What is the best high school sports district in Hampton Roads?
This region has some of the best high school sports in the nation. And as a result, some people want to discover the BEST high school districts for their children to play -- and get experience and exposure to play at the next level.
As someone that played baseball competitively in Hampton Roads but covered high schools as a freelancer some -- I can speak with some authority on the school districts and their strengths based off the major sports. Let's break it down plain and simple.
Baseball is solid top to bottom around here, however, the best districts are probably Chesapeake and Virginia Beach. The Virginia Beach schools and Chesapeake schools have produced World Series players and dozens of professional baseball players. And the same goes for Chesapeake. Big name baseball schools include Great Bridge, Frank W. Cox, Hickory, Princess Anne, First Colonial, Western Branch, and Ocean Lakes. Williamsburg, Yorktown, Newport News, and Hampton all have produced top talent in the Big Leagues -- literally every district has talent. Of note: a little pocket near Hampton and Yorktown called Poquoson is notorious for having state championship baseball teams. You really can't go wrong if you want to get into a good baseball district, it's just a matter of which school.
Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Hampton schools are notorious for big name basketball players. In particular, Bethel High School, I.C. Norcom, Booker T. Washington, and Norview High. I would be remissed if I did not also mentioned Suffolk schools, particularly Kings Fork High School.
The competition is fierce and if you're looking to experience a tough district schedule, attend one of these schools. The basketball is very strong.
Oh football. It's HUGE down here. Virginia Beach, Newport News, Hampton, Norfolk, Chesapeake -- really most of the areas have players that make a name for themselves beyond high school. Michael Vick was from Newport News, Tyrod Taylor from Hampton, Percy Harvin from Virginia Beach, and Kam Chancellor is from Norfolk. There is no shortage of good high school programs, although Phoebus High and Hampton High in Hampton are historically powerhouses. Virginia Beach fluctuates. Oscar Smith has dominated Chesapeake for a long time. Also of note: Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School is a private school in Virginia Beach off Princess Anne Road that gets nationally televised games and attracts top-tier high school athletes that can compete with the strongest of the public schools mentioned.
Virginia Beach and Chesapeake dominate this sport. One reason is because the major soccer clubs (Beach FC and RUSH) are located in Virginia Beach. The talent pool is massive in Virginia Beach. Of note, Smithfield and some Yorktown and Williamsburg schools have sound soccer programs but not on the level of Virginia Beach. Notable schools include Frank W. Cox, Kellam, First Colonial, Hickory, and Warhill.
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