Virgil Grissom High School

Virgil Grissom High School serves 1,825 students in grades 8-12.
The student:teacher ratio of 17:1 is higher than the AL average of 15:1.
Minority enrollment is 20% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 43%.
Virgil Grissom High School operates within the Huntsville City School District.
The school district's 68% graduation rate is lower than the AL state average of 72%.

Overview

The student population of 1825 students has declined by 8% over five years.
The teacher population of 106 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Awards Honored for National Blue Ribbon Award Blue Ribbon School (2007)
Grades Offered Grades 8-12
Total Students 1,825 students
Gender % 50% Male / 50%Female
Total Classroom Teachers 106 teachers
Students by Grade

School Comparison

The student:teacher ratio of 17:1 has stayed the same over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.35 is more than the state average of 0.31. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
This School (AL) School Average
Student : Teacher Ratio 17:1 15:1
American Indian
1%
1%
Asian
4%
1%
Hispanic
4%
5%
Black
11%
34%
White
80%
57%
All Ethnic Groups
Diversity Score
The chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body.
0.35 0.31
Eligible for Free Lunch
Families meeting income eligibility guidelines may qualify for free and reduced price meals or free milk. These guidelines are used by schools, institutions, and facilities participating in the National School Lunch Program (and Commodity School Program), School Breakfast Program, Special Milk Program for Children, Child and Adult Care Food Program and Summer Food Service Program.
15%
52%
Eligible for Reduced
Lunch
Families meeting income eligibility guidelines may qualify for free and reduced price meals or free milk. These guidelines are used by schools, institutions, and facilities participating in the National School Lunch Program (and Commodity School Program), School Breakfast Program, Special Milk Program for Children, Child and Adult Care Food Program and Summer Food Service Program.
3%
6%

District Comparison

The district's student population of 24,198 students has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The district's graduation rate of 68% has decreased from 98% over five years.
School District Name Huntsville City School District
Number of Schools
Managed
50
7
Number of Students Managed 24,198 2,979
Graduation Rate 68% 72%
District Total Revenue $234 MM $29 MM
District Spending $263 MM $31 MM
District Revenue / Student $10,074 $9,620
District Spending / Student $11,352 $10,180
School Statewide Testing View Education Department Test Scores
Source: 2013 (latest year available) NCES, AL Dept. of Education

School Notes:

  • Virgil I. Grissom High School is a public 9th through 12th grade high school in Huntsville, Alabama. It is known academically as one of Alabama's finest public high schools.
  • The high school's building is well-known for having no windows. This was changed, however, with the addition of a new science wing in 1997. This added about 5 windows to the school. Grissom's building is divided into "pods", lettered A-H on the first floor and AA-HH on the second. The building itself follows a roughly octagonal format. Students jokingly refer to the school as "Grissom Penitentiary" because of the symmetric design.
  • Grissom is also home to many productive sports teams.The school also has numerous social, academic, and athletic organizations, or clubs.
  • Academically, the school has had much success. Grissom's math teams and academic team are among the best in the state of Alabama, and they have also earned national recognition.
  • The school is named for astronaut Virgil "Gus" Grissom, and its mascot is affectionately called "Gus." Gus Grissom was nearly drowned during a space capsule retrieval in the Pacific Ocean when the hatches prematurely opened following explosive bolt actuation. He was killed in the Apollo 1 fire at Cape Kennedy on January 27, 1967. It is unfortunate that his death has been so controversal having followed his whistleblower type activities.

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is Whitesburg Middle School (1.9 miles away)
The nearest middle school is Whitesburg Middle School (1.9 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Weatherly Heights Elementary School (1.4 miles away)
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  • School Location Miles Students Grades
  • HuntsvilleWeatherly Heights Elementary School
    1307 Canstatt Dr
    HuntsvilleAL 35803
    (256)428-7460
    1.4 mi | 546 students | Gr. PK-5                      
  • HuntsvilleWhitesburg Middle School
    107 Sanders Rd
    HuntsvilleAL 35802
    (256)428-7780
    1.9 mi | 835 students | Gr. PK-9                      
  • HuntsvilleWhitesburg Elementary School
    6810 Whitesburg Dr
    HuntsvilleAL 35802
    (256)428-7520
    1.9 mi | n/a students | Gr. KG-5                      
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