Robinson, Jr. Secondary School is a six-year public school in the Commonwealth of Virginia, in the United States. Known as Robinson Secondary School, it is located in Fairfax County, a suburb southwest of Washington, D.C.

James W. Robinson, Jr.
Secondary School
Robinson Secondary School is located in Northern Virginia
Robinson Secondary School
Robinson Secondary School
Robinson Secondary School is located in Virginia
Robinson Secondary School
Robinson Secondary School
Robinson Secondary School is located in the United States
Robinson Secondary School
Robinson Secondary School
5035 Sideburn Road


United States
Coordinates38°49′01″N 77°18′11″W / 38.817°N 77.303°W / 38.817; -77.303Coordinates: 38°49′01″N 77°18′11″W / 38.817°N 77.303°W / 38.817; -77.303
School typePublic, secondary school
MottoThe Home of Champions
Established1971; 48 years ago (1971)
School districtFairfax County Public Schools
PrincipalTracey Phillips[1]
StaffApproximately 350
Teaching staff248.80 (FTE) (2016–17)[2]
Enrollment3,918 (2016–17)[2]
Student to teacher ratio15.83∶1 (2016–17)[2]
Color(s)     Royal blue
AthleticsVHSL 6A, Occoquan Region
Athletics conferencePatriot
RivalsLake Braddock, Centreville
NewspaperValor Dictus
YearbookAbove and Beyond

Opened 48 years ago in 1971, Robinson is located south of Braddock Road near George Mason University, and is administered by the Fairfax County Public Schools. It offers the International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement programs, and has approximately 3,900 students in grades 7–12. Robinson's school colors are royal blue and gold, and the school mascot is a ram.



Robinson was named after Medal of Honor recipient James W. Robinson, Jr., the first resident of Virginia to be awarded the medal during the Vietnam War. Sergeant Robinson, age 25, was fatally wounded under heroic circumstances in South Vietnam fifty-three years ago in April 1966, while serving in the infantry in the U.S. Army.

Robinson Secondary School

The school opened its doors in September 1971, taking its students from Fairfax, W.T. Woodson, Oakton, and West Springfield high schools. It was the second of Fairfax County's "secondary schools," or "superschools," which housed grades 7–12. Robinson's chief rival to the east, Lake Braddock, which opened two years later in 1973, was the third of these schools from this era. The first was Hayfield, near Mount Vernon, which opened in 1968, and the most recent is South County in Lorton, which opened in 2005, taking its students from former Hayfield territory. South County has since reverted to high school status with the opening of South County Middle School near the school's athletic complex.

Awards and recognitionsEdit

Robinson won the 2018–19 Wells Fargo Cup race,[3][4] which is presented annually to Virginia public high schools that have "demonstrated extraordinary success in academic activities throughout the year."[5][6]


For the 2016–17 school year, Robinson's grade 9–12 student body was 58.52% White, 15.19% Asian, 13.31% Hispanic, 5.28% Black and 4.42% other races.[7] The grade 7–8 student body was 60.59% White, 10.88% Asian, 14.06% Hispanic, 6.78% Black and 7.70% other races.[8]


LSD scandalEdit

In 1991, Robinson was the center of an LSD trafficking scandal in which a drug ring sold more than 100,000 doses of LSD over two years.[9] The ring was exposed when a 16-year-old Robinson student shot and wounded a Fairfax police officer.[10] In the course of the investigation it was revealed that six Robinson and Lake Braddock graduates were receiving large quantities of the drug through the mail.[11] One of the men who was facing the harshest penalties faked suicide and fled the area, only to be caught two years later in St. Louis and sentenced to 24 years in prison with no possibility of parole.[12]

Notable alumniEdit

Entrance to the school


  1. ^ "Secondary School Administration". James W. Robinson Secondary School. Retrieved June 11, 2019 – via
  2. ^ a b c "Search for Public Schools - Robinson Secondary (510126000561)". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved June 11, 2019.
  3. ^ "Wells Fargo Cup for Academics Winners Announced". June 11, 2019. Retrieved June 11, 2019.
  4. ^ "Robinson Secondary Wins 2018-19 Wells Fargo Cup for Academics". Fairfax County Public Schools (Press release). June 11, 2019.
  5. ^ "Virginia High School League - Posts". Virginia High School League. June 10, 2019. Retrieved June 11, 2019.
  6. ^ "Wells Fargo Cup". Virginia High School League. Retrieved June 11, 2019.
  7. ^ "FCPS - School Profiles - Robinson SS - High - Demographics". Retrieved June 11, 2018.
  8. ^ "FCPS - School Profiles - Robinson SS - Middle - Demographics". Retrieved June 11, 2018.
  9. ^ "LSD Ring Alleged at Va. School". Retrieved November 30, 2016.
  10. ^ Heath, Thomas (September 21, 1991). "3rd Man Pleads Guilty In Fairfax LSD Case; Defendant Admits He Sold Drug to Juveniles".
  11. ^ Howe, Robert F. (November 15, 1991). "1 Convicted, 1 Acquitted in Va. LSD Trial;Case Revealed Free-Flowing Drug Parties Among Middle-Class Suburban Teenagers".
  12. ^ "Drug Ring Leader Who Faked Suicide Gets 24 Years". December 18, 1993.
  13. ^ Goff, Steven (June 11, 2015). "Jill Ellis played soccer with boys. Now she leads U.S. in Women's World Cup". Washington Post. Retrieved June 12, 2015.
  14. ^ Buck, Joshua & Bolden, Jay. "NASA, Space Station Partners Announce Future Crew Members". Retrieved August 31, 2013.
  15. ^ "Virginia High School Hall of Fame" (PDF). Virginia Coach. Vol. 23 no. 1. Virginia High School Coaches Association. February 2009. p. 24. Archived (PDF) from the original on August 8, 2019. Retrieved August 8, 2019.
  16. ^ "Head Lacrosse Coach Scott Urick and Associate AD Matt Rienzo Host Lacrosse Clinic at UDC Field". Retrieved August 31, 2013.

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