South County Secondary School

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South County High School (SCHS)
Address
8501 Silverbrook Road
Lorton, Virginia 22079
Information
School typePublic, High school
Founded2005
School districtFairfax County Public Schools
PrincipalDr. Mrs. Jane Lipp
Staffapproximately 250
Grades9–12
Enrollment2,171  (2011-12)
LanguageEnglish
CampusSuburban
Color(s)Navy blue, forest green, and silver
MascotStan the Stallion
Feeder schoolsHalley Elementary School
Lorton Station Elementary School
Newington Forest Elementary School
Silverbrook Elementary School
Laurel Hill Elementary School
Rival schoolsHayfield Secondary School
West Springfield High School
Lake Braddock Secondary School
Athletic conferencesPatriot District
Northern Region
Website
 
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Coordinates: 38°43′21.42″N 77°14′25.86″W / 38.7226167°N 77.2405167°W / 38.7226167; -77.2405167

South County High School (SCHS)
Address
8501 Silverbrook Road
Lorton, Virginia 22079
Information
School typePublic, High school
Founded2005
School districtFairfax County Public Schools
PrincipalDr. Mrs. Jane Lipp
Staffapproximately 250
Grades9–12
Enrollment2,171  (2011-12)
LanguageEnglish
CampusSuburban
Color(s)Navy blue, forest green, and silver
MascotStan the Stallion
Feeder schoolsHalley Elementary School
Lorton Station Elementary School
Newington Forest Elementary School
Silverbrook Elementary School
Laurel Hill Elementary School
Rival schoolsHayfield Secondary School
West Springfield High School
Lake Braddock Secondary School
Athletic conferencesPatriot District
Northern Region
Website

South County High School is a high school in Lorton,[1] unincorporated Fairfax County, Virginia, part of the Fairfax County Public Schools system, opened in September 2005. The school mascot is Stan the Stallion, and school colors are forest green, navy blue, and silver. The school was funded by a charter given to the local community through the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation.

Current status[edit]

South County is designated to serve grades 9-12. In order to prevent disruption in students' senior years, 2005-06 seniors were allowed to remain at Hayfield, Lake Braddock Secondary School, Lee High School, or other secondary school they were currently enrolled in to finish their secondary education and maintain continuity during the college application process. In 2012, South County became a high school after the middle school students were moved to a new school, named South County Middle School, which currently stands near the high school. The new school was officially opened and the first classes began on September 4, 2012. The class of 2007 was South County's first graduating class; the class to graduate in 2009 was the first to have attended SCSS for all of high school, and the class of 2011 has spent all of secondary school at the school.

Demographics[edit]

In the 2011-12 school year, South County High School's student body was 51.64% White, 17.26% Asian, 15.75% Black, 10.75% Hispanic and 4.59% Other. The enrollment was 2171 students.[2]

Academic programs[edit]

SCHS has the following FCPS Programs:

Clubs[edit]

DECA South County's DECA program has won several awards in competition. Most recently they sent members to the international competition in Florida. One group won second place in the category of Ecommerce Business Plan. This is the school of the only four time winning Deca National Champion Kevin Hires

Theater The theater department, formerly under the direction of Mrs. Sherry Adams-Johnson, was taken over by Kathie McCormally in the 2010-11 school year. In their first Cappies Musical at South County, "Thoroughly Modern Millie" received 12 nominations, and 4 awards, including Best Musical. In 2011, McCormally's South County debut Cappies show, Beauty and the Beast, was nominated for seven Cappies and won two. The following year, South County performed West Side Story, also garnering seven nominations - including the Best Song nominee "Gee, Officer Krupke", which was performed in the Kennedy Center - winning only one for Best Male Dancer. Each year, the musical is always performed in the spring. In the fall of 2012, they performed their fall play An Absolute Turkey, a farce directed by McCormally. In the spring of 2013, South County will put on The Music Man for their Cappies show spring musical.

Celebrity Appearances[edit]

In 2012 the musical group, the Red Hot Chilli Pipers, came to do a charity performance for the students at South County Secondary School. The Scottish musical group attracted many students from surrounding schools. Total attendance for the event was recorded to be around 4,000. During the performance many audience members were asked to come onto the stage and perform with the group.[3] In total they raised $18,291 for the American Diabetes Association. The band also gave away diabetes awareness kilts and hats for those who donated more than $30.

Afterwards, actor and serial philanthropist, Mark Ruffalo, parlayed scholarships and angel funding to local students who intended to go to college or start businesses.

