Washington-Lee High School History: 2000 – 2019
As Arlington County’s population trended north of 200,000 just after the turn of the 21st century, W-L’s student population, its academic and athletic offerings, and its campus all grew. The school was completely rebuilt on the same site with a nod to the size and grandeur of the original 1925 building. Unique among area public schools, W-L offered a growing list of AP, IB, and other advanced elective courses. VHSL sports like volleyball and lacrosse, and club sports like ice hockey and ultimate frisbee, were added. The school continued to place highly in the various annual rankings of public schools.
- In 2000, Arlington War Memorial Stadium was refurbished for the first time in decades. An old asphalt track was replaced with a modern 8-lane regulation track and the visitors side stands were replaced. The end zone seating was removed. W-L was once again able to host regional athletic events.
- In 2004, the school board voted to completely rebuild W-L on its current site.
- The new academic wing opened for students in January 2008. Students had to walk outside to reach Campbell Gymnasium, while a new gym was under construction.
- The 1952 addition designed by architect Rhees Burket was demolished in August 2009. It contained the 2-story Campbell Gym, which could seat up to 2,500 spectators, two auxiliary gyms constructed in 1963, locker rooms, the former “home economics” classrooms, various science labs and classrooms, and the Little Theater.
- In 2009, the new W-L campus was completed. A natatorium, gymnasium, and auditorium opened for student use.
W-L’s AP, IB, and elective course offerings grew with new hands-on, project-based courses like Film and Environmental Systems.
President Obama Visit
In 2012, President Obama addressed W-L juniors, seniors, and their parents in W-L’s Campbell Gym. After the president’s emphatic “Go Generals” and a few jokes about prom and finals, the speech focused on the need to keep student loan interest rates low.
- Marion Spraggins from 2000-2003
- Dr. Gregg Robertson from 2003-2020
- Brittany O’Grady, class of ’13, starring roles in TV sticoms including Star (2016-2019) and Little Voice (2020)
District titles (where noted, d-district, c-conference)
- Football: 2013
- Boys Cross Country: 2004, 06, 13 (c), 14 (c)
- Girls Cross Country: 2003, 04, 10, 11, 12, 13 (d/c), 18
- Cheerleading: 2009, 12, 13
- Golf: 2014
- Field Hockey: 2004, 11, 13
- Volleyball: 2013, 14, 18, 19
- Boys Swim and Dive: 2000, 11, 12, 13
- Boys Basketball: 2000, 01
- Girls Gymnastics: 2010, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19
- Boys Indoor Track: 2014
- Girls Indoor Track: 2004, 12, 13, 14
- Boys Wrestling: 2018, 19
- Baseball: 2005, 13
- Boys Soccer: 2006, 11, 14 (d/c), 15, 17 (d/c)
- Girls Soccer: 2002, 10, 14 (c)
- Boys Lacrosse: 2010
- Girls Lacrosse: 2015
- Boys Tennis: 2003, 11, 12, 13
- Girls Tennis: 2005, 06, 08
- Girls Outdoor Track: 2013
- Rifle (Eastern Conference Champions): 2018
- Debate: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009, 2010, 2014 (c), 2017 (d/c), 2018
- Girls Gymnastics: 2012, 13, 14, 18, 19
- Boys Soccer: 2016
- Volleyball: 2019
- Debate: 2000
- Girls Cross Country: 2018
- Boys Soccer: 2016
- Girls Crew / Varsity 8 (Virginia Scholastic Rowing Championships): 2019
- Film (Narrative): 2018
- Girls Cross Country (3rd at States): 2019
- Ice Hockey** (Capital Scholastic Hockey League): 2019
- Girls Ultimate Frisbee / Joint Team with Yorktown: 2015
- The 2020 Girls Indoor Track team was the Region runner-up and finished third at States.
- The 2019 Girls Crew / Varsity 8 placed second at “National Schoolboy” aka the Canadian Secondary Schools Rowing Association Championships.
- The 2012, 2018, and 2019 Boys Basketball teams were the District runners-up. In 2012 W-L reached the finals after defeating crosstown rival Wakefield HS with a half court shot in the final second. (On 27 February 2020, W-L defeated Wakefield to reach the Region Final.)
- The 2019 Volleyball team was the State semifinalist.
- The 2019 Girls Gymnastics team placed third at States.
- The 2019 Football team was District runner-up.
- The 2018 Girls Cross Country team placed third at States.
- The 2016 Debate team placed third at States.
*W-L competed in the Liberty District with rival schools Yorktown, McLean, Langley, South Lakes, and Herndon. Previously, the Liberty Conference included Madison and Fairfax High Schools sans Herndon High School.
**Ice Hockey is not sponsored by W-L but has an informal affiliation with the school.