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Fort Hunt High School
8428 Fort Hunt Road
Alexandria, Virginia 22308
School type Public high school
Founded 1963
School district Fairfax County Public Schools
Grades 9–12
Language English
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Green and gold
originally green and white
Mascot Federals
Feeder schools Stephen Foster Intermediate School
Closed 1985 (now Carl Sandburg Middle School)
Rival Schools Groveton High School
Mount Vernon High School

Fort Hunt High School was a public secondary school in Alexandria, Virginia located at 8428 Fort Hunt Road and was part of Fairfax County Public Schools. It opened its doors in 1963.[1] In 1985, due to declining enrollment, Fort Hunt and nearby Groveton High School were combined to form West Potomac High School (located on Groveton's campus) with Fort Hunt's campus being converted into Carl Sandburg Middle School (which replaced Stephen Foster and Bryant Intermediate Schools).


School newspaper

The school paper was called The Frontline.


Completed in January 1970, the planetarium suffered considerable smoke damage in the 1978 school fire. Following its renovation, it returned to service and is still in use today (at Sandburg Middle School).[2] Lee Ann Henning was Fort Hunt's planetarium teacher until the school closed in 1985 and she transferred to West Potomac (classes periodically commuted to Sandburg to use the planetarium).[3] In the fall of 1988, Henning transferred to Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, where she teaches to this day.[4]

Notable alumni

Carol Ames=1965 - Fulbright Scholar to Vienna, Austria `1969-1974, Artists' Diploma “with excellence" from the Music University. Vienna, Austria; free lanced with ensembles in and around Vienna; Soloed during Salzburg Festival with summer academy of the Mozarteum lecturer in woodwinds Simpson College, Indianola, Iowa. Lecturer in equestrian studies, Lake Erie college, Painesville,Ohio, diploma Morven Park International Equestrian Center Leesburg, Va.

  • William E. (Bill) Todd '79 - Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Brunei Darussalam[5]
  • Steve Woehrle, '78 — Drummer for indie power pop band The Neighbors.[10]
  • Wiley A. Schell, '69 — Director, Medical Mycology Research Center of the Duke University Medical Center [8]
  • Hoda Kotb, '82 — Television News Anchor, NBC Co-Anchor of the Today Show, correspondent for Dateline NBC [11]
  • Robert Melvin Bielawski, BA, DDS, '70 -distinguished Army veteran and General Dentist in Virginia[citation needed]
  • Christopher F. Niebergall, BA, DDS, '70 -distinguished Army veteran and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon in Virginia[citation needed]


  1. ^ Keeping the Past Alive, Michael K. Bohn, Mount Vernon Gazette, October 17, 2005,
  2. ^ FCPS Planetarium Site
  3. ^ Grounded in Stargazing, C. Woodrow Irvin, Washington Post, October 2, 2003, VA26
  4. ^ FCPS Planetarium Site
  5. ^
  6. ^ Mike Allen, San Diego Business Journal, 8750-6890, v27 i38; soloed during Salzbeg fesruc=bal w p13(1), September 18, 2006.
  7. ^ NASA biographical information
  8. ^ a b Fort Hunt High School Alumni site
  9. ^ Biographical Directory of the US Congress
  10. ^ Nightwatch, Eric Brace, Washington Post, October 18, 1996, N10
  11. ^,

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