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George C. Marshall High School
7731 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, Virginia, Virginia 22043
School type Public, high school
Founded 1963
School district Fairfax County Public Schools
Principal Jay Pearson
Staff approximately 180
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 1,370 (2006)
Language English
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Scarlet and Columbia blue
Mascot Griffin
Nickname Statesmen
Feeder schools Kilmer Middle School
Thoreau Middle School
Rival schools Madison High School
McLean High School
Athletic conferences Liberty District
Northern Region

George C. Marshall High School is a public school in Idylwood, unincorporated Fairfax County, Virginia,[1] and part of Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS). It is one of only two schools in the world with a high school program named after former United States Secretary of State George C. Marshall. The other, located in Ankara, Turkey, is the George C. Marshall School, which is part of the Department of Defense Dependents Schools system and offers a first through twelfth grade curriculum. Newsweek ranked Marshall 159th on its 2009 list of the top U.S. high schools.[2]



George C. Marshall High School is a fully accredited high school based on the Standards of Learning tests in Virginia.[3] The average SAT score in 2008 for Marshall was 1,680 (550 in Critical Reading, 580 in Math, and 550 in Writing).[4] The combined SAT score places Marshall in the top five of all neighborhood-based FCPS high schools (and in the top six if Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology is included). Marshall High School has an Academy offering specialized classes such as Chinese Language, Entrepreneurship, Criminal Justice, and Network Administration. Marshall also offers courses through the International Baccalaureate Program. Marshall's IB program produced seventy full diploma candidates in 2008, more than any other FCPS high school. In the 2008 U.S. News & World Report high school rankings, Marshall earned silver medal status and ranked 1st in the state and 19th in the nation on an IB-only list. [5]


In the 2007-2008 school year, Marshall High School's student body was 54.35% White, 20.20% Asian or Pacific Islander, 14.34% Hispanic, 7.43% Black, and 3.68% other.


Marshall's teams are nicknamed the Statesmen, their mascot is the griffin (a half lion, half eagle creature), and their teams play in the AAA Liberty District and Northern Region of the Virginia High School League. Marshall's enrollment however is at the AA level, but chooses to petition to play in AAA to the VHSL to maintain rivalries with local schools.

In the 2005-2006 school year, the field hockey team and the boys basketball teams advanced to the AAA tournaments.

Marshall girls basketball won the Liberty District tournament back to back in 2006 and 2007. The girls tennis team placed first in the Liberty District in 2009 and second (to Thomas Jefferson) at the regional tournament.

George C Marshall High School's new school motto "Small School Big Heart" was started during what is called the Cinderella season on the 05-06 Varsity Men's Basketball who advanced to the semi finals of the state tournament.


State championships and runner-up finishes

Marshall has three state championships, which are:

  • two in AAA boys cross country in 1971 and 1972
  • one in AAA girls basketball in 1976

Marshall has five runner up finishes, which are:

  • three in AAA baseball (1975, 1986, 1987)
  • one in AAA boys cross country in 1996
  • one in AAA Division 5 football in 1987


The Marshall Band program has won prestigious awards. The band as a whole is divided into two subgroups: Concert Band and Wind Ensemble. Marshall's "Marching Statesmen" have come in 1st place at multiple competitions. The band program is currently being led by director Paul Vesilind.

The percussion ensemble, led by Timothy McKay, has also been recognized for their achievement. They were invited to the Music for All National Percussion Festival in Indianapolis, held in March 2009. The event is part of the Bands of America National Convert Festival.


Marshall High School is also home to an award-winning theater program. Under the direction of Mark Krikstan, they won the District level competition nine years running, advanced to the AAA State Finals of the Virginia High School League One-Act Festival eight out of the past nine years, and won the championship five times (2000, 2001, 2003, 2005[6], 2007), which is the record for most wins among all Virginia high schools.

