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Principal's Message

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Packer Family,

I am excited to work in this outstanding community and serve as the principal of Smithfield High School.  Prior to this appointment, I have served Isle of Wight, Newport News and Suffolk as an administrator.  Becoming a high school principal has always been a dream of mine and I could not have asked for a better opportunity than to serve this great community.  I am looking forward to the new opportunities and rewards that the 2021-2022 academic year will bring as we work together to ensure that all students are provided the best possible high school experience.  We will emphasize excellence through equity with our school programs, encompassing academic offerings, fine arts, athletics, CTE and all other opportunities available to SHS students.  It is my desire to see all students involved in at least one extracurricular activity in an effort to truly embrace the meaning of Packer pride.


The school administration will strive to be visible and accessible at all times to meet your needs.  Please do not hesitate to call and schedule an appointment if you have a specific concern or question about the progress of your child.


It is with great pleasure that I take this opportunity to welcome you to Smithfield High School.  Whether you are joining us for the first time or you have been a part of the SHS family for years, we encourage you to make the most of your time with us. Smithfield High School will continue its commitment to academic excellence and place a renewed focus on “Packer Pride.” 


The SHS Booster clubs provide the students and staff with many supports throughout the year.  These groups of dedicated parents and teachers need your help.  If you are wondering how you can support our school, please consider joining one of our Booster Clubs. 


Athletics Boosters: SABC President Janette Jeffrey,

Band Boosters: SHSBB President, Sarah Myers,

JROTC Boosters: Ryan Lewton,

Choral Boosters: Crystal Brooks,

We hope that our commitment to you and your child(ren) is evident the moment you walk through the front door and I would like to thank you again for allowing us the opportunity to work with you and your family.


Bryan Thrift