Top 100 Best High Schools 2013 – George Mason High School – Newsweek – 64/100
George Mason High School
City: Falls Church City
School Classification: O
AVG SAT: 1734
AVG ACT: 25.6
SUBS LUNCH: –
AVG AP SCORE:3.8
NEWSWEEK SCORE: 3.65
7124 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22043, United States
George Mason High School (GMHS) is a comprehensive public high school serving the independent City of Falls Church. Until January 2014, it was located in the unincorporated area of Falls Church, in Fairfax County, Virginia, adjacent to Falls Church City. As part of Fairfax Water’s agreement to purchase the Falls Church Water System, the parcel with GMHS was transferred to Falls Church City.
The school serves some 750 students in grades 9-12. The school is the sole high school of the Falls Church City Public Schools system.
The school was the first in Virginia to use the International Baccalaureate program.
The school ranks highly overall in Newsweek Magazine’s list of the top public high schools in the United States, but it has fallen from the top tier in recent years: after reaching #6 in 2003, it is #45 as of May 2012.
GMHS was built on the site of a single-room school house which burned down in 1857. After the fire, the land sat empty until Falls Church was founded as an independent city in 1948 when residents sought greater control over their local school system, which, at the time, was segregated by race. GMHS, since its establishment in 1952, has become a hub of activity in the city for its facilities and athletic fields.
In early March 2009, Tyrone Byrd was named the new principal following the search process for the replacement of Bob Snee, the position having been held in the interim by assistant-principal Mary McDowell. Byrd began acting as principal April 6, 2009.