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Wilbert Tucker Woodson High School
9525 Main Street
Fairfax, Virginia 22031
School type Public, high school
Founded 1962
School district Fairfax County Public Schools
Principal Jeff Yost
Assistant principals Richard Deivert
Staff approximately 260
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 2,064 (2008)
Language English
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Navy blue, red, and white
Mascot Cavaliers
Feeder schools Frost Middle School
Mantua Elementary School
Little Run Elementary School
Olde Creek Elementary School
Canterbury Woods Elementary School
Wakefield Forest Elementary School
Rival schools Fairfax High School
Lake Braddock Secondary School
Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology
Athletic conferences Patriot District
Northern Region

Wilbert Tucker Woodson High School, commonly known as W.T. Woodson High School, is a high school located in Fairfax County, Virginia, east of the city of Fairfax.

Coordinates: 38°50′26″N 77°16′32″W / 38.840425°N 77.275516°W / 38.840425; -77.275516

The school opened in 1962 and once was the largest school in the state. As of 2008 the student population is around 2,100. Woodson has the biggest campus in Fairfax county in size of area, and also houses Woodson Adult High School, a program designed to allow adults to earn their GEDs. It was ranked #74 on Newsweek's Top 1000 U.S. High Schools in 2008. The school is named after Wilbert Tucker Woodson, superintendent of Fairfax County Public Schools from 1929 to 1961.

Robert Elliott, the school's principal, retired in late November 2007. The new principal is Jeff Yost, former assistant principal.


Academics and statistics

Woodson High School is a fully accredited high school based Standards of Learning tests in Virginia. The average SAT score in 2007 for Woodson High School was 1741.


VDOE accreditation summary

The following table shows the passing rates of all Woodson students in their respective years and academic subjects, as determined by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE).

Subject Area 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07
English 97 95 98
History 95 95 99
Mathematics 93 91 94
Science 92 91 96


SOL test scores

SOL Passing Rates by Year and Subject
Subject 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08
English: Reading 98.3 98.3 98.7
English: Reading/Literature And Research 86.8 NA NA
English: Writing 95.3 96.3 98.9
Social Studies
Virginia And United States History (2001 Standards) 97.6 97.4 97.6
World History / Geography II 94.9 98.0 97.7
World History And Geography I 95.1 96.4 97.0
Algebra I 94.7 94.3 97.8
Algebra I (Plain English) (2001 Standards) NA TS 83.3
Algebra II (2001 Revised) 90.5 93.2 95.4
Algebra II (2001 Standards) 63.0 NA NA
Geometry (2001 Standards) 93.6 93.2 93.5
Biology 92.1 93.0 95.2
Chemistry 89.9 93.9 94.7
Earth Science 94.9 88.1 89.0



Woodson High School's student body is 63.03% White, 3.20% Black, 6.30% Hispanic, 22.09% Asian, and 5.38% Other for the 2008-2009 school year.[3]


Mr. Emory Chelsey 1962-1965
Mr. Robert Phipps 1965-1968
Mr. William P. Ladson 1968-1972
Mr. Robert Phipps 1972-1981
Dr. James Wilson 1981-1986
Mr. Charles E. "Chuck" Billak 1986-1991
Dr. Gary Miller 1991-1999
Mr. Robert Elliot 1999-2007
Mr. Jeff Yost 2007-


Renovations at Woodson

Woodson began the process of renovating all of its facilities in 2005 and adding several classrooms. The project was paid for in bonds that were established in 2003 by a voter referendum. The issue of whether to renovate had been debated for several years before the plan was approved. Woodson was one of the oldest schools in Fairfax County Public Schools, as the main facilities (plumbing, heating/cooling, floors, electrical) were still fundamentally the same as they were when the structure was built. The renovations nearly doubled the square footage of the school.

The project was completed in 2009. The renovation consisted of complete renovation to all existing interior spaces, as well as adding to the performing arts and athletic wings, creating a new administration wing with a new front entrance, highlighted by a large tower and the addition of a new science classroom wing and two student drop off areas.

Activities, groups, and programs

Woodson's mascot is a Cavalier and the sports teams play in the AAA Patriot District and the Northern Region. In 1976, the Washington Diplomats of the North American Soccer League used the school's stadium as their home field.

