Upper School Athletics


At Highland School, the objective of our athletic program is to provide an opportunity for student participation in properly supervised and controlled activities. Accordingly, Highland’s athletic department encourages and supports broad participation from as many students as possible.
While participation is the primary objective of our Upper School athletics program, we take great pride in the successes we've had at both the conference and state level since the Upper School was originally founded in 1996. Each year, 78% of our Upper School students participate in at least one varsity-level sport. Since 2000, Highand teams have won 11 state titles in six different sports.

Member of the Delaney Athletic Conference (DAC)

Highland is a Division I member of the Delaney Athletic Conference. Our varsity and junior varsity teams compete with other independent schools of similar size from around the region.

“I am very proud of where our program is today, as well as where it is headed,“ said Gary Leake, Highland’s Athletic Director. “I view the success of our Upper School athletic program as a partnership between student athletes, coaches, teachers, parents, and school personnel. At Highland, we are not a “win at all cost” school, but have developed a method that emphasizes the quality of the experience over the quantity of wins and losses.”

“I believe that, through participation, our student athletes have the opportunity to gain life lessons in such areas as self discipline, work ethic, character, time management, commitment and personal training habits,” Coach Leake continued.

Varsity and Junior Varsity teams for boys and girls

Highland School fields 20 Varsity teams for boys and girls across three seasons. We also offer Junior Varsity and Middle School teams across all three seasons to give more students the opportunity to participate, compete, and grow as both students and athletes. 

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  • Our Coaches are all Members of the Positive Coaching Alliance

    All of Highland's coaches are members of the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA), a national non-profit developing "Better Athletes, Better People" by working to provide all youth and high school athletes a positive, character-building youth sports experience. Learn more about the Positive Coaching Alliance at

  • Upper School Sports Offered by Season

    Fall Season
    • Cross Country - Varsity Boys 
    • Cross Country - Varsity Girls 
    • Field Hockey - Varsity Girls 
    • Soccer - Varsity Boys 
    • Tennis - Varsity Girls 
    • Volleyball - Junior Varsity Girls 
    • Volleyball - Varsity Girls

    Winter Season 
    • Basketball - JV "B" Boys
    • Basketball - Junior Varsity Boys 
    • Basketball - Junior Varsity Girls 
    • Basketball - Varsity Boys 
    • Basketball - Varsity Girls 
    • Cheerleading - Varsity Co-Ed 
    • Dance Team - Varsity Co-Ed 
    • Swimming - Varsity Co-Ed
    Spring Season 
    • Baseball - Varsity Boys 
    • Golf - Varsity Co-Ed 
    • Lacrosse - Junior Varsity Boys 
    • Lacrosse - Varsity Boys 
    • Lacrosse - Varsity Girls 
    • Soccer - Varsity Girls 
    • Softball - Varsity Girls 
    • Tennis - Varsity Boys


Highland School is a co-ed independent Pre-K2 to Grade 12 day school located in Warrenton, Virginia.