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Gloucester High School (Virginia)

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School type
Public high school

Mr. Nate Collins

+1 804-693-2526

Number of students

Dr. Walter R. Clemons



1976 (in current building)

School district
Gloucester County Public Schools

6680 Short Ln, Gloucester Courthouse, VA 23061, USA

Gloucester County Public Schools

Botetourt Elementary School, Peasley Middle School, Abingdon Elementary School, Petsworth Elementary School, Bethel Elementary School

Gloucester High School is an accredited public high school located four miles from Gloucester Courthouse (the county seat) in Gloucester County, Virginia, United States. It is operated by Gloucester County Public Schools, a Virginia public school division.


The current complex was originally built in 1976, and has been expanded several times since. The current high school facility remains the only high school in the county, even though student numbers have risen steadily since its construction date. the current amount of students ranges somewhere between 1,500 and 2,000.


A major addition was built onto the school in 1993 and functions mainly as the school's science wing and is fully equipped with 3 computer labs, 2 full scale chemistry labs, as well as other classrooms with enough equipment for simple demonstrations. It is known to students and faculty as D-Hall. Also included in the expansion was a foreign language hall at the opposite end of the building, built onto A-Hall. Less extensive renovations have occurred since then, including the office and guidance offices in 2005. Beginning in April 2006, the industrial arts facilities were remodeled into new art rooms by the beginning of the following school year, freeing up the previous art rooms for normal classroom use. The old primary art room became the newsroom of the school newspaper, the Dukes' Dispatch. During the summer of 2006, the school's television production facility was updated with new equipment and made into a studio. The school then began producing programming for its own local Public-access television cable TV channel. The most recent renovations were completed in October 2006, and included a $700,000 renovation of the school's auditorium.

During the summer of 2007, Gloucester High began outfitting classrooms with LCD projectors. Most recently, another wing of the school began renovations to add a cardiovascular workout room. The room will include treadmills and other cardiovascular workout machines.

Class structure

Gloucester High School operates on an 4-block scheduling structure. The school day begins at 7:45am EDT and ends at 2:46pm EDT. Every day there are 4 classes just 2 hours in length. The following day will contain 4 possible same classes and at least one elective classes, totaling in 8 classes. There are three lunch blocks, each 25 minutes in length, which take place in third block.

Grading at GHS is done on a full credit basis, where after completing 2 semesters, a full school year class, 1 credit is granted. This is a change from past years where a half credit was awarded after the completion of 1 semester.


The facilities of Gloucester High School include:

  • Various sports installations
  • American football stadium
  • Quarter mile track
  • Eight tennis courts
  • Two baseball fields
  • One soccer field
  • Weight Training building
  • Main gymnasium with pull-out bleachers and locker rooms
  • Auxiliary gymnasium
  • A large plot of land for multiple uses by gym classes
  • Academic installations
  • Large Auditorium (Renovated 2006)
  • Fully equipped science laboratories
  • Nine computer labs, each with roughly twenty-five computers and a ceiling mounted LCD projector
  • A fully equipped, state-of-the-art library
  • A driver's education driving range
  • Television production lab
  • Greenhouse for Horticultural classes
  • An auto-mechanics facility
  • Complete restaurant kitchen facilities for the student-run International Café
  • Other installations
  • Three cafeterias: a large open area known as The Commons, as well as two conventional cafeterias.
  • Nurse facilities including an emergency defibrillator
  • 3d printer for architecture classes
  • Student parking lot
  • Athletics

    Gloucester High school is in the VHSL AAA Division 6 and plays in the Peninsula District of Virginia.

    Fall Athletics

  • American football
  • Field Hockey
  • Cheer Leading
  • Boys/Girls Volleyball
  • Boys/Girls Cross country
  • Golf
  • Winter Athletics

  • Boys/Girls Basketball
  • Boys/Girls Winter track
  • Boys/Girls Swimming
  • Gymnastics
  • Wrestling
  • Spring Athletics

  • Boys/Girls Soccer
  • Track and field athletics
  • Baseball
  • Softball
  • Boys/Girls Tennis
  • Crew
  • Theatre

    Gloucester High School has also been recognized for its drama department. Every year the drama department, or Duke Troupe, compete in a regional competition theatre as well as perform two public shows a year, a fall play and a spring musical. Past shows include South Pacific, Little Shop of Horrors, A Christmas Carol, Grease, Dracula, Footloose, Scheme of a Driftless Shifter, The Wizard of Oz, Anybody for Tea, Dolls, Fiddler on the Roof, Annie, Disney's High School Musical, and Disney's Beauty and the Beast. The school's performances are open for participation by any student at the school (not just those enrolled in theatre classes).

    Culinary Arts

    Gloucester High School operates a fully functioning dining room called "Dukes Bistro". The culinary program places a heavy emphasis on French cuisine, as well as Gloucester County's historical significance in the seafood industry. The culinary program has competed on a state and national level, winning first place in Virginia in 2009 and 2011.

    School Events

  • Spirit Week is held the week of Homecoming and consists of themed days including Twin Day, Breast Cancer Awareness Day, Wacky Day, and Decade Day. On the day of the game, Friday, students dress in the high school colors, red, black, and gold and hold a pep rally outside on the bleachers of the football field.
  • Foreign Language Week is a week, usually in March or April, when students and teachers celebrate foreign languages. Students create displays and, along with teachers, organize a banquet to take place after school. The banquet, held in the Commons, consists of ethnic foods cooked and served by the school's culinary students. Language classes usually perform skits and songs for those in attendance.
  • Junior Ring Dance is essentially junior prom. It is sponsored and run by the junior class, and it is during this dance that the Juniors are presented with their class rings.
  • Senior Prom
  • Senior Graduation takes place every year in June.
  • Military Ball takes place every year for ROTC cadets and their dates only.
  • Notable faculty

  • Jon Stewart of The Daily Show was the soccer coach at GHS while a student at The College of William and Mary, from which he graduated in 1984.
  • Transgender policy dispute

    At the beginning of the 2014–2015 school year, sophomore Gavin Grimm came out as a transgender boy and used a doctor's note to obtain permission to use male bathroom facilities at the school. After about two months, an anonymous complaint was received, and the Gloucester County School Board passed a policy resolution requiring that access to changing rooms and bathrooms "shall be limited to the corresponding biological genders, and students with gender identity issues shall be provided an alternative appropriate private facility". When he refused to use the girls' bathroom, the school hastily converted a few broom closets into unisex bathrooms, and offered those as an alternative. He refused to use those, opting to use a bathroom in the school nurse's office instead. Grimm then obtained legal representation from the American Civil Liberties Union, and sued the school in federal court. The U.S. Department of Justice agreed to intervene in the case on Grimm's behalf, writing to the court that Title IX "prohibits discrimination based on sex, including gender identity, transgender status, and nonconformity to sex stereotypes". After various rulings and appeals, the dispute escalated to the U.S. Supreme Court, which announced in October 2016 that it would take up the case.


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