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Oakton High School

Oakton High School
2900 Sutton Road
Vienna, Virginia, Fairfax, 22181
United States
Type Public High School
Founded 1967
School district Fairfax County Public Schools
Principal John Banbury
Teaching staff ~220
Grades 9-12
Gender Coeducational
Enrollment 2,307[1] (2014-5)
 • Grade 9 574
 • Grade 10 587
 • Grade 11 594
 • Grade 12 552
Campus type Suburban
School colour(s) Burgundy and Gold
Athletics conference Concorde District
Northern Region
Rivals Chantilly High School
Westfield High School
Madison High School
Robinson Secondary School
South Lakes High School
USNWR ranking
  1. 111
Feeder schools Carson Middle School
Franklin Middle School
Kilmer Middle School Jackson Middle School

Oakton High School is a public high school in unincorporated Fairfax County, Virginia, which is in proximity to the town of Vienna, in the United States, even though its name suggests that it would be in the town of Oakton. It is part of Fairfax County Public Schools.

Oakton operates on a block schedule five days a week, alternating between "Burgundy" and "Gold" days. It is headed by its principal, John Banbury, and several assistant principals.


  • History 1
  • Campus 2
  • Demographics 3
  • Standardized testing 4
  • Feeder schools 5
  • Academics 6
  • Performing arts 7
    • Band program 7.1
    • Choral program 7.2
    • Drama program 7.3
    • Orchestra program 7.4
  • Publications 8
  • Athletics 9
    • 2005-2006 9.1
    • 2006-2007 9.2
    • 2007-2008 9.3
    • 2008-2009 9.4
    • 2009-2010 9.5
  • State champions and recognitions 10
  • Notable alumni 11
  • In popular culture and film 12
  • References 13
  • External links 14


Oakton High School was founded in 1967 in Vienna, Virginia. The original Oakton High School was located in the facility which is now used by Oakton Elementary School. When it opened, Oakton was the host facility for an IBM 1401 which was Fairfax County's first computer. A computer curriculum, one of the first offered at the high school level, was available to full-time Oakton students and to students from several other county high schools on a part-time basis. This system was retired in the early seventies when Fairfax County installed an IBM 360 mainframe at the Annandale campus of Northern Virginia Community College.

In 1973, after a tornado struck W. T. Woodson High School, their students attended the remainder of the school year in a split shift at Oakton High School.[2]

The school achieved international notoriety in 2009 when it suspended, and threatened to expel, a student for taking a birth-control pill while on school premises.[3] The incident was referenced during the August 3, 2009 episode of The Colbert Report, with the show satirically portraying the student as a "druggie".[4]


Like most Fairfax County schools, the building is of considerable size, consisting of two stories in order to accommodate its population of over 2,350 students. The school is divided into separate hallways for individual subjects, with English and History predominantly on the second floor and Math and Science residing on the first.


In the 2014-2015 school year, Oakton High School's student body was 55.91% White, 24.63% Asian, 9.30% Hispanic, 4.96% Black, and 5.18% Other.[5]

Standardized testing

Oakton High School is a fully accredited high school based on the Standards of Learning tests in Virginia. The average SAT score in 2006 for Oakton High School was 1,703 (568 in Critical Reading, 578 in Math, and 557 in Writing).

Feeder schools

Crossfield Elementary School, Fox Mill Elementary School, Mosby Woods Elementary School, Navy Elementary School, Oakton Elementary School, Waples Mill Elementary School, Stone Middle School, and Rachel Carson Middle School are all in the Oakton School Pyramid. Jackson Middle School, Kilmer Middle School, and Franklin Middle School are also feeder middle schools for Oakton, though they are not in the school pyramid.


Oakton offers an Advanced Placement (AP) Diploma Program and a large variety of AP classes.[6] Post-AP courses are available to sufficiently advanced students through academy courses.

The school offers a wide variety of elective courses and allows students to participate in academy courses (courses hosted by other schools at other school sites). Elective courses include Fairfax County Public Schools system.[7]

In 2014, Oakton High School was ranked #111 Nationally in the US News and World Report Best High Schools.[8]

Performing arts

Oakton's Performing Arts Department, which includes band, choral, orchestral, and theatre arts departments, regularly earns distinction as one of the premier performing arts programs in the area.[9]

In 2008, the performing arts department won the extremely prestigious Blue Ribbon Award, a result of Superior ratings for all Band, Choral, and Orchestra groups in state festivals.

