South Lakes High School

Coordinates: 38°55′55″N 77°20′20″W / 38.932°N 77.339°W / 38.932; -77.339
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South Lakes High School
11400 South Lakes Drive


United States
School typePublic, high school
MottoVeritas in Scientia
(Truth in Knowledge)
Founded1978; 45 years ago (1978)
School districtFairfax County Public Schools
PrincipalKimberly Retzer
Staff192.31 (on an FTE basis) (2021–22)[1]
Enrollment2,565 (2021–22)[1]
Student to teacher ratio13.32 (2021–22)[1]
Color(s)  Royal Blue
  Kelly Green
Athletics conferenceConcorde District
Northern Region
Feeder schoolsLangston Hughes Middle School, Rachel Carson Middle School
WebsiteOfficial website Edit this at Wikidata

South Lakes High School is a public high school in Reston, Virginia, United States. The school serves grades 9-12 for the Fairfax County Public Schools.


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.[2] 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.[3] South Lakes' first graduating class was the class of 1981 (who attended the school for three years).[4]

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.[5] A second renovation, completed in the winter of 2018, gave the school a new wing.

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Search for Public Schools - South Lakes High (510126000566)". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved March 27, 2020.
  2. ^ "South Lakes High, Still Unfinished Opens for 2,000". Retrieved August 20, 2020.
  3. ^ "About Langston Hughes". Retrieved August 20, 2020.
  4. ^ "Thirty Years! South Lakes' Class of 1981 holds a special place as the school's first graduates". Retrieved August 20, 2020.
  5. ^ "South Lakes High School Renovation". Archived from the original on March 11, 2007.
  6. ^ Balderston, Michael (February 13, 2019). "Reston local Maame Biney on her achievements as an Olympian". Northern Virginia Magazine. Retrieved January 20, 2020.
  7. ^ McKinley, James (January 4, 2013). "Only 24, and at Home in the Top 10". The New York Times. Retrieved January 20, 2020.
  8. ^ "About David M. Ewalt". Retrieved July 22, 2021.
  9. ^ Vivlamore, Chris (December 7, 2017). "Grant Hill returns to South Lakes High School for jersey retirement". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved March 24, 2019 – via
  10. ^ 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.
  11. ^ "Deon King". Retrieved June 14, 2020.
  12. ^ Tenorio, Paul (April 21, 2012). "Even as a scrawny high school freshman, Thomas Mayo never stopped believing". The Washington Post. Retrieved May 19, 2019.
  13. ^ Montgomery, David (March 30, 2017). "How the U.S. ethics chief took on Trump and became a reluctant Washington hero". Washington Post.
  14. ^ "Sherrill, Mikie". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  15. ^ "Top 100: Wes Suter, South Lakes Gymnastics, 1982". Retrieved August 20, 2020.
  16. ^ "THE TV WATCH; O.K., Alex, Smart Nerds For $1 Million". Retrieved August 20, 2020.
  17. ^ Powell, Camille (May 28, 2001). "Webb Sets High School Mile Record". The Washington Post. Retrieved January 20, 2020.
  18. ^ 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.

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38°55′55″N 77°20′20″W / 38.932°N 77.339°W / 38.932; -77.339