Athletics[edit]

Although athletics is strongly marginalized and vastly unsupported by South County's intellectual intelligentsia, sports teams have achieved a number of small successes. The cross country teams went to regionals. The 2012-2013 girls' Indoor Track team were State Champions led by Felecia Majors, South County's future olympian. The girls tennis team won the district title in 2008 and 2009. The volleyball and field hockey team won district titles in 2008 and 2009. Field Hockey and Volleyball both won the Northern Regional Championship in 2009, Field Hockey was Regional Champion again in 2011. Field Hockey advanced to the state semi-finals in 2009 and 2011 and Volleyball advanced to the state finals in 2009. The Field Hockey team were 2012 District Champions. Its 2008-2009 rowing, or Crew, team won silvers and bronzed many boats in the state level, eventually making it all the way to nationals. The 2012-2013 girls' Indoor Track team were State Champions led by Felecia Majors, South County's future olympian.

Soccer In 2009 men's varsity soccer won the first and only district title 2-1 vs. Hayfield at Lake Braddock.The Final goals came within the final 10 minutes of the game including a diving header scored in the 90th minute. The DaLe SoCo Boys went 13-2-1 overcoming a tough schedule. They later on would lose in the quarter finals of regonials.

Softball The softball team at South County is the most decorated team at the school, with 6 consecutive district titles. They won in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012. They won the Northern Regional Championship in 2009, and advanced to the state semi-finals in 2009.

Girls Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field During the 2009-2010, the South County's Girls Track and Field team were Indoor Patriot District Champions by default, due to the 2010 snow storm in February 2010,the athletes could not compete. The Girls were District and Regional runner-up's in the 2010 Outdoor season. During the 2010-2011 Indoor Track and Field season. The South County Girls won the Indoor Patriot District title and the title of Northern Regional Champions, sweeping the competition. They also placed 3rd in the state meet. In the 2011 Outdoor season, they won the Outdoor Patriot District title and the title of Northern Region Outdoor Champions.

Band[edit]

South County has quickly earned a good reputation in the district, as they have won the title of "Honor Band" for 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010. Its Color Guard has also had success, winning awards in 2007, 2008 and 2009. During the 2008 Marching Band Season, the Marching Stallions had a perfect season, winning the USSBA competitions at Herndon High School and Northwest High School, the Oakton Classic, and the USSBA Northern States Championships at Hershey Park Stadium with a score of 95.45.

2008-2009 Indoor Drum-line Season South County had now been bumped into AIA Open class. This year the Drum Line had taken a literal approach to their theme due to judges not fully understanding their show. The 2008 show was titled "Boxed in" based on Beehthoven's 5, Moonlight Sonata and Ode to joy. The show's floor had several boxes and in the corners had the numbers '5' '4' '3' '2' '1'. South County had won 2 second place trophies and had won first at Thomas Edison HS. On South County's first trip to Ohio, they had gone on to Semi Finals.

2009-2010 Marching Band Season At the 26th Annual North Stafford Invitational the Marching Stallions won Colorguard, Percussion, Music and ended up 2nd place in its class (AA.) The Marching Stallions swept their class, winning Percussion, Colorguard, Drum Majors, Music, GE, Marching, and 1st place in Class AA at the 23rd Annual Hermitage Classic Marching Band Festival. At the 25th Annual Oakton Classic Invitational Marching Band Competition, the band won 1st place in class AA, Best Guard, Percussion, Brass, Woodwind. They also won the Burgundy award (best score in Class A and AA.) At JMU’s 23rd Parade of Champions, the Marching Stallions won 4th place in class AA with a score of 79.1. The band received a superior rating (1) at VBODA State Marching Festival.

2009-2010 Indoor Drum-line Season South County's own Drum line has been under the direction of Alan P. Johnson since the schools opening in 2005. The 2009 show was titled Connected where the battery members would "Connect" with each other's uniforms. The show's main theme that was used in their ballad and closer was Pat Metheny's song "Make Peace" Connected Consisted of 3 Movements and the show had been modified on more than one occasion. South County had claimed second place at AIA finals at Chesapeake, Virginia.

2010-2011 Marching Band Season South County Marching Stallions band director Alan P. Johnson this year brought back his 2005 Chantilly Drum-line show titled "Evolution of a theme" and made it into an award winning Marching Band show called Harmonic Evolution. The show's main theme was based on the requiem titled "Dies Irae." The Marching Stallions took first place in their class (AA) with taking all but the Colorguard trophy and been the top band at the 27th Annual North Stafford Invitational. Stallions went on to their Parkview competition and ended second out of 3 but continued on that day and competed at Oakton and ranked number 1 in their class and overall in both class A & AA. The Stallions went on to the 24th Parade of Champions and won their class and swept the floor once again. Closing out their season with receiving a superior rating (1) at State Marching Band Assessment. The Marching Stallions had statistically went 21-1 and had 25 seniors graduating this year.

2010-2011 Indoor Drum-line Season South County's Drum-line went to the floor for another great season. Their show entitled "Senseless" written by Alan Johnson himself. The show centered around the performers removing and adding senses throughout the show. This was one of Alan's few self compositions he had written for an indoor show. South County did make semi finals at AIA Championships and attended the WGI World Championships in A Class. This was Alan Johnson's final season with the Drum-line and his final year at South County Secondary School.

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