Band program

The Oakton High School marching band at the Lee-Davis Invitational competition, fall 2001

The Oakton Band program is in its 30th year under the direction of Dr. Cheryl Newton, and its first year with associate director Michael Bellinger. The program consists of a marching band, three concert bands, two jazz bands, a winter color guard, drumline program, and several guitar classes and ensembles.

Oakton has been recognized as a Virginia Honor Band (the highest award for high school band programs) nineteen times, including eleven consecutive years from 1995 to 2005. This award is given to bands that receive superior marks for marching and concert performances of the top band. The marching band has won countless other awards at competitions throughout the country, and in addition, has been featured in parades and professional football games. The concert bands have made many appearances at Fiesta-val competitions, including locales such as Orlando, Toronto, Myrtle Beach, and Chicago.

The Oakton Band program is deep-seated in tradition. Every August, the marching band will spend a week in Orkney Springs, Virginia to focus on the drill and music for the year's program and enjoy the scenery of the Shenandoah Valley. Furthermore, Oakton hosts the Oakton Classic, a marching band competition. The Classic has been held annually (usually in October) every year since 1984, with a gap year in 2012.[10]

Dr. Cheryl Newton also teaches two AP music theory classes, available to all Oakton students. Piano Lab is another class offered by the music program.

Choral program

Oakton High School has four regular in-school choruses; Madrigals, Chamber Choir, Select Women's Ensemble, and Concert Choir. The department also includes two eighth period (after school, for credit) specialty groups: Jazz choir and Show choir. The department is under the direction of Tiffany Powell, and has competed in such locations as Atlanta, New York, and Orlando. In the spring of 2010, the department traveled to New York and competed in Festivals of Music: New York. At the event, Madrigals and the combined women's choir, comprising members of both Chamber and Select Women's, were awarded the best mixed and women's choirs awards. Madrigals has also had the opportunity to sing at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC along with the Washington Chorus.

Drama program

Oakton High School's drama program typically puts on a few plays in the fall or winter, and a spring musical. The department is under the direction of Vanessa Gelinas, Robert "Skip" Bromley having retired in 2008. In recent years, the drama program has put on Arsenic and Old Lace, The Wizard of Oz, and other plays and musicals.[11] The 2007-2008 season included The Importance of Being Earnest, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown and Into the Woods. The 2008-2009 season included The Foreigner, the lead played by Chris North,[12] and The Odd Couple (female version). The spring 2009 musical was Little Women. Performances usually take place in the Robert "Skip" Bromley Auditorium, dedicated 2008. Oakton Drama is to, for the 2009-2010 season, produce A Tisket, A Tasket, Four Dames and a Casket (a play written by Haley Herrinton, a student attending Oakton), and Rehearsal for Murder. Most recently, former student Henry Ragan starred in Oklahoma! by Rodgers and Hammerstein, for which he was nominated a Cappies award.

Orchestra program

The Oakton High School strings program consists of three orchestras: the Chamber Orchestra, the Symphonic Orchestra, and the Concert Orchestra. As of the 2009-2010 school year, all three orchestras are under the direction of Dr. Debra K. Myers, who has taught for many years in other Fairfax County public schools. In the previous three school years, all three orchestras were led by Dr. Cheri Collins, an accomplished violinist and conductor. The orchestras typically give around four concerts a year, consisting of performances by the Chamber Orchestra and the combined Symphonic and Concert Orchestras. The program has participated in many festivals around the world, in locations such as Hawaii, Italy, Orlando, and Chicago. In 2007, the newest orchestra, Concert, was introduced. This class meets every day during 7th period, and allows students to learn how to play a stringed instrument in a more learner-friendly environment. The other two orchestras meet on alternating days due to Oakton's block scheduling.

Due to a complication in the grading of certain pieces the Chamber Orchestra was preparing in 2007, both orchestras went to district festival for Comments Only. In 2008, however, both the Chamber and the combined Symphonic and Concert Orchestras received a rating of Superior.

In 2008, the combined Symphonic and Concert Orchestras performed at the Washington D.C. Heritage Festival, where they received a gold rating. In addition, they were invited to perform in 2009's Boston Festival of Gold, which they did not accept.

The Chamber Orchestra participated in the Atlanta. The group placed 4th, which was the highest ranking of a non-magnet, non-music school.


Oakton's award-winning publications provide many opportunities for students to express themselves. Its Publications Department produces a newspaper, The Outlook, a yearbook called Paragon, and a literary magazine, Opus. In October 2006, both The Outlook and Paragon received Trophy-Class honors at the Virginia High School League, with a rating of Superior. In April 2008, Paragon received a Pacemaker award, one of the highest honors in high school journalism, as well as 8th in best of show. Outlook placed 6th in best of show. The school used to have a radio club, Fat Cat Radio, and a daily television show, Cougar News.


