|South Lakes High School|
11400 South Lakes Drive
|School type||Public, high school|
|Motto||Veritas in Scientia|
(Truth in Knowledge)
|School district||Fairfax County Public Schools|
|Staff||192.31 (on an FTE basis) (2021–22)|
|Student to teacher ratio||13.32 (2021–22)|
|Color(s)|| Royal Blue|
|Athletics conference||Concorde District|
|Feeder schools||Langston Hughes Middle School, Rachel Carson Middle School|
South Lakes High School opened in 1978 with grades 7-10. Students in the first 10th-grade class had attended either Herndon or Oakton High Schools for grade 9. In the 1979-80 school year, the school had grades 7-11. Langston Hughes Intermediate School was supposed to open in the fall of 1980, but there were construction delays. As a result, for the first quarter of the 1980-1981 school year, South Lakes had a split shift so intermediate school (grades 7-8) students attended in the morning and high school (grades 9-12) students attended in the afternoon. Langston Hughes opened in time for 2nd quarter. South Lakes' first graduating class was the class of 1981 (who attended the school for three years).
South Lakes underwent a $55 million renovation from winter 2006 through August 2008. The renovation was completed in time for the 2008–2009 school year. A second renovation, completed in the winter of 2018, gave the school a new wing.
- Gordon Bellamy, video game executive, former executive director of the International Game Developers Association
- Ethan T. Berlin, writer and comedian, co-creator of the comedy game show Bunk
- Maame Biney, short track speed skater who competed in the 2018 Winter Olympics
- Big Pooh, rapper, half of hip-hop duo Little Brother
- Benny Blanco, rapper, songwriter, producer
- TJ Bush, professional soccer player in the USL League One
- David M. Ewalt, author and journalist
- Kimberly Fiorello, member of the Connecticut House of Representatives from the 149th District
- Nabra Hassanen, murdered while attending South Lakes
- Grant Hill, professional basketball player
- Michael Jackson, professional basketball player
- Deon King, former NFL player
- Derek Lee, former Major League Baseball player
- Thomas Mayo, NFL wide receiver
- Jessica O'Toole and Amy Rardin, television screenwriting duo
- Karen Reyes, professional soccer player, on the El Salvador women's national team
- Christopher Royal, former Arena Football League player
- Walter Shaub, director of U.S. Office of Government Ethics from 2013 to 2017
- Michael Shabaz, professional tennis player
- Mikie Sherrill, member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New Jersey's 11th district
- Andrew Siciliano, sports announcer for the Los Angeles Rams
- Wes Suter, gymnast who competed in the 1988 olympics
- Eddie Timanus, 5-Time Jeopardy! champion; USA Today sportswriter
- Wyatt Toregas, former Major League Baseball player
- Julian Vaughn, former professional basketball player
- Pat Viray, former professional soccer player
- Alan Webb, Olympic runner
- Christy Winters-Scott, NBC basketball announcer, University of Maryland women's basketball player, current head girls basketball coach at South Lakes
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- "South Lakes High, Still Unfinished Opens for 2,000". Retrieved August 20, 2020.
- "About Langston Hughes". Retrieved August 20, 2020.
- "Thirty Years! South Lakes' Class of 1981 holds a special place as the school's first graduates". Retrieved August 20, 2020.
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- Balderston, Michael (February 13, 2019). "Reston local Maame Biney on her achievements as an Olympian". Northern Virginia Magazine. Retrieved January 20, 2020.
- McKinley, James (January 4, 2013). "Only 24, and at Home in the Top 10". The New York Times. Retrieved January 20, 2020.
- "About David M. Ewalt". Retrieved July 22, 2021.
- Vivlamore, Chris (December 7, 2017). "Grant Hill returns to South Lakes High School for jersey retirement". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved March 24, 2019 – via fairfaxtimes.com.
- Mullan, Dillon (December 2, 2017). "'Still a Reston kid,' Grant Hill has his jersey retired at South Lakes High School". The Washington Post. Retrieved January 20, 2020.
- "Deon King". Retrieved June 14, 2020.
- Tenorio, Paul (April 21, 2012). "Even as a scrawny high school freshman, Thomas Mayo never stopped believing". The Washington Post. Retrieved May 19, 2019.
- Montgomery, David (March 30, 2017). "How the U.S. ethics chief took on Trump and became a reluctant Washington hero". Washington Post.
- "Sherrill, Mikie". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
- "Top 100: Wes Suter, South Lakes Gymnastics, 1982". Retrieved August 20, 2020.
- "THE TV WATCH; O.K., Alex, Smart Nerds For $1 Million". Retrieved August 20, 2020.
- Powell, Camille (May 28, 2001). "Webb Sets High School Mile Record". The Washington Post. Retrieved January 20, 2020.
- Williams, Preston (January 31, 2013). "South Lakes Coach Christy Winters Scott juggles high school basketball, a broadcasting career and family". The Washington Post. Retrieved January 20, 2020.