Salem High School (Virginia Beach, Virginia)

Salem High School is a secondary school located in Virginia Beach, Virginia.[1]

Salem High School
1993 SunDevil Drive


United States
Coordinates36°47′0.8″N 76°8′38.2″W / 36.783556°N 76.143944°W / 36.783556; -76.143944
School typePublic, high school
MottoLatin: Superbia et Excellentia
(Pride and Excellence)
Founded1989; 35 years ago (1989)
School districtVirginia Beach City Public Schools
PrincipalLeeane Turnbull-Pallette
Teaching staff103.27 (FTE) [1]
Enrollment1,662 (2021–22)[1]
Student to teacher ratio16.09 [1]
Color(s)        Scarlet, Black, Silver, and White
Athletics conferenceVirginia High School League
Beach District
Eastern Region

The school has a Visual and Performing Arts Academy; one of eight magnet programs in Virginia Beach. Students throughout the city interested in these arts can apply. The class of 2008 is the first graduating class to include students from the academy.

School history edit

Salem High School, located at 1993 Sundevil Dr (numbered in honor of the class of 1993), is built on a 50-acre (200,000 m2) site acquired by the School Board in 1985. Construction of the 258,862-square-foot (24,049 m2) building began in July 1987. The school, which contains 85 classrooms, an auditorium, a large lecture hall, a large gym, and two auxiliary gyms, opened on September 5, 1989, to a capacity enrollment of just over 2,000 students. A student committee selected the name, SunDevils, to represent Salem High School in the spring of 1989. The school colors are scarlet, black, silver, and white. A life-sized school mascot was unveiled during the 1991–1992 school year; "Sunny the SunDevil" (identical to the Tasmanian Devil from Warner Bros. Looney Tunes) is depicted on school sweatshirts and athletic programs. The Visual and Performing Arts Academy (VPAA) became an integral part of Salem High School in 2004. The student body had one of the largest number of Filipino-Americans in the city.

Visual and Performing Arts Academy edit

The Visual and Performing Arts Academy at Salem High School (VPAA) consists of five strands: music (both vocal and instrumental), dance, theatre, and visual arts (photography, painting, drawing, etc.). While students typically select one strand as their concentration, they are also encouraged to explore areas outside their selected strand; all seniors participate in an inter-disciplinary final project.

Curricula includes instruction in performance, exhibition, theory, and history of the arts. Independent seminars and performances are also offered throughout the year.

Admission to the program is based on several criteria: an audition/portfolio evaluation, recommendations by core subject teachers as well as previous teachers in the arts, achievement as evidenced by honors or awards in the arts, and participation in extracurricular and community activities.

Chorus department edit

The Salem High School choirs have received national recognition for their outstanding performances. Choirs from Salem have performed in the White House and National Cathedral (Washington, DC), Carnegie Hall (New York, NY), Walt Disney World (Orlando, FL), Universal Studios (Orlando, FL), Cardiff Cathedral (Cardiff, Wales, UK), and Westminster Abbey (London, England, UK). In addition, they have performed multiple times at the Virginia Music Educators Association annual in-service conference and the Southern Division convention of the Music Educators National Conference, and have been the featured ensemble at the Sweet Adelines International Mid-Winter convention. They have sung in a private performance for actor/singer Jimmy Dean and commissioned works from renowned composer Daniel E. Gawthrop. They have performed in concert with the Old Dominion University Concert Choir, the Christopher Newport University Choir, the Greensboro College Concert Choir, and the Virginia Commonwealth University "Commonwealth Singers." In recent years, they have been honored to work with such outstanding choral musicians as: Weston Noble, Eph Ely, Rodney Eichenberger, Jing Ling-Tam, Kevin Fenton, William Powell, Deen Entsminger, Rebecca Reames, and the world-famous ensemble, "Chanticleer."

The choirs have earned Grand Champion, Outstanding Ensemble, Best in Class, and First Place trophies as well as "Superior" ratings in competitive choral festivals in Orlando FL, Las Vegas NV, Atlanta GA, New York NY, Nashville TN, Gatlinburg TN, Richmond VA, Williamsburg VA, and Virginia Beach, VA, and have earned many "Superior" ratings at the VMEA District 2 choral festivals since the festival's inception (singing Grade VI music, the most challenging level recognized).