Notable alumni

  • Mike Brown - Major League Baseball player from 1982-1987 with the Boston Red Sox and Seattle Mariners
  • Lisa Collis - Wife of U.S. Senator Mark Warner[7]
  • Leneida Crawford (1971) - Famed opera singer (Mezzo soprano) and voice professor at Towson University
  • Harry Dailey (1970) - Original bass player for Jimmy Buffett's Coral Reefer Band[8]
  • Keith Lyle (1990) - Played safety for the L.A. and St. Louis Rams, Washington Redskins, and San Diego Chargers in the NFL from 1994-2002.
  • Michael McCrary (1988) - Played defensive end for the Seattle Seahawks and Baltimore Ravens in the NFL from 1993-2002
  • Gayil Nalls (1971) - a renowned multimedia artist who works with smell.
  • Sean O'Neill - Table tennis player, 5 times US men's singles champion, 2 times US Olympic team member (1988, 1992)[9]
  • Brent Runyon - Author of The Burn Journals
  • Pete Schourek (1987) - MLB pitcher from 1991-2001; second in 1995 National League Cy Young Award voting
  • Nick Sorensen (2001) - Played safety for the St. Louis Rams and Jacksonville Jaguars in the NFL. He currently plays for the Cleveland Browns
  • Kathrine Switzer - Pioneer female distance runner; first woman to run the Boston Marathon with an official race number (1967)
  • Barry Weeks - Record producer-staff writer for Universal Music Group
  • Jack Davis (1969) Author and Dean of Architecture Vt

Remember the Titans

In the movie Remember the Titans (2000), the climax of the movie comes at the end of the 1971 AAA state championship football game between T.C. Williams High School and Marshall High School. The movie was dramatized from a Washington Post series about race relations in the high school football fishbowl of 1971, as the Hollywood-underdog T.C. Williams Titans took on the powerful Marshall Statesmen (coached by Ed Henry). The most notable dramatic license taken in the movie was to convert what was actually a regular-season matchup between Marshall and T.C. Williams into a made-for-Hollywood state championship. In reality, the Marshall game was the toughest game T.C. Williams played all year and the actual state championship (against Andrew Lewis High School of the Roanoke Valley) was a 27-0 blowout. The Titans actually did win the Marshall game on a fourth down come-from-behind play at the very end of the game. In addition to the added drama of the Marshall game, there were apparently some legal issues concerning the use of Andrew Lewis High School's name in the movie.

Ignored in both the original newspaper articles and the movie is the fact that in 1971, the city of Alexandria consolidated three four-year high schools into a single two-year school, with only juniors and seniors.[10] As a result, the best of the varsity football squads at George Washington High School (converted to a middle school), Hammond High School (converted to a middle school) and T.C Williams High School united in what amounted to an all-city, all-star team at T.C. Williams.

The legendary Ed Henry was the head coach at Marshall for six seasons, from 1969-74, and is portrayed in the movie. In 1997, Coach Henry was inducted into the Virginia High School League Hall of Fame.


  1. ^ "Idylwood CDP." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on October 21, 2009.
  2. ^ "The Top of the Class: The complete list of the 1,500 top U.S. schools". Newsweek, Inc.. Retrieved 2009-08-20.  
  3. ^ "Fairfax County Public Schools School Profiles: Marshall High School". Fairfax County Public Schools. Retrieved 2008-05-15.  
  4. ^ "FCPS High School Students Again Surpass SAT Scores for the State and Nation; ACT Scores Rise". Fairfax County Public Schools. 2008-08-26. Retrieved 2008-09-27.  ; see esp. attached Table 2
  5. ^ "Best High Schools: Top International Baccalaureate High Schools". U.S News & World Report. Retrieved 2009-08-20.  
  6. ^ "Community News and Notes:Statesmen Stage Players Prove to be Top Gun Actors". Falls Church News-Press. 2005-03-17. Retrieved 2008-11-26.  
  7. ^ "Capitol Life: First Lady Lisa Collis". Kids Commonwealth. Commonwealth of Virginia. Retrieved 2008-05-15.  
  8. ^ "Harry Dailey; Bass Guitarist With Buffett". The Washington Post. April 25, 2003.  
  9. ^ "USA Table Tennis Hall of Fame".  
  10. ^ "George Washington High School". George Washington High School Alumni_Association. Retrieved 2009-08-20.  

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