Sports department

The girl's field hockey team defeated Princess Anne High School in the state finals in 2004, and the girl's lacrosse team won states in both 2004 and 2005. Both the Girl's Tennis team and the Girl's Lacrosse teams came in second place in the state in the 2006-2007 school year. The school's competitive fall Varsity Cheerleading team took 1st in their invitational, as well as 3rd in their district in the 2007-2008 school year. The team also moved on to Regionals.

In 2005 the men's varsity soccer team under the captains Jack Wolfe, Michael Lahoud, and Sean McCarthy reached the state finals but lost in additional overtime. They were, however, able to perform a herculean feat by dominating Robinson High School in 2000 to capture the coveted Virginia State Soccer Title. Several players went on to play at the next level including Michael Lahoud who went on to win a national championship in 2008 with Wake Forest. Lahoud was picked 9th overall in the 2009 Major League Soccer SuperDraft by the soccer club Chivas USA. To date, W.T. Woodson has won 29 Virginia AAA State Championships in a variety of sports.

Performing Arts department

Woodson offers three levels of concert band: Concert I, Concert II, and the Symphonic Band, as well as a Marching Band that performs in the fall and a Jazz Band that plays in the winter. The current director is Melinda McKenzie-Hall. The band received the prestigious Sudler Flag of Honor in 1995, and has been named a Virginia Honor Band 17 times. In 2009, the Woodson Symphonic band was invited to play at the VMEA conference as the featured wind ensemble, and performed as a featured high school band at the University of South Carolina's annual Band Clinic and Conducting Symposium in February 2010. The winter guard is also praised for its consistent high rankings and success in the region. In 2008, the winter guard was ranked the #1 high school winter guard in Virginia in the AIA circuit.

The Choral program features two Women's Ensembles and two Men's Ensembles, as well as a Chorale and a Select Vocal Ensemble. The choral department is the largest in the state of Virginia, with over 300 members each year since 2006. The department is renowned for its excellence in Virginia and nationwide as a consistently top ranked choir. The Select Women's Ensemble has performed at the VMEA conference twice as has the Select Vocal Ensemble once. The Select Vocal Ensemble has also performed at the Kennedy Center twice, once at the Terrace Theater and recently on the Millenium Stage in 2007. The department also puts on a musical revue called "Dessert on Broadway" every winter. The director is Michael Ehrlich, current president of the VMEA and former president and vice-president of the VCDA. He celebrated his 20th anniversary of teaching choir at Woodson in 2008.

The Orchestra Department is headed by Melodie Simms, and comprises the String Ensemble and the Chamber Orchestra. A Symphony Orchestra is also put together from year to year in the spring with wind players joining by volunteer.

The theatre department puts on productions in the fall and spring, usually one musical and one play. These productions have been nominated for numerous Cappies awards and have won several of them over the years. The department is headed by Terri Hobson.

A guitar class was added in 2009, with three levels taught by Melodie Simms and Laura Layman.

Academic clubs

The school's Model UN club won the Best Small School cup at the Ivy League Model United Nations Conference in 2006. In 2009 Woodson MUN earned the Honorable Small School Award at the Ivy League Model United Nations and the Outstanding Large School Award at Mid-Atlantic Simulation of United Nations.[citation needed] In 2008, Woodson beat Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in the District It's Academic competition, the first time Jefferson has lost in over five years.[citation needed] In the 2008-2009 season, the Woodson team, led by Luke NiCastro, Quan Do and Tim Planert, made it to the semifinal round in the It's Academic television show, the furthest the school has ever gotten in its history. Woodson was the only team from Virginia to make it to the semifinal round.

Communities served by Woodson

Several unincorporated areas, such as Mantua,[4], Olde Creek, Canterbury Woods, and Wakefield Forest are served by Woodson.

Woodson in the news

  • On April 1, 1973, a strong tornado struck Woodson High School and ripped off the roof. It was hit on a Sunday and no injuries were reported.
  • In 2004, Newsweek rated Woodson as the 22nd best high school in the United States according to the Challenge Index system developed by The Washington Post reporter Jay Mathews. In 2005, the school placed 34th; in 2006, it placed 92nd; and in 2007 the school was ranked 65th in the United States.
  • In 2008 Woodson was ranked the 90th best public high school in America by the U.S. News & World Report, the first time Woodson has made the list.[5]

Notable alumni


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  3. ^ "Woodson HS". Student Membership Demographics and Supplemental Programs. Fairfax County Public Schools. Retrieved 2008-12-22. 
  4. ^ "Schools." Mantua.
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  10. ^ "The W. T. Woodson High School: 38 Years of History". Retrieved 2009-02-13. 

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