Virgil Grissom High School

Virgil Grissom High School serves 1,849 students in grades 9 - 12.
The student:teacher ratio of 19:1 is higher than the AL average of 16:1.
Minority enrollment is 23% 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.
Huntsville City School District's 69% graduation rate is lower than the AL state average of 74%.

School Overview

The student population of 1849 students has declined by 6% over five years.
The teacher population of 100 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Awards Honored for National Blue Ribbon Award Blue Ribbon School (2007)
Grades Offered Grades 9-12
Total Students 1,849 students
Virgil Grissom High School Total Students (1987-2014)
Gender % Virgil Grissom High School Gender
Total Classroom Teachers 100 teachers
Virgil Grissom High School Total Teachers (1987-2014)
Students by Grade Virgil Grissom High School Student By Grade

School Comparison

The student:teacher ratio of 19:1 has stayed the same over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.39 is more than the state average of 0.32. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
This School (AL) School Average
Student : Teacher Ratio 19:1 16:1
Virgil Grissom High School Student Teacher Ratio (1988-2014)
Asian
5%
1%
Virgil Grissom High School Asian Students (1993-2013)
Hispanic
3%
5%
Virgil Grissom High School Black Students (1997-2013)
Black
14%
34%
Virgil Grissom High School Black Students (1989-2013)
White
77%
57%
Virgil Grissom High School White Students (1989-2013)
Two or more races
1%
2%
Virgil Grissom High School Two Or More Races Students (2012-2013)
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.
0.39 0.32
Virgil Grissom High School Diversity Score (1987-2014)
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.
20%
52%
Virgil Grissom High School Eligible for Free Lunch (1998-2014)
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.
4%
6%
Virgil Grissom High School Eligible for Reduced Lunch (2000-2014)

District Comparison

Huntsville City School District's student population of 23,656 students has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The district's graduation rate of 69% has increased from 63% over five years.
The revenue/student of $10,546 is higher than the state average of $10,181. The district revenue/student has stayed relatively flat over four years.
The district's spending/student of $11,657 is higher than the state average of $10,301. The district spending/student has stayed relatively flat over four years.
School District Name Huntsville City School District
Number of Schools
Managed
50
7
Number of Students Managed 23,656 3,026
Huntsville City School District Students Managed (1989-2014)
Graduation Rate 69% 74%
Huntsville City School District Graduation Rate (1995-2014)
District Total Revenue $247 MM $30 MM
Huntsville City School District District Total Revenue (1992-2014)
District Spending $273 MM $30 MM
Huntsville City School District District Spending (1992-2014)
District Revenue / Student $10,546 $10,181
Huntsville City School District District Revenue / Student (1990-2014)
District Spending / Student $11,657 $10,301
Huntsville City School District District Spending / Student (1990-2014)
School Statewide Testing View Education Department Test Scores
Source: 2014 (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 Public Schools

The nearest high school is Huntsville Center For Technical (4.5 miles away)
The nearest middle school is Hampton Cove Middle School (3.5 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Weatherly Heights Elementary School (1.4 miles away)
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