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James Monroe High School (Virginia)

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Type  Public
Principal  Dr. Taneisha Rachal
Enrollment  Approx. 1200
Phone  +1 540-372-1100
Color  Orange and Black
Established  1920
Grades  9-12
Mascot  Yellow Jacket
Founded  1920
Lowest grade  Ninth grade
James Monroe High School (Virginia)
School district  Fredericksburg City Schools
Address  2300 Washington Ave, Fredericksburg, VA 22401, USA
District  Fredericksburg City Public Schools
Similar  Chancellor High School, Stafford High School, Brooke Point High School, Mountain View High School, Colonial Forge High School

James Monroe High School is located in Fredericksburg, Virginia. It is a four-year public high school in the Fredericksburg City Schools system. The school is named after James Monroe. The current school building opened to students in September 2006. James Monroe High School is part of the VHSL AA Battlefield District.


James Monroe High School is fully accredited by the Virginia State Department of Education.


Opened in 1920, the building now known as Maury School was Fredericksburg's first real high school. It was originally called Fredericksburg High School, but in 1939, this name was changed to honor the nation's fifth president, James Monroe, who had his law office in the city from 1786-89.

The second James Monroe High School building was constructed in 1952, and a wing was added in 1959. From 1981-83, a large renovation project modernized the entire building, and another wing was added. The Arthur H. Schwartz Memorial Athletic Complex was constructed during 1985-86, providing a new track, tennis courts, and a baseball field.

Up until 2005, Fredericksburg City Public Schools used an unusual system of grade levels and schools. James Monroe High School carried 8th through 12th grades. However, the construction of a new upper elementary school in the school district in 2005 allowed for the system to become standardized. The class of 2009 was the last eighth grade class of James Monroe High School.

The second high school was demolished in June through August 2006. The new replacement high school began construction in June 2004. It opened August 2006, and is built in the back of the second high school. The Class of 2010 was the first graduating class to go through all four years at the third JMHS.

In 2014 James Monroe was listed as one of the top succeeding schools in the Nation, but has been criticized for moving the under performing students to other schools so they will not effect their numbers.

VHSL State Championships

  • 2009 Academic Quiz Team
  • 2008 Football
  • 2005 Academic Quiz Team
  • 2003 Boys' tennis
  • 2002 Boys' tennis
  • 1996 Football
  • 1987 Football
  • 1986 Football
  • 1972 Boys' Basketball
  • Notable alumni

  • Gerry Kissell, Comic book artist, creator of Code Word: Geronimo for IDW Publishing (class of 1982)
  • Erin McKeown, Folk singer
  • George Coghill, retired defensive back for the Denver Broncos, Member of Wake Forest Hall of Fame
  • Keller Williams, one man jam band (class of 1988)
  • Judge Reinhold, actor in Beverly Hills Cop, The Santa Clause, Fast Times at Ridgemont High & other films
  • Al Bumbry, drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 11th round in 1968. Played for them in the 1979 and 1983 World Series
  • Jack Rose, guitarist
  • Herb Hash, pitcher for the Boston Red Sox in 1940 and 1941
  • References

    James Monroe High School (Virginia) Wikipedia

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