Warren County High School (Virginia)

Warren County High School (Virginia)

Warren County High School (Virginia)

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Warren County High School is located in Front Royal, Virginia. It was, for nearly 80 years, the only public high school in Warren County, Virginia. The mascot is a Wildcat and its colors are maroon and white. Warren County competes in VHSL activities in the Evergreen District, Region II, Group AA. Its main rivals are Skyline High School and John Handley High School.

Skyline High School opened in the fall of 2007, serving the western 60% of the county.

Early history: the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s

The high school opened for the entire county at the site of the current E. Wilson Morrison Elementary School. In 1939-40, the high school had outgrown the Morrison building and so a Works Progress Administration grant was secured to build the school, which originally housed grades eight through twelve. A rivalry was quickly formed with nearby John Handley High School in Winchester, although in the 1960s and 1970s, Handley became more focused on nearby rivals James Wood High School.

Massive resistance: the 1950s

In the 1950s, the football team had several undefeated seasons, although this success came to an end during the massive resistance crisis of the late 1950s. Warren County High School was ordered to close in the fall of 1958 by then-Virginia governor Lindsay Almond. When it re-opened a year later, there were no White students; they had unanimously chosen to attend the John S. Mosby Academy, one of Virginia's several segregation academies. Only by the mid-1960s had enough...
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