School History

Learn about Langley's past

Langley High School opened September 2, 1965. The name "Langley" came from Thomas Lee (third generation of Lees in this country and Governor of Virginia from 1749-1750) in honor of Langley Manor, which was part of the home estate in Shropshire, England. Langley means "long open meadow". Thomas Lee was one of the first to envision the colonies as a separate nation whose capital should be on the Potomac between Great Falls and Little Falls. Keeping these things in mind (including the Anglo Saxon background) the school steering committee chose the nickname "Saxons" and the schools colors of forest green and old gold with white as a trim color in keeping with the traditional theme.

Langley High School is one of twenty-six secondary and high schools in the Fairfax County Public School (FCPS) system. The school district is the largest in Virginia and the eleventh largest in the country, with over 175,000 students served.

Langley High School is located in the northeast corner of Fairfax County, just across the Potomac River from Washington, DC, in McLean, Virginia. The school's geographic attendance area, the largest in the district, encompasses residences on the border with Loudoun County as well as the community of McLean. It includes, according to Forbes Magazine, the 86th most expensive zip code (22066) in the nation.

The families that comprise the Langley community represent a diverse group of government, industry and business leaders, as well as medical, sports, and other professionals. Although ethnic diversity is low within the community and school, it is a culturally diverse community as it is home to many representatives of foreign countries. The school's location allows access to educational resources in both the nation's capital and the McLean community.

Individual students, small groups, or entire classes visit libraries, art galleries, museums, Capitol Hill, and the Supreme Court. Local leaders, including members of Congress, employees of international organizations, college professors, media specialists, and members of the business community, provide lectures and resources to supplement our educational program.

What's In a Name?

How does Shropshire, England tie in with Langley High School?