Fort Hunt High School

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Fort Hunt High School
Cannon in front of Fort Hunt High School, Alexandria, VA, USA.jpg
Cannon in front of Fort Hunt High School
8428 Fort Hunt Road
Alexandria, Virginia 22308
Coordinates 38°43′41.6″N 77°3′27.8″W / 38.728222°N 77.057722°W / 38.728222; -77.057722Coordinates: 38°43′41.6″N 77°3′27.8″W / 38.728222°N 77.057722°W / 38.728222; -77.057722
School type Public high school
Founded 1963
Status now Carl Sandburg Middle School
Closed 1985
School district Fairfax County Public Schools
Grades 9–12
Language English
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Green and gold           originally green and white
Mascot Federals
Feeder schools Stephen Foster Intermediate School
Rival Schools Groveton High School
Mount Vernon High School

Fort Hunt High School was a public secondary school near Alexandria, Virginia from 1963 until 1985, when it was converted to a middle school.

Constructed at a cost of $2.5 million, Fort Hunt High opened its doors at 8428 Fort Hunt Road in 1963, toward the end of the post–World War II baby boom, as part of the Fairfax County Public Schools.[1]

The school suffered $4.5 million in fire damage as the result of arson on December 30, 1978 when two seniors at the school and a 1978 graduate[2] threw Molotov cocktails into the building.[3][4] The fire resulted in the forced relocation of 1,700 students[5] who were sent on a split shift to nearby Groveton and Mount Vernon High schools through the remainder of the 1978-79 school year.

In 1985, due to declining enrollment, Fort Hunt was combined with Groveton High School to form West Potomac High School, located on Groveton's campus. The Fort Hunt campus was converted into Carl Sandburg Middle School, which replaced the older Stephen Foster and Bryant Intermediate Schools.

School institutions[edit]

The yearbook was called The Fortress. The school paper was called The Frontline. The athletic teams were called the Federals.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ Munsey, Everard (24 January 1963). "Fairfax Gets Title to Site Of School". The Washington Post. Retrieved 11 September 2015 – via Proquest. (Subscription required (help)). 
  2. ^ White, Ronald (4 August 1979). "3rd Fort Hunt Defendant Given One-Year Sentence". Retrieved 3 August 2017. 
  3. ^ Mansfield, Stephanie (31 December 1978). "$4.5 Million School Fire 'A Clear Case of Arson'". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2 August 2017. 
  4. ^ "Youth pleads guilty in school arson". The Free Lance-Star. Fredericksburg, Virginia. AP. May 30, 1979. p. 21. Retrieved 18 March 2013. 
  5. ^ Harden, Blaine (9 January 1979). "Parents Warned To Control Three Arson Suspects". Retrieved 3 August 2017. 
  6. ^ Fort Hunt High School 1965-1970 Alumni site
  7. ^ Fort Hunt High School 1969 Yearbook - "The Fortress" vol. VI. Fairfax County, Virginia. 1969. p. 376. pg. 97, Graduating Senior class picture. 
  8. ^ "2002 GTRI Annual Report (on line pdf), page 3 ref. to Michelson winning Pirelli Award" (PDF). Retrieved 2009-03-23. 
  9. ^ "Education Section and Pirelli Top Prize". 2002-05-10. Archived from the original on February 8, 2012. Retrieved 2014-06-25. 
  10. ^ Biographical Directory of the US Congress
  11. ^ a b c "Alum Profiles". Fort Hunt High School Alumni Association. 
  12. ^ "The Vice Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff". Joint Chiefs of Staff. 
  13. ^ NASA biographical information
  14. ^ "Anthony Lovett 'Rocky' Belk". Retrieved December 2, 2014. 
  15. ^ Barton, Mary Ann (October 8, 2011). "NBC's Hoda Kotb Returns to Northern Virginia, Talks Success, Survival". GreaterAlexandriaPatch. Award-winning broadcast journalist returns to her roots (she's an '82 grad of Fort Hunt High School) to wow crowd Friday night at Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce dinner.