Helena High School is a public high school in Helena, Alabama. It opened at the beginning of the 2014 -- 15 school year. Children in grades 9 through 12 that lived in Helena had attended nearby Pelham High School since its opening in 1974, but due to major overcrowding, the Shelby County School System and City of Helena were pressured to invest in opening a new school in Helena; as a result, in September 2010, Helena announced that a high school would be opening within city limits in the next coming years. Early expectations were for the school to open in August 2013, but those expectations were pushed back to a year later. Students in the classes of 2015 and 2016 who attended Pelham High School in the 2013–14 school year, but who lived in Helena, were given the choice to remain at Pelham High or to transfer to Helena High; those students were required to submit their decision by December 20, 2013, those who did not submit a decision were automatically placed in HHS. All sophomores and freshmen for the 2014–15 school year that lived in Helena were required to attend HHS.
On May 16, 2013, former Chelsea High School principal Jay Peoples was named the first principal of the school. A large portion of the school's faculty and staff was hired from Pelham High School. On January 12, 2014, builders discovered vandalism, including spray-painted walls and released fire extinguishers, scattered throughout the school. Five suspects, all of whom lived in Helena and were set to attend the school, were captured and charged with third degree criminal mischief and third degree burglary by January 16; the damage was estimated to cost around $1,000. The school is located on Hillsboro Parkway opposite Helena Middle School in southwestern Helena, near the Hillsboro Trail; the school's colors are silver and bright blue, its nickname is the Huskies, as voted on by students and residents of Helena on November 27, 2012. In addition, the colors and mascots of the other public schools in Helena have been changed to concur with those of the high school. Helena High School was built on the former site of a coal mine that operated in Helena in the early 20th century, many artifacts found by workers building the school have been preserved in the Kenneth R. Penhale City of Helena Museum, established by its namesake, Ken Penhale, the brother of former Helena mayor of 44 years, Sonny Penhale, maintained by them and their family.
The school features several modern features, including projectors in classrooms which are interactive and can be used on any wall of the classroom, a wing of the school which includes classrooms that can double as storm shelters that, can hold all students and staff at the school. Helena High School Website
Dominion High School is a public secondary school in Sterling, an unincorporated area in Loudoun County, United States. It is part of Loudoun County Public Schools. Dominion High School first opened in 2003, receiving students from Potomac Falls High School and Park View High School. Dominion's student body draws students who live in the Sugarland Run and Lowes Island communities. Most students other from private schools. In 2005, Dominion was designated the host of the Loudoun Academy of Science, a designated part-time magnet school program for Loudoun County students. In 2018, the Academy of Science moved out of Dominion and merged with the Academy of Engineering & Technology as well as the C. S. Monroe Technology Center to form the Academies of Loudoun. In 2006-2007, Dominion's student body was 55% White. Dominion High School is a accredited high school based on the Standards of Learning tests in Virginia; the average SAT score from 2014-2015 for Dominion was a 1638. The mascot is a Titan, named Titus by a student-wide referendum of the inaugural class of Dominion.
The Dominion sports teams play in Conference 21 and Region 4A. The Dominion Titans won their first Dulles District championships in 2006 for gymnastics, wrestling. In 2007, Dominion defended the title of Dulles District wrestling champions. In the 2008-09 school year, the boys' basketball team won their first District title in school history and went all the way to the state quarterfinals. In the spring of 2010, the Titans' boys' lacrosse team won the school's first Dulles District Championship. In the spring of 2013, the boys' lacrosse team won the Dulles District Title and qualified for state semifinals; the Titan's girls' soccer team won the AAAA state championship in soccer, in the spring of 2014, winning Conference 21, Region AAAA North, the Titans first state championship. The school's second state championship came in spring of 2016, when the boys' lacrosse team had a perfect 21-0 record and won the state championship 17-4. Founding in 2003 alongside Dominion High School, Student Council facilitates the school's mission statement of encouraging an active membership in the community through service, by leading as a positive role model for one's peers.
With the innovative efforts of founding principal Dr. John Brewer, a spirit rock was introduced shortly after the school opened in 2003, as an effort to decrease vandalism while facilitating students free speech. Past activities include hosting homecoming festivities such as the parade, feast and dance, as well as orchestrating pep rallies. In 2009, the school joined the Cappies Awards Program of the Northern Virginia/DC Metro Area. In the 2016-2017 academic year, seniors Elijah Pafumi, Kathryn Allen, Emma Karren were nominated for best male vocalist in a musical, best female vocalist in a musical, best comic actress in a musical for their roles in the spring musical "Cinderella"; the concert band has grown from one class to two over the years, Ensembles 1 and 2. Both attend VBODA's District Festival every year. In 2009-2010, for the first time in school history, both ensembles received a score of superior. Due to the achievements of the marching band in the fall, Ensemble 1 received the distinction of Honor Band for the first time since 2006-07.
The jazz band is a smaller program that does not compete, but performs at school assemblies with the Latin Dance team, with the local elementary schools' Latin percussion students. In 2009 a group students, inspired by a trans-formative experience from a trip to India, created the Global Ambassadors Club; the club's mission is to expand the global perspectives of the student body through service initiatives, international exchanges, hosting an international summit. Service initiatives led by the club have included benefit concerts to support Save Darfur and El Refugio, various fundraisers to fund a playground for Saharsa Deepika, a change drive to raise funds for International Justice Mission, a canned food drive to support needy families in the community, a drive to collect items of need for the Loudoun Transitional Housing Program. In 2011-2012 the club engaged the student body in an online voting and texting campaign to secure $10,000 in funding through the Pepsi Refresh Project to support the first Dominion International Youth Leadership Summit.
The summit, which received funding from the Loudoun Education Foundation and One Loudoun, brought student delegations from six countries for ten days to explore global issues alongside the Dominion student body. In 2012-2013 the summit was expanded to the Loudoun International Youth Leadership Summit, with neighboring Park View High School hosting a school from Costa Rica. Yearly, delegates from Dominion High school travel to the Asian Pacific Youth Leadership Summit hosted by the Hwa-Chong institute in Singapore. Meggie Meidlinger, Class of 2006, women's national baseball player