|Warwick High School|
51 Copeland Lane
|School type||Public high school|
|School district||Newport News Public Schools|
|Superintendent||George Parker, III|
|Color(s)||Maroon and Gold|
|Athletics conference||Virginia High School League|
Warwick High School is a high school in Newport News, Virginia, United States. Warwick is the oldest of five high schools in the city and has been home to the Newport News Centre for the International Baccalaureate (IB) program since 1996. The school's sports teams are known as the Raiders. As of the 2020-21 school year, the student population is 1,591.
The school originally opened in 1926 as Morrison High School in the small community of Morrison. It became Warwick High School in 1948. Originally located in Warwick County, it became part of the Newport News Public Schools system in 1958 when the citizenry of the former Warwick County voted to be politically consolidated with the neighboring independent city of Newport News, adopting the name of the latter for the newly enlarged independent city, which became the largest in Virginia geographically at the time. The facilities at Warwick High School were expanded to their present size in 1968.
Following the 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education decision of the U.S. Supreme Court, racial desegregation lawsuits eventually resulted in a federal court-ordered busing program in Newport News which began in 1971. Busing changed the nature of Warwick's population and community. However, in the years after the federal court supervision ended, a magnet school approach was adopted to successfully attract students and families to voluntarily select the school.
Due to overcrowding, Warwick High School expanded into the building which was formerly the Warwick Early Childhood Center. This building is now known as the Senior Center, although students from all grades may have classes there.
During the 2007–2008 school year, Warwick High School started an archery team. This team has won the state competition and gone to nationals in Louisville, Kentucky multiple times. At nationals, the team has been nominated for the spirit award.
Warwick High School's Scholastic Bowl team placed fourth in the state and second in the Eastern Region during the 2012–13 season, winning both the regular season and post-season tournament in the Peninsula District. The team won regular-season district competition in three of the last five years (2008–09, 2010–11, and 2012–13) and has won the post-season District Tournament every year since 2008–09. The Raider Scholastic Bowl team is currently[when?] undefeated in Conference Ten, its new VHSL competitive group.
Warwick High School has also enjoyed great success in debate and forensics. Students from the debate team have qualified for the state championship tournament every year from 2003–04 to the present (2018–19). Students from the forensics team have qualified for the state championship tournament every year from 2002–03 to the present (2019–20).
As of the 2020-2021 school year:
|Students with Disabilities||216||13.6%|
- Will Crutchfield – orchestra conductor
- Tim Fasano – Bigfoot hunter, blogger, author – Class of 1975
- Gary Hudson – actor - class of 1974
- Henry Jordan – former National Football League player, 5-time NFL champion, member of Pro Football Hall of Fame
- Norman Snead – former National Football League player, quarterback, second overall pick of 1961 NFL Draft
- Sonja Sohn (Williams) – actress in the HBO drama The Wire
- William Styron - novelist and essayist, attended two years before transferring to Christchurch School, where he graduated
- Marcus Vick – National Football League player - Class of 2002
- Michael Vick – National Football League player - Class of 1998
- B. W. Webb - National Football League cornerback for the New York Giants
- "Warwick High". Virginia School Quality Profiles. 2020-09-30. Retrieved 2021-01-21.
- John Campbell, Review, "A Father and Son Recital in Newport News", Artsong Update, September (?) 2003, http://www.artsongupdate.org/Reviews/Artists/Crutchfields.htm. Retrieved 16 April 2014.