Virgil Grissom High School
Virgil Grissom High School places among the top 20% of public schools in Alabama for:
- Category Attribute
- Diversity Most diverse schools (Top 20%)
- Community Size Largest student body (number of students) (Top 1%)
- Virgil Grissom High School's student population of 1,820 students has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
- The teacher population of 94 teachers has declined by 6% over five school years.
|Awards||Blue Ribbon School (2007)|
|Grades Offered||Grades 9-12|
|Total Students||1,820 students|
|Total Classroom Teachers||94 teachers|
|Students by Grade|
- Virgil Grissom High School's student:teacher ratio of 19:1 has stayed the same over five school years.
|Definition of Terms 2016-2017 School Year Data||This School||State Level (AL)|
|Overall School Rank||#756 out of 1,264 schools|
|Math Test Scores (% Proficient)|
|Reading / Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)|
|Student : Teacher Ratio||19:1||18:1|
|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
- School Location Miles Grades Students
- Huntsville Whitesburg Middle School Grades: PK-8 | 1062 students
107 Sanders Rd
Huntsville, AL 35802
(256)428-7780 1.9 PK-8 1062
- Huntsville Jones Valley Elementary School Grades: PK-6 | 559 students
4908 Garth Rd
Huntsville, AL 35802
(256)428-7220 2.0 PK-6 559
- Huntsville Roger B Chaffee Elementary School Grades: PK-5 | 424 students
7900 Whittier Rd
Huntsville, AL 35802
(256)428-7040 2.0 PK-5 424
- Huntsville Mt Gap Middle School Grades: PK-8 | 776 students
821 Mt Gap Rd
Huntsville, AL 35803
(256)428-7720 2.6 PK-8 776
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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