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Gar-Field Senior High School

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      • 14000 Smoketown Road, Woodbridge, Virginia, United States of America
    • Telephone Numbers: 703-730-7000
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Gar-Field Senior High School is a secondary school in Woodbridge in unincorporated Prince William County, Virginia, USA, with students in grades 9 through 12. [1]

Gar-Field, established in 1951, originally was located at 15941 Cardinal Drive in until the current school opened in 1971 at 14000 Smoketown Road. [1]

For the past several years, it has been one of the largest high schools in Virginia, with enrollment having peaked at over 3,000. Gar-Field graduates around 500 or 600 students every June, and since 2002 all graduations have taken place at the Patriot Center at nearby George Mason University in order to accommodate the large crowds. The high school's motto is "The School of Champions." [1]

The name Gar-Field is derived from two prominent local families, the Garbers and the Manderfields, who donated the land for the original school just off of U.S. Highway #1. The comic strip "Ber-Mander", which appears on the back page of the school newspaper, utilizes the unused portions of these names. [1]

In the 1950s, Gar-Field was segregated, as were Virginia's other schools. However, in 1960 African-American students were enrolled without incident or acrimony. [1]

Gar-Field is one of two high schools in Prince William County that offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program and the IB Middle Years Program. It also has the only accredited day care system of any high school in the state, with a program that allows student-parents to finish their education while learning about how to take care of their children. [1]

In May of 2007, Newsweek Magazine ranked Gar-Field 564th in the nation on its annual list of "Best High Schools in America." [1]

In June of 2007, former principal Roger Dallek announced his retirement, after over 20 years with Gar-Field. He will be succeeded by Brenda L. Aiken in the 2007-2008 school year. Mrs. Aiken is a former resident of New York state, and has served for over 20 years with the Fairfax County school system [1]

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