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Hayfield Secondary School
Birds Fly, Hawks Soar
7630 Telegraph Road
Alexandria, Virginia 22315
School type Public, secondary school
Founded 1968
School district Fairfax County Public Schools
Principal Bill Oehrlein
Staff approximately 260
Grades 7–12
Enrollment 2,767 (2009-2010)
Middle school 910
High school 1,857
Language English
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Orange and white
Mascot Hawks
Feeder schools Gunston Elementary School
Hayfield Elementary School
Island Creek Elementary School
Lane Elementary School
Lorton Station Elementary School
Rival schools Thomas A. Edison High School
Athletic conferences National District
Northern Region

Hayfield Secondary School is the oldest secondary school in the Fairfax County Public Schools system of Virginia. It opened its doors in 1968 and graduated its first seniors in 1971.



The land that Hayfield Secondary sits on was at one time part of George Washington's Mount Vernon estate. Because of a small natural spring underneath the school, the land literally served as a hay field. The land itself changed hands numerous times, until 1956 when developers constructed the nearby Hayfield Farm subdivision, the first of many housing developments in the region. Hayfield Secondary opened its doors to middle school (7th and 8th grade) students as well as 9-10th grades during the 1968-1969 school year, while still under construction. The school is erroneously mentioned in Remember the Titans as being "all white." While at the time the majority of students were white, the school has always been integrated.[1] As the region which it serves grew, overcrowding became a major issue at Hayfield, and by the late 1990s it routinely exceeded its intended capacity with 4000+ students. A renovation of the school began in 2002 and was completed in 2005. Further helping to relieve the pressure on Hayfield was the opening of South County Secondary School, also in 2005. However, due to overcrowding at South County in its second year of operation and under-utilized capacity at Hayfield, Hayfield accommodated more students again from a boundary change with South County approved for the 2007-2008 school year.[2] The school is expected to continually grow substantially until the 2010-2011 school year as all grades from the rezoning settle in.


As of the 2007-2008 school year, the high school population was 39% white, 24% black, 14% Asian, 16% Hispanic, and 7% other.[3][4] Hayfield is noted for its diversity.[5]


Hayfield is a secondary school, meaning it serves grades 7 through 12, but the high school and middle school students are generally kept segregated. The middle school has an honors (formally GT) program and the high school offers both honors and Advanced Placement courses. As of Spring 2007, the number of exams on which a score of 3 or higher was achieved (on a scale of 1-5) rose to 57% from 46% the previous year, the best results found on record for Hayfield.

Hayfield's It's Academic Team held the Patriot District title in the 2000-2001, 2005-2006 and 2006-2007 school years. In 2001, the team also won in the first round on the It's Academic television show, the first time it had won in 10 years. Members of this team include Christopher Koves, Douglas Lee, and Jason Loss. In 2002, the Hayfield It's Academic team placed 2nd in the District and 2nd in the Northern Region, advancing to the State Championship. In 2006, the Hayfield team placed third in the Northern Region behind Langley High School and Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. In 2007, the team placed second in the Northern Region. At the state championship Hayfield tied for 5th place.

Hayfield has a notable Robotics Team that has been in the Top 8 in the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) and been invited three times in the past three years to the FRC National Competition, including the most recent competition in 2007.

Hayfield's Varsity Science Olympiad team took first place in several categories at the McLean High School Competition 2007. Hayfield's Varsity Science Olympiad team took first place in several categories, including Forensics and Write It Do It at the West Potomac High School Competition 2007.

Hayfield sent its first team to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in 2007. The following year, in 2008, another team project was sent along with an individual project.

Hayfield's current principal, Dr. Bill Oehrlein, was named an outstanding principal of the year in 2007 by the Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals, sponsored by MetLife.[6]


Hayfield's high school teams compete in the AAA National District of the AAA Northern Region of the Virginia High School League. The school's mascot is the hawk and the school colors are orange and white (and unofficially blue).

The boys' wrestling team, coached by Roy Hill, won districts 9 years in a row, until they lost to South County Secondary School in the 2008-09 school year. Coach Hill has coached 4 state champions.

The Hayfield varsity football team won the National District title against rival Thomas A. Edison High School in 2009. The varsity volleyball team won districts to continue the Hawks' dominance in their new district. Hayfield's varsity cross country team placed second in districts in 2009, and John Bozek of Hayfield was the 2009 National District cross country champion.


Hayfield's Dorris Torris Field House is the largest high school gymnasium in Northern Virginia.

Hayfield's Rebecca S. Wilburn Auditorium is one of the largest auditoriums in Northern Virginia, and includes an orchestra pit elevator lift built into the front of the stage that allows that portion of the stage to act as either an orchestra pit or stage extension.

Technical support for the Wilburn Auditorium is supported by a student organization, the Hayfield Audio and Lighting Technicians ("HALT"). Because of the size of the Wilburn Auditorium and the non-school clientele that it serves, this group is unique within the county.

A large landscaping stone placed in a grassy area of the looping driveway at the school's main entrance is traditionally repainted early each school year by members of the current senior class to include a "Class of XXXX" tagline along with numerous other messages, designs and colors chosen by seniors.


Hayfield Secondary's Planetarium opened its doors in 1969. The main instrument of the planetarium is the Spitz A-4 projector. Many special effect projectors are also used to demonstrate certain astronomical and atmospheric phenomena, such as lunar and solar eclipses, different types of lightning, auroras, and the phasing of the moon. The planetarium is also equipped with three Kodak Ektograph projectors, and a slide dissolve system which is used to show previously produced slide programs and to create special slide programs on current astronomical topics. The most recent additions to the equipment list is a video projector and a special effects projector.


Coordinates: 38°45′00″N 77°08′40″W / 38.74994°N 77.14450°W / 38.74994; -77.14450



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