Oakton is a member of the AAA Concorde District and the Northern Region of the Virginia High School League. Its cross country, football, baseball, lacrosse, and men's swimming teams have all claimed recent Virginia state titles.


During the 2005-2006 school year, Oakton Baseball were runners-up. Oakton claimed three state titles: boys cross country, football, and girls lacrosse. The boys lacrosse team, with its loss to Robinson Secondary School ended its three-year streak as state champions.


The baseball team won regionals. Oakton's golf team placed 3rd in the district, and 1st in the region. The boys cross country team placed 1st in the district and region, and 2nd in the state. The field hockey team placed 1st in the district. The football team made the playoffs, but lost in the first round to Chantilly High School, who would end up being the state runner-up. The men's swim and dive team finished second at each districts, regionals, and states. The girls basketball team was the district champion and region runner-up, identical results to last year. The boys track and field team won districts, as well as the girls lacrosse team, who went on to win regionals and states as well.


Danny Kim won the boy's state golf tournament as an individual, and Amanda Steinhagen won the girl's state championship, with Lauren Greenlief coming in second. This was the first time in Oakton's history that they captured both the girl's and boy's individual state golf titles in the same year. The boys cross country team captured the district title and were second in the region. The girls cross country team also secured the district title, were 4th in the region, and came back to take 2nd in the state meet. The men's swim team placed 2nd in districts, regionals, and finals to Robinson Secondary School. The girls lacrosse team won the region and state championship.


The boys cross country team won district, region, and state titles. The girls cross country team finished third in the district and were runner-ups in the region. The football team, with a perfect 10 – 0 season, went on to win the district and regional titles, finishing with a 13-1 record. The boys swim and dive team placed third in the district and won the regional title, and the girls swim and dive team placed second in the district. The girls basketball team finished with a perfect season, and went on to win the district and regional titles, and were runner-ups in the state. The girls indoor track and field team won the district title. The boys outdoor track and field team won the district title.


The boys cross country team won the district title for the fifth straight year, they also won the region title for the fourth time in five years, and were runner-ups in the state. The girls cross country team finished second in the district and sixth in the region. The girls indoor track and field team won the district title for the second straight year.

The boys basketball team, under first year head coach David Brooks, defeated Chantilly on a game-winning 17 footer by Senior Andrew Daniels to win its first District title since 1972.

The boys swim and dive team won the state, regional, and district championship titles. Senior Bradley Phillips won the 400 meter freestyle, setting a national record, and the 200 meter freestyle. Senior KJ Park won the 200 meter IM and the 100 meter breaststroke. The men's 400 freestyle relay also won and set a national record. The girls swim and dive team placed fourth at states. Junior Kaitlin Pawlowicz won the 100 meter butterfly and the 200 meter IM, and set a national record in the 200 meter IM.

Amanda Steinhagen became the first girl to win the Virginia High School League (VHSL) girls high school golf championship twice. She also won it in her Sophomore year at Oakton. Amanda set a state record of 138 for the tournament.

