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Principal’s Message


Welcome to the Douglas Southall Freeman High School website. The school was named in honor of Richmond native, Dr. Douglas Southall Freeman.  Dr. Freeman was an esteemed newspaper editor, historian, and Pulitzer Prize author.  Our school opened its doors in 1954.  With a strong sense of pride and tradition, DSF celebrates serving western Henrico neighborhoods for the past 61 years.

Academic achievement is rooted in our heritage and remains our ongoing mission. High standards have been set for our 1,650 students.  These high standards have supported our students in earning prestigious accolades including: National Merit Finalists, Commended Scholars, and admission to the most prestigious institutions of higher learning in Virginia and the nation.

Douglas S. Freeman takes great pleasure in offering award-winning visual and performing arts programs.  The fine arts play an intricate role and continue to foster creativity within the culture at DSF.  Embedded in our program is the notion of offering students learning that extends beyond the classroom.  Students are given opportunities to partake in various fieldtrips and festivals, showcasing our most spirited and talented.

Over 70 clubs, activities, and service organizations encourage and support our pursuit to graduate well-rounded students.  We celebrate the fact that over 700 students participate in our 38 sports teams, many of whom are multi-sport athletes.  These fine athletic ambassadors embody passion and determination in the pursuit of victory, while upholding DSF’s bold tradition of ‘EXCELLENCE, INTENSITY & PRIDE.’

Douglas S. Freeman’s mission and vision are etched in the rich tradition of producing versatile young women and men, who leave our hallways and accomplish the extraordinary.  With our roots firmly planted in outstanding student achievement, we are excited about the future. It is our goal to embrace and challenge the next generation of diverse Freeman students. In this, we hope to play our part in fulfilling Dr. Freeman’s passion to develop “curious learners, just and generous citizens.”

Welcome to the 2017-18 school year!


Andrew P. Mey


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