Robinson Secondary School

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James W. Robinson, Jr. Secondary School
RobinsonSS-AthleticsLogoSolo.png
Home of Champions
Address
5035 Sideburn Road
Fairfax, Virginia 22032
Coordinates38°49′01″N 77°18′11″W / 38.817°N 77.303°W / 38.817; -77.303Coordinates: 38°49′01″N 77°18′11″W / 38.817°N 77.303°W / 38.817; -77.303
Information
School typePublic, secondary school
Founded1971
School districtFairfax County Public Schools
PrincipalMatt Eline
Assistant principalsMichael Mukai
Staffapproximately 400
Grades7–12
Enrollment3,939 (2010-11)
Middle school1,243 (2010-11)
High school2,696 (2010-11)
LanguageEnglish
CampusSuburban
Color(s)Blue and gold          
MascotRams
Website
 
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James W. Robinson, Jr. Secondary School
RobinsonSS-AthleticsLogoSolo.png
Home of Champions
Address
5035 Sideburn Road
Fairfax, Virginia 22032
Coordinates38°49′01″N 77°18′11″W / 38.817°N 77.303°W / 38.817; -77.303Coordinates: 38°49′01″N 77°18′11″W / 38.817°N 77.303°W / 38.817; -77.303
Information
School typePublic, secondary school
Founded1971
School districtFairfax County Public Schools
PrincipalMatt Eline
Assistant principalsMichael Mukai
Staffapproximately 400
Grades7–12
Enrollment3,939 (2010-11)
Middle school1,243 (2010-11)
High school2,696 (2010-11)
LanguageEnglish
CampusSuburban
Color(s)Blue and gold          
MascotRams
Website

James W. Robinson, Jr. Secondary School, known as Robinson Secondary School, opened in 1971, is a public school in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Robinson is located in Fairfax, near George Mason University. The school is administered by the Fairfax County Public Schools. Robinson offers the International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement programs, and has over 4000 students in grades 7-12. It is currently the biggest school in Virginia.[citation needed] The school colors are blue and gold and the school mascot is a ram.

History[edit]

Robinson was named after Medal of Honor recipient James W. Robinson, Jr., the first resident of Virginia to be awarded the medal during the Vietnam War. Sergeant Robinson, age 25, was fatally wounded under heroic circumstances in South Vietnam in April 1966, while serving in the infantry in the U.S. Army.

Robinson Secondary School opened its doors in September 1971, taking its students from Fairfax, W.T. Woodson, Oakton, and West Springfield high schools. Robinson was the second of Fairfax County's "Secondary Schools," or "superschools," which housed grades 7-12. Robinson's chief rival to the east, Lake Braddock, which opened two years later in 1973, was the third of these schools from this era. The first was Hayfield, near Mount Vernon, which opened in 1968, and the most recent is South County in Lorton, which opened in 2005, taking its students from former Hayfield territory. South County has since reverted to high school status with the opening of South County Middle School near the school's athletic complex.

Demographics[edit]

For the 2011-2012 school year, Robinson's grade 9-12 student body was 59.11% White, 17.88% Asian, 13.31% Hispanic, 5.28% Black and 4.42% Other.[1] The grade 7-8 student body was 60.18% White, 14.30% Asian, 12.54% Hispanic, 7.54% Black and 5.44% Other.[2]

LSD scandal[edit]

In 1991 Robinson was the center of an LSD trafficking scandal in which a drug ring sold more than 100,000 doses of LSD in the course of two years.[3] The ring was exposed when a 16 year old Robinson student shot and wounded a Fairfax police officer.[4] In the course of the investigation it was revealed that six Robinson and Lake Braddock graduates were receiving large quantities of the drug through the mail.[5] One of the men who was facing the harshest penalties faked a suicide and fled the area, only to be caught two years later in St. Louis and sentenced to 24 years in prison with no possibility of parole.[6][7]

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