History & Traditions


Colonial Heights High School was established in 1957 at the site of the present Colonial Heights Middle School. Colonial Heights High School graduated its first class in 1961. Its first class graduated 90 students. In 1964 upon completion of the current building, it moved to its present location. The enrollment at the school is currently about 900 students.

During its existence, the school has been ably served by the following principals: 

Kristin Janssen

2010 - current


Dr. John Keeler

2002 - 2010


Robert Stansberry

1998 - 2002

Robert A. Goulder

1986 - 1998

James M. Barker, Jr.

1972 - 1986

E. Lloyd Pugh

1968 - 1972


W. E. Stone

1966 - 1968

Louis N. Dalton

1962 - 1966

W. W. Reade

1957 - 1962


CHHS is accredited by the State Board of Education and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and is a member in good standing of the Virginia High School League.  In 1991, CHHS received recognition by the State of Virginia as a nominee for the National Secondary School Recognition Program for "Outstanding Secondary Schools.''

CHHS Technical Center building

The mathematics wing was added to the main building in 1970-71; and the technical center, located just across the High School at 3451 Conduit Road, opened in 1980-81.  The technical center contains the following vocational capabilities: Child Care, Culinary Arts,  ICT, Marketing Education, Technology, Auto Mechanics, Business, and Building Trades.


The Annual Homecoming of Colonial Heights High School was established in 1961 by the SCA. A homecoming queen is elected to reign over the celebrations. She is crowned during a halftime ceremony at the Homecoming Football Game. She reigns over the Homecoming Dance the following evening. All alumni are given a special welcome.

The Junior Ring Dance is an important event each year. The Juniors form a ring figure and their class rings are presented at this formal dance.

The Senior Prom is held in the late spring. This formal dance is for Seniors and their dates only. This event is followed by an "After Prom" celebration sponsored by parents and the community.