History of Northern Region

 

Original Northern Region (1965-93)

 

The  AAA Northern Region has undergone several changes over the years. The region was initially formed in 1965, with nineteen schools from Fairfax County, Alexandria and Arlington.  Until 1975, the region was broken into 3 districts ( Great Falls, Northern & Alexandra (later changed to Gunston).  In 1975, with several school additions, the region was expanded to 4 districts (Potomac District added).  Membership included:

SCHOOL Opened 1965-1975 1975-1993
Annandale 1954 Northern Potomac (1977-1993)
Centreville 1988 n/a Northern (1988-1993)
Chantilly 1973 Great Falls Great Falls (1974-77, 1988-93) Northern (1977-82) Potomac (1982-88)
Fairfax 1972 Northern Potomac (1975-1993)
Falls Church 1945 Northern Potomac (1975-1993)
Fort Hunt* 1963 Gunston Northern(1975-76); Gunston (1976-85)
GC Marshall 1962 Great Falls Potomac (1975-77); Great Falls (1977-1993)
Groveton* unk Gunston Gunston (1975-1985)
Hayfield 1968 Gunston Gunston (1975-1993)
Herndon 1967 Great Falls Great Falls (1975-1993)
James Madison 1959 Great Falls Potomac (1975-77); Great Falls (1977-1993)
JEB Stuart 1959 Northern Potomac (1977-1993)
Jefferson ** 1964-87 Northern Gunston (1975-77); Potomac (1977-1986)
TJHSST ** 1985 Northern Potomac (1987-88); Gunston (1988-93)
Lake Braddock 1973 Northern Northern (1975-93)
Langley 1965 Great Falls Great Falls (1975-1993)
McLean 1955 Great Falls Great Falls (1975-1993)
Mount Vernon 1939 Gunston Gunston (1975-1993)
Oakton 1967 Great Falls Potomac (1975-77); Great Falls (1977-80); Northern (1980-93)
Robert E. Lee 1958 Gunston Gunston (1975-93)
Robinson 1971 Northern Northern (1975-93)
South Lakes 1979 n/a Great Falls (1978-1993)
TC Williams *** 1965 Great Falls (1971-74) Northern (1975-93)
Thomas Edison 1962 Gunston Gunston (1975-1993)
Wakefield 1952 Northern Great Falls (1975-77); Potomac (1977-93)
Washington-Lee 1925 Great Falls Great Falls (1975-77, 1979-88); Northern (1977-79); Potomac (1988-93)
West Potomac* 1985* n/a Gunston (1985-93)
West Springfield 1966 Gunston Northern (1975-93)
WT Woodson 1962 Northern Potomac (1975-78); Northern (1980-93)
Yorktown 1960 Great Falls Great Falls (1975-88); Potomac (1988-93)

*- In 1985, Fort Hunt & Groveton combined to become West Potomac HS.

**- Jefferson HS was officially open from 1964-1987.  In 1985, Thomas Jefferson HS for Science and Techonology (TJHSST)  opened, using the same building.  Former Jefferson HS athletes were relocated to Annandale HS.

***- The current TC Williams HS was opened in 1971, taking students from former Hammond and George Washington High Schools. Currently, TC Williams has students 10-12, while 9th graders take classes at Minnie Howard MS. (Athletes 9-12 compete for TC Williams).

 

ReDistricting (1994-2013)

 

 In 1993, the Northern Region created new districts, based predominantly on the Level 5 & 6 designations for football.  These districts have been fairly stable, with some minor changes.  In addition to the schools listed below, at several times, schools from Loudoun County have been added or removed.

CONCORDE DISTRICT LIBERTY DISTRICT NATIONAL DISTRICT PATRIOT DISTRICT
  • Centreville
  • Chantilly
  • Herndon
  • Oakton
  • Robinson
  • Westfield
  • Fairfax HS
  • Thomas Jefferson HSST
  • Langley
  • James Madison
  • GC Marshall
  • McLean
  • South Lakes
  • Stone Bridge
  • Thomas Edison
  • Falls Church
  • Hayfield
  • JEB Stuart
  • Wakefield
  • Washington-Lee
  • Yorktown
  • Annandale
  • Lake Braddock
  • Robert E Lee
  • South County
  • TC Williams
  • WT Woodson
  • West Potomac
  • West Springfield

Note:  Loudoun County Schools (Stone Bridge, Park View, Broad Run, Loudoun Valley) only competed in cross country and outdoor track.  Loudoun County does not offer indoor track.

Changes included:

 

– Falls Church- Was in Liberty District from 1994-96, before moving to National District.

– West Potomac- Was in National District from 1994-96, before moving to Patriot District.

– WT Woodson- Was in Concorde District from 1994-99, before moving to Patriot District.

– Westfield – Opened in 2000, and was added to Concorde District.

– South Lakes- Was in Concorde District from 1994-2003, before moving to Liberty District.

– South County – Opened in 2005, and was added to Patriot District.

– Thomas Jefferson HSST- Was in Concorde District from 1994-2005, before moving to Liberty District.

– Robinson- Was in Patriot District from 1994-2005, before moving to Concorde District.

– Robert E. Lee- Was in Liberty District from 1994-2005, before moving to Patriot District.

– Fairfax- Was in Liberty District from 1994-2005, before moving to Concorde District from 2005-2009. In 2009, they returned to Liberty District.

– Hayfield- Was in Patriot District from 1994-2009, before moving into National District.

Loudoun County Schools include:

Broad Run- Competed in Liberty District from 1996-99.

