University High School (Morgantown, West Virginia)

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University High School
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University High School
131 Bakers Ridge Road
Morgantown , (Monongalia County) , WV 26508
United States
Coordinates 39°41′15″N79°55′42″W / 39.68750°N 79.92833°W / 39.68750; -79.92833 Coordinates: 39°41′15″N79°55′42″W / 39.68750°N 79.92833°W / 39.68750; -79.92833
Type Public
Established 1925
School district Monongalia County Schools
Principal Kimberly Greene
Grades 9-12
Number of students 1,264 (2015-16) [1]
Campus type Urban
Color(s) Crimson, old gold & black             
Athletics Football, boys/girls-Cross Country, boys/girls-Soccer, Golf, boys/girls-Basketball, Wrestling, boys/girls-Swimming, boys/girls-Tennis, boys/girl-Track, Baseball, Softball, boys/girls-Lacrosse, Cheerleading, and Dance, Volleyball
Mascot Hawk
Information (304) 291-9270

University High School is located in Morgantown, West Virginia and houses just over 1,250 students. It is a part of the Monongalia County Schools. Students largely come from the 2 feeder schools, Mountaineer Middle School (formerly Cheat Lake Middle School), and Westwood Middle School.

Morgantown, West Virginia City in West Virginia, United States

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Monongalia County Schools is a school district headquartered in Morgantown, West Virginia. It serves all of Monongalia County.




The school was established by West Virginia University in September 1925 as University Demonstration High School. It was not uncommon in the south for colleges to found "demonstration schools", ostensibly as a place for students to learn educational techniques, but also because many professors were unwilling to send their children to public schools of that era.

West Virginia University public university in Morgantown, West Virginia, United States

West Virginia University (WVU) is a public, land-grant, space-grant, research-intensive university in Morgantown, West Virginia, United States. Its other campuses include the West Virginia University Institute of Technology in Beckley and Potomac State College of West Virginia University in Keyser; and a second clinical campus for the University's medical and dental schools at Charleston Area Medical Center in Charleston. WVU Extension Service provides outreach with offices in all of West Virginia's 55 counties. Since 2001, WVU has been governed by the West Virginia University Board of Governors.

It was originally located in the Old Tea Room on the corner of Willey and Spruce Streets. The school had 35 students and three teachers, and quickly attracted more. In 1928, strained with over two hundred students, the school was relocated to the third and fourth floors of a building on the corner of Stewart Street and University Avenue. In 1930, construction on University Demonstration High began. The school occupied the old library on the West Virginia University Campus until 1933, when the building was complete, at an estimated cost of $283,837, the school is located at the top of North Price Street.


When, in 1972, West Virginia University no longer had need of the demonstration school, it was turned over to the Monongalia County Public School System. Morgantown High School district was divided and University High School was established as a second regular public high school. The school underwent major renovations and refurbishment, including the addition of a gymnasium and annex.

Morgantown High School

Morgantown High School is a public high school in Morgantown, West Virginia, United States. It is one of three secondary schools in the Monongalia County School District. Athletic teams compete as the Morgantown Mohigans in the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission as a member of the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference.

In 2006, construction began on a new campus for University High. This new facility, part of a bond issue passed by the citizens of Monongalia County in 2003, is located north of Morgantown along Bakers Ridge Road. The $35 million project includes a two-story classroom building, a greenhouse, a 2000-seat gymnasium, a 400-seat auxiliary gymnasium and an approximately 700 seat auditorium. In addition to the building, the campus also includes a new 4000 seat stadium for field sports, as well as multiple athletic and physical education fields. The building was designed by the award-winning Charleston WV architectural firm of Williamson Shriver Architects.

While the football team played its 2008 home games at the new high school (Mylan Pharmaceuticals Stadium), students did not arrive at the new University High until December 2008. On Wednesday, November 19, 2008 the old school on Price Street welcomed students for the last time, and students started school at the new location on December 3, 2008. Just after a few days, the building experienced minor flooding as a result of a heating issue that activated the sprinkler system.

The building that once held University High School now houses Mountaineer Middle School, formerly Cheat Lake Middle School. [2]

Academic Program

University High School offers 15 Advanced Placement courses, one of the largest AP programs in West Virginia. [3]


The University Hawks compete in the AAA class of the WVSSAC. They are members of the Two Rivers Athletic Conference (TRAC) which is a sub-conference of the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference (OVAC). The Hawks have enjoyed a long and intense rivalry with Morgantown High School.

State Championships

State Runner-Up

Notable alumni

Rich Braham is a former National Football League center who played for the Cincinnati Bengals.

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