State champions and recognitions

Virginia State Championships (Team)
Year Sport/Competition
1978 AAA Boys Cross Country
1985 AAA Boys Golf
1990 AAA Boys Swimming and Diving
1991–1992 AAA Theater
1992[14] Boys Lacrosse
1993 AAA Girls Gymnastics
1996 AAA Creative Writing - Folder
1998 AAA Creative Writing - Folder
1998 AAA Boys Cross Country
1999 AAA Creative Writing - Folder
2000 AAA Baseball
2003[14] Boys Lacrosse
2004[14] Boys Lacrosse
2005 AAA Boys Cross Country
2005 AAA Football Division 6
2005[14] Boys Lacrosse
2006 Girls Lacrosse (Unclassified)
2007 Girls Lacrosse (Unclassified)
2008 Girls Lacrosse (Unclassified)
2008 AAA Boys Cross Country
2010 AAA Boys Swim and Dive
2012 AAA Girls Basketball
2012 AAA Girls Swim and Dive
2012 Girls Lacrosse (Unclassified)
2013 6A Girls Cross Country
Virginia State Runner-Up (Team)
Year Sport/Competition
1982 AAA Baseball
1983 AAA Boys Golf
1990 AAA Softball
1998 AAA Girls Gymnastics
1999 AAA Boys Soccer
2001 AAA Girls Basketball
2001 AAA Softball
2002 AAA Girls Outdoor Track
2002 AAA Football Division 6
2005 AAA Girls Cross Country
2006 AAA Baseball
2006 Boys Lacrosse (Unclassified)
2006 AAA Boys Cross Country
2007 AAA Boys Swimming and Diving
2007 AAA Girls Cross Country
2008 AAA Boys Swimming and Diving
2008 Boys Lacrosse (Unclassified)
2009 AAA Girls Basketball
2009 AAA Boys Cross Country
2012 AAA Girls Cross Country
Virginia Honor Band
Year Notes
1990 First in the history of the school
1996 First-time repeat recognition
2002 10th Year recognition
2008 15th Year recognition
Virginia State Championships (Individual)
Year Sport/Competition Name
1971 AAA Girls Tumbling (Gymnastics) Diane Friedman
1972 AAA Girls Tumbling (Gymnastics) Diane Friedman
1973 AAA Girls Original Oratory (Forensics) Carolyn Davis
1977 AAA Boys Outdoor Two Mile Run (Track) Jim Hill
1977 AAA Individual Boys Golf Tony Deluca
1978 AAA Boys Pole Vault (Track) Troy Nieves
1978 AAA Boys Outdoor Two Mile Run (Track) Jim Hill
1978 AAA Girls Prose Reading (Forensics) Jacqueline Lucid
1978 AAA Individual Boys Cross Country James Hill
1979 AAA Boys Indoor 3200m Run (Track) Jim Hill
1979 AAA Boys Outdoor Two Mile Run (Track) Jim Hill
1981 AAA Boys Original Oratory (Forensics) Bob Stankey
1982 AAA 167 lb Weight Class (Wrestling) Jeff Palmucci
1984 AAA Girls Vault (Gymnastics) Angel Bursenos
1984 AAA Boys Singles (Tennis) Lee Bell
1985 AAA Individual Boys Golf Chris Turner
1986 AAA Boys High Jump (Track) David Daigler
1989 AAA Boys Doubles (Tennis) Finch/Miller
1992 AAA Girls Beam Co-champion (Gymnastics) Kristi Van Buren
1993 AAA Girls Indoor 3200m Run (Track) Keri Gray
1994 AAA 140 lb Weight Class (Wrestling) John McManus
1994 AAA Spelling (Forensics) Richard Allen
1996 AAA Spelling (Forensics) Amy Hegan
1997 AAA 215 lb Weight Class (Wrestling) Brian Welch
1997 AAA Essay (Creative Writing) George Kraus
1998 AAA Boys Outdoor 800m Run (Track) Andrew MacLeod
1998 AAA Poetry (Creative Writing) Maria Ahmad
1998 AAA Short Story (Creative Writing) Becky Olsen
1999 AAA Boys Outdoor High Jump (Track) Teddy Presley
1999 AAA Boys Outdoor 3200m Run (Track) Jacob Frey
1999 AAA Short Story (Creative Writing) Courtney Davis
2000 AAA Boys 200 Medley Relay (Swimming) Oakton[15]
2000 AAA Boys 50 Freestyle (Swimming) Mike Sihler
2000 AAA Boys 100 Freestyle (Swimming) Mike Ott
2000 AAA Boys 200 Freestyle Relay (Swimming) Oakton[15]
2000 AAA Girls Outdoor High Jump (Track) Bonnie Meekins
2000 AAA Girls Outdoor 3200m Relay (Track) Oakton[15]
2000 AAA Individual Girls Cross Country Keira Carlstrom
2001 AAA Boys 200 Individual Medley (Swimming) Mike Ott
2001 AAA Boys Doubles (Tennis) Wolfe/Tsai
2001 AAA Boys Indoor 3200m Run (Track) Matt Maline
2001 AAA Boys Outdoor 1600m Run (Track) Matt Maline
2001 AAA Girls Outdoor 1600m Run (Track) Keira Carlstrom
2001 AAA Individual Girls Cross Country Keira Carlstrom
2002 AAA Boys 200 Individual Medley (Swimming) Mike Ott
2002 AAA Boys 100 Freestyle (Swimming) Mike Ott
2002 AAA Girls Indoor High Jump (Track) Bonnie Meekins
2002 AAA Girls Indoor 1600m Run (Track) Keira Carlstrom
2002 AAA Girls Outdoor Long Jump (Track) Bonnie Meekins
2002 AAA Girls Outdoor High Jump (Track) Bonnie Meekins
2002 AAA Girls Outdoor 1600m Run (Track) Keira Carlstrom
2003 AAA Boys 100 Freestyle (Swimming) Mike Ott
2003 AAA News/Feature Photo (Newspaper) Jennifer Cubas
2003 AAA Student Life Spread (Yearbook) Henricka Hamler, Arushi Phull
2003 AAA Sports Spread (Yearbook) Megan Koster
2003 AAA People Spread (Yearbook) Melissa Leong
2004 AAA Girls Indoor 3200m Relay (Track) Oakton[15]
2005 AAA Girls Indoor 1600m Run (Track) Danielle Light
2005 AAA Boys Outdoor 3200m Run (Track) Jason Vick
2005 AAA Girls Outdoor 3200m Relay (Track) Oakton[15]
2006 AAA Poetry (Creative Writing) Christine Williams
2007 AAA Individual Boys Golf Danny Kim
2007 Individual Girls Golf (Unclassified) Amanda Steinhagen
2008 AAA Boys Indoor 1600m Run (Track) Joe LoRusso
2008 AAA Boys Outdoor 1600m Run (Track) Joe LoRusso
2008 AAA News: Straight News/News Feature/Sports News (Newspaper) Chris Weil
2008 AAA Feature: In-Depth/Informative (including Sports) (Newspaper) Matt Johnson, Erica Wohlleben
2008 AAA Concept Packaging (Yearbook) Oakton[16]
2009 VHSL State Journalist of the Year Matt Johnson
2009 AAA Boys 200 Freestyle (Swimming) Bradley Phillips
2009 AAA Classic Policy Debate Alexandra Kralick, Gabrielle Tate
2010 AAA Boys 200 Freestyle (Swimming) Bradley Phillips
2010 AAA Boys 400 Freestyle (Swimming) Bradley Phillips
2010 AAA Boys 200 IM (Swimming) KJ Park
2010 AAA Boys 100 Breaststroke (Swimming) KJ Park
2010 AAA Boys 400 Freestyle Relay (Swimming) Philip Hu, Chris Megaw, Bradley Phillips, KJ Park
2010 AAA Girls 200 IM (Swimming) Kaitlin Pawlowicz
2010 AAA Boys 100 Butterfly (Swimming) Kaitlin Pawlowicz

