Patrick Henry High School (Roanoke, Virginia)

Patrick Henry High School (Roanoke, Virginia)

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Patrick Henry High School is a public high school located in the Grandin Court neighborhood of Roanoke, Virginia. It is one of the two general enrollment high schools for the Roanoke City Public Schools. []


The school is named for Virginia's first governor and American Revolution leader Patrick Henry.

The school’s history dates back to 1961 as construction was completed to serve approximately 1,200 students. Penn Hall was completed in 1975, increasing the school’s capacity to 1,600. In 1989, the school division implemented the middle school concept that extended Patrick Henry’s enrollment to 9th graders. In 2006, the school's campus style layout with multiple buildings (or, "halls") was replaced with a newly constructed, conventional school building. The entire project is scheduled for completion in 2008.

The school is located on Grandin Road SW near the intersection with Brandon Avenue SW in the Raleigh Court neighborhood.


Patrick Henry High School is a comprehensive high school which includes grades 9-12 with a student enrollment of around 2,000.

The school offers several honors courses.

The Roanoke Valley Governor's School for Science and Technology also sits on Patrick Henry's campus.

Athletics and extracurriculars

Patrick Henry High School is a member of the Virginia High School League and competes in the AAA Western Valley District . Patrick Henry won Group AAA state titles in boys basketball in 1988 and 1992, in football in 1973 and in boys tennis in 2004. University of North Carolina and eventual NBA basketball player George Lynch led the Patriots to a AAA State Championship in 1988, his junior year. Patrick Henry won in the semifinals against Alonzo Mourning's Indian River High School team. Curtis Staples led the team again in 1992. Staples went on to play at the University of Virginia and played pro basketball for eight years. The 1988 and 1992 state championship basketball teams were coached by Woody Deans. The basketball court in the new gymnasium on campus has been named Woody Deans Court in his honor. [ [ WDBJ7 Roanoke News and Weather NRV Lynchburg Danville | Roanoke City shows former Coach some "Hardwood" Love at PH ] ]

In 2004, PH won the VHSL AAA State Tennis Championship, defeating Mills Godwin 5-1 in the final. They were the first PH team to win the state championship in tennis. Brock Newton was state runner up in the VHSL AAA Singles Championship. Newton teamed with longtime friend Tyler Early to win the VHSL AAA Doubles Championship.

On December 10-December 12 2006, the chess team went to the National Grade Level Championships in Lake Buena Vista, Florida and won second place for the 10th grade level. In 2007 the 10th grade chess team repeated their national second place in Houston, Texas, and the 11th grade team won the national championship. [ [ 2006 National K-12 / Collegiate Championship Results] ] .

Notable alumni

*George Lynch – retired NBA player [ [ "Lynch, NBA survivor" from "The Roanoke Times"] ] .
*Curtis Staples – former NCAA record-holder for career three-point field goals [ [ Curtis Staples NBA Draft profile] ] .
*John S. Edwards - Virginia State Senator [ [ John S Edwards Virginia Senate] ]


External links

* [ Official Site]
* [ Virginia Department of Education Report Card]
* [ Great Schools site]

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