History of Smithfield High School
Smithfield High School, one of ten model high schools designated by the Virginia Department of Education, is a four-year public school accredited by both the Department of Education for the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The Smithfield High School Community servers students in grades nine through twelve.
Smithfield High School prides itself on the cultural heritage of its Hampton Roads colonial town listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The community of the school takes pride in being a part of a town named one of the "50 Best Small Southern Towns" and the students enjoy its rural flavor, waterfront history, and world-famous meat-packing industry, which is why we are The Packers and our mascot is the hog.
Smithfield High School graduated its first class in 1906. Located in Isle of Wight County, Virginia, the current school building opened its doors in 1980. Smithfield High School offers its students a full experience by providing a wide array of courses, athletic teams, and extracurricular activities. Students have opportunities to prepare for a world beyond the high school setting - whether they plan to proceed to college, to work, or to the military.
Over the last century, the high school has adapted to a growing community with innovative approaches to education; the 2005-06 school year marked the beginning of the Smithfield High School Small Learning Community.