They have performed major works including Handel's "Messiah," Rutter's "Requiem," Bach's "Jesu, Meine Freude," Schubert's "Mass in G," and "Mass in F," Britten's "Ceremony of Carols," and Vivaldi's "Gloria."

Vocalists from Salem High School have been selected for the All-Virginia Choir every year since the school opened in 1989, and for the elite VMEA Senior Honors Chorus every year since 1990.

The Academy's most elite choir, Vox Harmonia, performed at the GQ Magazine Gentlemen's Ball in Fall 2008. They were invited by the famous music producer Timbaland and performed in front of him along with other celebrities such as Usher, Hilary Swank, Mark Wahlberg, Forest Whitaker, and James Cameron.

Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps edit

The NJROTC unit at Salem was established on July 1, 1996, under the authority of Title 10, United States Code, Chapter 102, Section 2031 to "...instill in students in United States secondary educational institutions the values of citizenship, service to the United States, and personal responsibility and a sense of accomplishment." The unit motto is "Do right and fear not".

The unit is a competitive force in Area 5, winning the Distinguished Unit Award for thirteen consecutive years. The unit has also received Unit Achievement once but once again achieving Distinguished Unit once more one year later and currently maintains their Distinguished Unit status to this day. The unit also received Distinguished Unit with Honors status for the first time in the 2017–18 school year. The units Drill, Athletics, and Academic team have been to Nationals three times in Pensacola, Florida, most recently placing seventeenth in the nation in the 2015–2016 school year. The school currently ranks twenty-sixth in the nation based upon the 2017–2018 school year. The unit is led by Senior Naval Science Instructor Chief Warrant Officer Four Ronald McMiller, USN (ret.) and Naval Science Instructor Sergeant Major Timothius Robinson, USMC (ret.)

Academic departments edit

  • Business
  • Computer Resource
  • English
  • Fine Arts
  • Foreign Language
  • Gifted Program
  • Guidance
  • Health/P.E.
  • Library/Media Center
  • Marketing
  • Math
  • Naval Science (NJROTC)
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Special Education
  • Technology Education
  • Work & Family Studies/Technology

Advanced Placement courses edit

Salem High School offers the following Advanced Placement courses:[2]

  • English: Language and Composition
  • English: Literature and Composition
  • Statistics
  • Calculus AB
  • Calculus BC
  • Computer Science
  • Music Theory
  • Environmental Science
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Human Geography
  • Psychology
  • Comparative Government
  • European History
  • United States Government and Politics
  • United States History
  • Art History
  • Studio Art - 2D Design
  • Studio Art - 3D Design
  • Studio Art - Drawing
  • French Language and Culture
  • German Language and Culture
  • Japanese Language and Culture
  • Spanish Language and Culture
  • Latin
  • Spanish Literature

Athletics edit

Varsity Fall Junior Varsity Fall
Cross Country
Field Hockey
Boys Volleyball
Girls Volleyball
Field Hockey
Varsity Winter Junior Varsity Winter
Boys Basketball
Girls Basketball
Boys Indoor Track
Girls Indoor Track
Boys Swimming
Girls Swimming
Boys Basketball
Girls Basketball
Varsity Spring Junior Varsity Spring
Boys Outdoor Track
Girls Outdoor track
Boys Soccer
Girls Soccer
Boys Tennis
Girls Tennis
Boys Lacrosse
Girls Lacrosse
Boys Soccer
Girls Soccer

State Championships

  • Boys Basketball: 2001
  • Girls Basketball: 1994
  • Girls Gymnastics: 1992
  • Girls Volleyball: 1998

Notable alumni edit

References edit

  1. ^ a b c d e "Search for Public Schools - Salem High (510384002166)". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved July 27, 2023.
  2. ^ "School Grading Practices". Salem High School. Retrieved October 6, 2019.
  3. ^ "Timbaland's visit includes grant for Beach school". The Virginian-Pilot. May 30, 2008. Archived from the original on June 1, 2008. Retrieved January 11, 2013.

External links edit