School History

West Springfield High School was established in September 1966. Students first attended class on the campus of Lee High School in Springfield until our building was ready for occupancy. When students moved into West Springfield High School on January 30, 1967, the building was still under construction. According to alumna Jody Nelson, "Part of it was closed off until it was finished. It was so far from the cafeteria and office to the classrooms by the parking lot that some of the students who helped out in the office wore roller skates to deliver messages and passes!” Our first principal was S. John Davis, who later became a superintendent of Fairfax County Public Schools. As we commemorate our more than 50 years of educating children in the West Springfield community, we invite you to explore some facets of our unique and fascinating history.

West Springfield High School's history webpages were created by WSHS Applied History students.