Notable alumni

In popular culture and film


  1. ^
  2. ^ Wilbert Tucker Woodson High School
  3. ^ "Birth-Control Pill Lands Fairfax Student 2-Week Suspension, Possible Expulsion". The Washington Post. 2009-04-05. Retrieved 2010-05-20. 
  4. ^ Nailed-Em - War on Birth Control The Colbert Report, August 3, 2009
  5. ^ FCPS-School Profiles, Oakton HS
  6. ^ FCPS - School Profiles - Oakton HS
  7. ^ GreatSchools - Public and Private School Ratings, Reviews and Parent Community
  8. ^ [2]
  9. ^ "Performing Arts". Oakton High School. Retrieved 2007-12-14. 
  10. ^ "Oakton Bands". Retrieved 2007-12-14. 
  11. ^ "OHS Drama". Retrieved 2007-12-14. 
  12. ^ "Lead of the Foreigner". Retrieved 2005-2012. 
  13. ^ "Music for All National Festival". Music for All. Retrieved 2008-03-04. 
  14. ^ a b c d Although Oakton was the state champion for boys lacrosse in 1992 and from 2003-2005, those titles were unofficial.
  15. ^ a b c d e Relay teams are considered individuals in this context.
  16. ^ The entire yearbook staff is considered an entity in this context.
  17. ^ Oakton grad is ultimate ‘Survivor’ -
  18. ^ Tara Bahrampour (July 24, 2010). "Terror suspect took his desire to belong to the extreme". Washington Post. Retrieved July 29, 2010. 
  19. ^ Thomas, Owen. "Sean Parker drops out of college, again and again and again". Retrieved 2008-11-13. 
  20. ^ "Genius from Class '96". Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  21. ^ "Sean Parker". Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  22. ^ Mundy, Liza; Argetsinger, Amy; Shapira, Ian (2009-12-22). "The Party Crashers: A look at Tareq and Michaele Salahi before they were famous". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2010-05-20. 
  23. ^
  24. ^ "Minnesota Vikings: Scott Turner".  
  25. ^ Bryan Strickland (May 23, 2011). "Turner following father's footsteps".  
  26. ^

External links

  • Oakton High School profile at Fairfax County Public Schools
  • Oakton HS Sports
  • Oakton HS Newspaper
  • VHSL-Reference
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