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Goochland High School

Home of the Bulldogs

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MCJROTC Cadets Travel to Parris Island

Forty-six cadets from Goochland High School’s new MCJROTC program traveled to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD), Parris Island, SC for a few days during the week of march 13th.  The cadets gained first-hand view of how they “make Marines” at Parris Island.  While most cadets will never serve in any of our Armed Forces, the ROTC program aims to provide the students with the most realistic experience possible .  The cadets stayed in a military barracks, ate in a military chow hall and carried out some of the challenging activities that Marine Corps recruits are required to master.  Some of those activities included navigating an obstacle course, visiting the gas chamber, challenging the confidence course and leadership reaction course.  Cadets also received some personal attention from a Marine Corps Drill Instructor who taught them about drill, perseverance, teamwork, motivation and pushing through adversity. The response from the Cadets was overwhelming positive and it was an experience they will never forget.


Into the Woods

The Goochland High School Drama Department will present Into the Woods March 27 through March 29 in the Goochland High School auditorium. The popular musical, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine, is noted for its clever blending of well-known fairy tales, memorable songs, and themes that resonant with both young and old.


Into the Woods, which was adapted into a hit movie last year, is directed by Neil Burch, who is in his fourth year as head of the Drama Department at Goochland High School. Jay Sykes, who leads the Band program at GHS, is providing the musical direction. Vocal direction is by Kim Watts, a music teacher at Goochland Elementary School, and choreography is by Jamie Beatty, who teaches fifth grade at Byrd Elementary.

The musical is centered on a baker, his wife, and their longing for a child. Upon learning from an old witch that their childlessness is the result of a curse, they enter into a deal with the witch: she will lift the curse if they can obtain the objects she requires. The couple ventures into the woods to search for the objects, crossing paths with characters from “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Cinderella,” “Rapunzel,” and “Jack and the Beanstalk.” By the end of the show, many of the characters have experienced the consequences of greed, carelessness, and excess, and the audience is left pondering the adage “be careful what you wish for.”

“Into the Woods is a challenging production,” said Burch. “I wanted my students to learn and grow from the experience.” And by helping the students tackle the complex music and intricate lyrics, he gave them another objective: “My goal was to challenge their artistic abilities to create a fresh new fairy tale for audiences to analyze and explore.”

Evening performances of Into the Woods are at 7:00 p.m. March 27 and 28, with a matinee at 2:30 p.m. on March 29. Tickets are $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for students and can be purchased at the door. You can also reserve tickets online, and optionally pay online or at Will Call.

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Graduation Goodies - Attention, Seniors

Caps and gowns and other products from Jostens will be available for pickup on Thursday, March 19. A representative will be available during lunch. If you still have an outstanding balance, please bring cash before delivery date. No checks are accepted at this time. If you have not ordered a cap and gown yet, please bring $45 on March 19 (exact change, please). If you do not order by March 19, you may order online at

Please don’t delay. We want you to be ready for graduation.

Festival of the Arts

Mark your calendars for Goochland County Public School’s Festival of the Arts. Everyone is invited for an evening of fun on Thursday, March 19 at 5:00p.m. Enjoy instrumental, vocal, and dance performances. Get a sneak peek at this spring’s production of Into the Woods by the Goochland Players. View student art on display and make your own art to take with you.

In conjunction with this event, the Ceramics students will be holding their annual Empty Bowls fundraiser to benefit the Goochland Free Clinic and Family Services.



Goochland Health Fair 2015

All Goochland County residents are invited to the Goochland Health Fair on March 18 at the GMS gym. From 3:30p.m. until 5:30p.m. Join us to learn about fitness, nutrition, and many other topics. Visit vendors, collect door prizes, and see your neighbors.

This event is sponsored by the Goochand SHAB.

Download Health Fair poster.

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About GHS

Goochland High School is accredited by the Virginia Department of Education and AdvancED. We educate students in grades 9-12 in Goochland County, Virginia. Learn more about GHS through our profile & history page.

We're located at:
3250-A River Road West
Goochland, VA 23063
(804) 556-5322 | Fax (804) 556-6485

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Mr. Michael Newman

Assistant Principals:
Ms. Karen Scott, Mrs. Christin East

Athletic Director:
Mr. Bryan Gordon

Ms. Keisha Carroll

School Nurse:
Ms. Heidi Yates


Our thanks go out to Mr. Art Bachman for providing Goochland County and the school division the arial photo used on this page!


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Goochland, VA 23063