Virgil Grissom High School
Virgil Grissom High School ranks among the top 20% of public schools in Alabama for:
- Category Attribute
- Reading/Language Arts Proficiency Highest reading/language arts proficiency (Top 20%)
- Diversity Most diverse schools (Top 20%)
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.
|Awards||Blue Ribbon School (2007)|
|Grades Offered||Grades 9-12|
|Total Students||1,810 students|
|Total Classroom Teachers||98 teachers|
|Students by Grade|
Virgil Grissom High School is ranked within the top 30% of all 1,263 schools in Alabama (based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data) for the 2018-19 school year.
The diversity score of Virgil Grissom High School is 0.58, 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 Data||This School||State Level (AL)|
Overall Testing Rank
|#263 out of 1263 schools|
Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
Reading/Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
|Student : Teacher Ratio||18:1||17:1|
|Two or more races|
|All Ethnic Groups|
|Eligible for Free Lunch|
|Eligible for Reduced Lunch|
|School Statewide Testing||View Education Department Test Scores|
|School District Name||Huntsville City School District|
- 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 to Virgil Grissom High School is Huntsville High School (4.5 miles away)
The nearest middle school is Whitesburg P8 (1.9 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Weatherly Heights Elementary School (1.4 miles away)
- School (Math and Reading Proficiency) Location Miles Grades Students
- Huntsville Whitesburg P8 Grades: PK-8 | 1,022 student
107 Sanders Rd
Huntsville, AL 35802
(256) 428-7780 1.9 PK-8 1,022
- Huntsville Jones Valley Elementary School Grades: PK-6 | 525 students
4908 Garth Rd
Huntsville, AL 35802
(256) 428-7220 2 PK-6 525
- Huntsville Roger B Chaffee Elementary School Grades: PK-5 | 421 students
7900 Whittier Rd
Huntsville, AL 35802
(256) 428-7040 2 PK-5 421
Wonderful school and arts programs. I learned so much and took pride in what I was taught.
- Posted by Student/Alumni - Student of 2016
the schools show little interest in the wants/needs of students.There is loads of bullying. Teachers do not explain things well enough to students
- Posted by Student/Alumni - k l h
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