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 Greater Piedmont Athletic Conference (GPAC)

Highland School is one of the founding members of the Greater Piedmont Athletic Conference (GPAC). In addition to membership in the GPAC, Highland School's student-athletes participate in challenging schedules with opponents statewide.

“The athletic program at Highland offers our student-athletes an opportunity to develop and enhance character, teamwork, and mutual respect,” said Gary Leake, Highland’s Director of Athletics.  “While winning is not an end in itself, we believe that our student athletes’ efforts to be their best will lead them to succeed.”

“Our experienced and dedicated coaching staff contributed to the development of our program’s five pillars of participation and leadership: Character, Community, Commitment, Competitiveness, and Culture, said Coach Leake. "Through these pillars, we want our student-athletes to understand and appreciate the quality of the process that they experience to be greater than a focus on the outcome of a contest.”

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.