Park View- Competed in Liberty District from 1996-99.

Potomac Falls- Competed  for Concorde District from 1997-99.

Stone Bridge- Added to Liberty District from 2005-2013.

Loudoun Valley- Competed in National District from 2005-07.

ReClassification (2013- 2017)

 

In 2013-14, the VHSL expanded from three classifications, to six classifications, based predominantly on school population size. Each classification was divided into two regions each (Northern or Southern). Of the 29 schools from the former structure, 21 were classified as being members of Region 6A North, and were divided into three new conferences (Conference 5 (Concorde), Conference 6 (Liberty), Conference 7 (Patriot). The remaining 8 AAAschools were designated at Conference 13 (Capitol Conference) of Region 5A North.

In addition, for the first time, Prince Williams Schools were added to the Northern Region.  The Cedar Run Conference (6A Conference 8) was added as the fourth conference to the 6A Northern Region.

CONCORDE (6A Conference 5) LIBERTY (6A Conference 6) PATRIOT (6A Conference 7) CEDAR RUN (6A Conference 8)
  • Centreville
  • Chantilly
  • Herndon
  • Oakton
  • Robinson
  • Westfield
  • Fairfax
  • Hayfield
  • Langley
  • James Madison
  • McLean
  • South Lakes
  • Washington-Lee
  • Yorktown
  • Annandale
  • Lake Braddock
  • South County
  • West Potomac
  • West Springfield
  • TC Williams
  • WT Woodson
  • Battlefield
  • Osbourn
  • Osbourn Park
  • Patriot
  • Stonewall Jackson
CAPITOL (5A Conference 13)
  • Thomas Edison
  • Falls Church
  • Thomas Jefferson HSST
  • Robert E Lee
  • GC Marshall
  • Mount Vernon
  • JEB Stuart
  • Wakefield

Re-Classification (again) (2017-2019)

 

In 2017, the VHSL reorganized the 6 classifications, essentially splitting the 2 regions into 4. For the first time since the Northern Region was organized, most of the principal members were separated into two regions, each including schools from Fairfax County, Arlington/Alexandria and Prince William County. The former 6A Northern Region was separated into the Occoquan Region (including schools from the Patriot District, (newly reinstituted) Gunston District, and Cardinal District (PW schools)), also known as 6A Region C, and the Northern Region (including schools from the Concorde District, Liberty District, and Cedar Run Districts), also known as 6A Region D.

In addition, some schools who competed in the 5A National District, competed in the 6A Region & State Meets (GC Marshall- Northern Region; Stuart (Justice)- Occoquan Region).

OCCOQUAN REGION C

PATRIOT (6A Conference 7) GUNSTON DISTRICT (6A) CARDINAL DISTRICT (6A)
  • Fairfax
  • Lake Braddock
  • Robinson
  • South County
  • West Springfield
  • WT Woodson
  • Annandale
  • Hayfield
  • Mount Vernon
  • West Potomac
  • TC Williams
  • Charles Colgan
  • Forest Park
  • Freedom (PW)
  • Gar-Field
  • CD Hylton
  • Potomac
  • Woodbridge

NORTHERN REGION D

CONCORDE DISTRICT (6A) LIBERTY DISTRICT (6A) CEDAR RUN DISTRICT (6A)
  • Centreville
  • Chantilly
  • James Madison
  • Oakton
  • Westfield
  • Herndon
  • Langley
  • McLean
  • South Lakes
  • Washington-Lee
  • Yorktown
  • Battlefield
  • Osbourn
  • Osbourn Park
  • Patriot
  • Stonewall Jackson
CAPITOL DISTRICT(5A)
  • Thomas Edison
  • Falls Church
  • Thomas Jefferson HSST
  • Robert E Lee
  • GC Marshall
  • Mount Vernon
  • JEB Stuart
  • Wakefield

 

Re-Classification (again) (2019- present)

As a means of balancing region imbalances, and addressing travel, the VHSL reorganized again, starting in the fall of 2019.  Northern Virginia (6A) remained divided into two regions (Region C- Occoquan Region and Region D- Northern Region), however the biggest difference was that the Prince William County schools who had joined the Northern/Occoquan regions in either 2013 or 2017 were removed.  Each region is comprised of two districts (Region C- Patriot & Gunston Districts; Region D- Concorde & Liberty Districts).  In addition, some 6A schools still competed in the 5A National District, but move to 6A regions for regional/state competition. ( Edison, Falls Church & Justice- Region C; GC Marshall & Wakefield- Region D)

The current distribution is as follows:

OCCOQUAN REGION C

PATRIOT (6A Conference 7) GUNSTON DISTRICT (6A)
  • Fairfax
  • Lake Braddock
  • Robinson
  • South County
  • West Springfield
  • WT Woodson
  • Annandale
  • Hayfield
  • Mount Vernon
  • West Potomac
  • TC Williams

NORTHERN REGION D

CONCORDE DISTRICT (6A) LIBERTY DISTRICT (6A)
  • Centreville
  • Chantilly
  • James Madison
  • Oakton
  • Westfield
  • Herndon
  • Langley
  • McLean
  • South Lakes
  • Washington-Lee
  • Yorktown

 

NATIONAL DISTRICT(5A/6A)
  • Thomas Edison (6A)- C
  • Falls Church (6A)-C
  • Thomas Jefferson HSST (5A)
  • Robert E Lee (5A)
  • GC Marshall (6A)- D
  • Justice (6A)-C
  • Wakefield (6A)-D

 

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