Virgil Grissom High School

Virgil Grissom High School serves 1,970 students in grades 8-12.
The student:teacher ratio of 18:1 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 42%.
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 1970 students has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The teacher population of 108 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 1,970 students
Virgil Grissom High School Total Students (1987-2012)
Gender % 50% Male / 50%Female
Total Classroom Teachers 108 teachers
Virgil Grissom High School Total Classroom Teachers (1987-2012)
Students by Grade

School Comparison

The student:teacher ratio of 18:1 has stayed the same over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.35 is less than the state average of 0.55. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
This School (AL) School Average
Student : Teacher Ratio 18:1 15:1
Virgil Grissom High School Student : Teacher Ratio (1987-2012)
American Indian
n/a
1%
Asian
5%
1%
Virgil Grissom High School Asian (1989-2012)
Hispanic
3%
5%
Virgil Grissom High School Hispanic (1989-2012)
Black
10%
35%
Virgil Grissom High School Black (1989-2012)
White
80%
58%
Virgil Grissom High School White (1989-2012)
All Ethnic Groups Virgil Grissom High School Sch Ethnicity Virgil Grissom High School Sta Ethnicity
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 0.55
Virgil Grissom High School Diversity Score (1989-2012)
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.
12%
51%
Virgil Grissom High School Eligible for Free Lunch (1997-2012)
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%
7%
Virgil Grissom High School Eligible for Reduced Lunch (1999-2012)

District Comparison

The district's student population of 22,464 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 22,464 2,928
Graduation Rate 68% 72%
Huntsville City School District Graduation Rate (1994-2009)
District Total Revenue $234 MM $29 MM
Huntsville City School District Total Revenue (1990-2009)
District Spending $263 MM $31 MM
Huntsville City School District Spending (1990-2009)
District Revenue / Student $10,074 $9,620
District Spending / Student $11,352 $10,180
Huntsville City School District Spending / Student (1990-2009)
School Statewide Testing View Education Department Test Scores
Source: 2012 (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 Huntsville Center For Technical (4.5 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
  • Huntsville Weatherly Heights Elementary School
    1307 Canstatt Dr
    Huntsville , AL , 35803
    (256)428-7460
    1.4  mi  |  550  students  |  Gr.  KG-5
  • Huntsville Whitesburg Middle School
    107 Sanders Rd
    Huntsville , AL , 35802
    (256)428-7780
    1.9  mi  |  521  students  |  Gr.  6-9
  • Huntsville Whitesburg Elementary School
    6810 Whitesburg Dr
    Huntsville , AL , 35802
    (256)428-7520
    1.9  mi  |  310  students  |  Gr.  KG-5
  • Huntsville Jones Valley Elementary School
    4908 Garth Rd
    Huntsville , AL , 35802
    (256)428-7220
    2  mi  |  463  students  |  Gr.  KG-5
  • Huntsville Roger B Chaffee Elementary School
    7900 Whittier Rd
    Huntsville , AL , 35802
    (256)428-7040
    2  mi  |  359  students  |  Gr.  KG-5

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