Virgil Grissom High School

  • Virgil Grissom High School serves 1,810 students in grades 9-12.
  • The percentage of students achieving proficiency in math is 30% (which is lower than the Alabama state average of 44%) for the 2016-17 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in reading/language arts is 40% (which is higher than the Alabama state average of 39%) for the 2016-17 school year.
  • Virgil Grissom High School placed in the bottom 50% of all schools in Alabama for overall test scores (math proficiency is bottom 50%, and reading proficiency is top 50%) for the 2016-17 school year.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 18:1 is equal to the Alabama state level of 18:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 38% of the student body (majority Black), which is lower than the Alabama state average of 45%.

Top Placements

Virgil Grissom High School places among the top 20% of public schools in Alabama for:

School Overview

  • Virgil Grissom High School's student population of 1,810 students has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
  • The teacher population of 98 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
AwardsHonored for National Blue Ribbon Award Blue Ribbon School (2007)
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12
Total Students1,810 students
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Total Classroom Teachers98 teachers
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School Comparison

  • Virgil Grissom High School is ranked within the bottom 50% of all 1,263 schools in Alabama (based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data) for the 2016-17 school year.
  • The school's student:teacher ratio of 18:1 has stayed the same over five school years.
  • The diversity score of Virgil Grissom High School is 0.57, which is less than the diversity score at state average of 0.59. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2017-2018 School Year DataThis SchoolState Level (AL)
Overall School Rank (16-17)#664 out of 1263 schools
(Bottom 50%)
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Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
30%
44%
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Reading/Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
40%
39%
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Student : Teacher Ratio18:118:1
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American Indian
n/a
1%
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Asian
3%
1%
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Hispanic
12%
8%
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Black
19%
33%
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White
62%
55%
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Two or more races
4%
2%
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Diversity Score0.570.59
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Graduation Rate
88%
88%
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Eligible for Free Lunch
28%
50%
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Eligible for Reduced Lunch
3%
6%
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School Statewide TestingView Education Department Test Scores
School District NameHuntsville City School District
Source: 2017-2018 (latest school 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.

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