Rock Ridge

Virginia Secondary School

Welcome Back from Principal Mark Winter

Welcome back to a great school year and the beginning of the many ”LASTS” of Virginia High School.  The last 7th grade orientation, the last-first day of school, the last senior class, and the list goes on.  Where this could be a sad time, it is also a time of excitement and pride as it will be the best school year to date.

My name is Mark Winter and I will be the Virginia Secondary School Principal. I come to Rock Ridge Public School District after 29 years of teaching/administration in Winona, MN.  I was a Physical Education teacher, Activities Director, principal of a high school ALC, and for the last five years, principal of the middle school.  I am excited to be here and am quickly getting settled in. I look forward to meeting all the staff and students and I especially am excited for the first day of school.

The 7th grade orientation will begin at 8:00am on September 1st in the Goodman Auditorium along with a brief parent meeting in the choir room also at 8:00am.  Open House for all students will be on September 1 from 3:30-5:30pm.

For the success of all students there needs to be a partnership of all stakeholders.  We are here to work with parents/students and over time will build those relationships where comfortable conversation can take place even during times of high anxiety.  If concerns and issues do arise, do not hesitate to contact me or any school staff member.

Enjoy the last few days of summer and I wish everyone the best in the new school year ahead!

Construction & Transitions

For the 2022-2023 school year, students in Grades 7-12 will remain at VHS for one final school year before moving to the new Rock Ridge High School. Construction of the new North Star Elementary will be taking place “next door” to VHS,  but VHS will remain operational. Here is a Q&A with a wealth of information about all of the building transitions and upcoming elementary attendance boundaries:

Learners Today, Leaders Tomorrow

Are you considering a new school and a new beginning? Virginia High School might be just the place for you! As a leading school in academics, we offer over 85 elective opportunities and numerous sports and activities that allow each student to find their individual niche.

While this year will certainly be unique and will bring us new challenges, we are committed to providing our students a quality education that allows each student to flourish. Contact the school today to hear about the options awaiting you!

School Supplies for VHS

Please try to send students with the tools necessary for success in the classroom. Individual teachers will provide supply lists in the first days of school, but the basics are a good place to start.

The following items are commonly requested:

  • Pencils
  • Pens in several colors (aids in note-taking)
  • Highlighters or colored pencils
  • Notebook for each class period and/or binder with seven sections
  • Folders for each class period (7)
  • Backpack
  • Water bottle – water fillers are available throughout the campus.
  • Gym shoes & gym clothing change

Current Bulletin

Upcoming Events

VHS Band & Rock Ridge Orchestra Orlando Tour
VHS Band & Rock Ridge Orchestra Orlando Tour \\ March 18, 2023 Learn More
Rock Ridge Senior High Spring Play (Thurs., Fri., & Sun.)
Rock Ridge Senior High Spring Play (Thurs., Fri., & Sun.) \\ April 13, 2023 Learn More
Rock Ridge Band Concert (Gr. 9-12)
Rock Ridge Band Concert (Gr. 9-12) \\ April 24, 2023 Learn More
Rock Ridge Band Concert (Gr. 7-8)
Rock Ridge Band Concert (Gr. 7-8) \\ May 1, 2023 Learn More
VHS Prom Gr. 11 & 12
VHS Prom Gr. 11 & 12 \\ May 6, 2023 Learn More
Rock Ridge Orchestra Concert (Gr. 5-12)
Rock Ridge Orchestra Concert (Gr. 5-12) \\ May 8, 2023 Learn More
Rock Ridge Public Schools Since 2020

Rock Ridge Public Schools combines the communities of Eveleth, Gilbert, and Virginia into a progressive school district embracing an academy style high school to provide students with a real world learning environment.

Virginia Secondary School

411 South 5th Avenue
Virginia, MN 55792


8:15 AM - 3:12 PM MTRF
8:15 AM - 2:12 PM W