Letter from the Principal

Dear Madison,

Madison High School is an incredible place with amazingly talented students taught by the most innovative and dedicated teachers. Likewise, it has tremendous parent support and a wonderful community that puts children first.

It has been an incredible eleven years serving as principal to the Vienna community.  First, four years at Thoreau Middle School and then the last seven years at Madison.  This experience has truly been an honor for me, both personally and professionally. With that said, it is with mixed emotions that I share this news.  I have accepted the position of Management Support Director for High Schools in Prince William County Public Schools.

I am very proud of our accomplishments and contributions along the way.  Madison has become an innovative leader on learning, assessment, and grading across our region. Every year we have reduced class failures, increased graduation rates, and increased the number of students demonstrating mastery.  We have introduced new programming like the cross-curricular teams, WINGS, Forensics, Entrepreneurship, African American History, and AP Capstone/Research.  And, just recently we introduced our new addition with a library space that sets a new standard across the county.   

We have instilled a sense of pride at Madison in how we take care of our school and each other.  We have seen unprecedented student success in our activities, whether it’s receiving the Blue-Ribbon Award year after year for our music programs or the accumulation of 19 state championships over the past seven years.  I could go on and on about student successes to include Fine Arts, Drama, Student Government Association, Deca, Robotics, etc.… Madison has such a talented student body.

I have loved my time at Madison and the experiences it provided me.  I would have never imagined going on stage for the 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee, dressing up as the “Greatest Showman” for a faculty flash mob, lip syncing to Eminem at a pep rally, dying my hair red for the Homecoming Parade, or leading seniors and guests at Convocation in singing “We will rock you.”  There is no place like Madison High School.

My last day at Madison will be September 16, 2022. In the weeks to follow, Mr. Tyson, Region 1 Assistant Superintendent, in collaboration with the Department of Human Resources, will communicate the principal selection process for Madison High School.    

I know Madison will continue to thrive and I look forward to watching the great things to come.  I will always cherish my time at Madison and feel fortunate to be a part of its history.  Go Warhawks! 

In Kindness and Community,
Gregory S. Hood, Principal
James Madison High School
2500 James Madison Drive
Vienna, Virginia  22181
Phone:  703-319-2311
Email:  gshood@fcps.edu
Website:  http://www.fcps.edu/MadisonHS/
 One School – One Community – One World