Broadway High School

Home of the Fighting Gobblers


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Welcome to Broadway High School!

On behalf of the Broadway High School faculty, staff, and community I thank you for visiting our school’s website. In 2014 BHS adopted its current vision that states, “We are many, preparing each one to impact the most, for the benefit of all.” This vision statement clearly describes our school’s belief that success for each of our students is a collaborative effort among many stakeholders in the Broadway and Rockingham County community. Our greatest strength is that we are surrounded by teachers, students, staff members, parents, and community members who work tirelessly each and every day to ensure the success of our school.

Broadway High School has a proud history of accomplishments both in and out of the classroom. Our athletic programs continue our tradition of excellence not only in their accomplishments but in our focus on sportsmanship and developing student athletes that display the highest levels of character and scholarship. BHS is also very proud of having an extremely rich tradition of wonderful theatre, music, and arts program for our students. Our first VHSL State Championship in school history was earned by the 2013-2014 BHS One-Act Theatre team and their trophy is proudly displayed in our commons area.

Broadway High School is accredited by the Virginia Department of Education. Our School Improvement Model is unique to BHS and utilizes a combination of a clear mission and vision, collaboration among stakeholders, focused analysis of student achievement data, and ongoing focus groups that consistently monitor our progress of meeting our five school goals. These goals focus on very clear principles of improving our graduation rate, academic achievement, communication and collaboration, school climate, and total school ownership. Our administration prides itself on having an “open-door” policy, and we welcome your feedback on our progress towards these school goals.

On behalf of the Broadway High School Community, I invite you to come to the school and visit with us. We are extremely proud of the work by our students and staff, and we welcome your presence on our school campus. Thank you for your interest and support of Broadway High School. Go Gobblers!

Donna Abernathy – Principal
2015 - Present

Vision Statement:

We are many, preparing each one to impact the most, for the benefit of all.

Mission Statement:

We, the Broadway Gobblers,

with the support of each other,

are learning to be

curious explorers and fearless creators,

risk takers and problem solvers,

life-long learners and active collaborators,

kind neighbors and responsible citizens.

We respect each person.

We act to keep each other safe.

We each contribute to the success of the group through the accountability of the individual.

We understand that our work at Broadway High School equips us to impact the world.

BHS History

The first school in Broadway was a one-room frame building located where the current town office building is now located on Broadway Avenue. This school was constructed in the mid 1870s and was taught by C. E. Barglebaugh, who was eighteen years old at the time. After spending six years at Richmond College, Mr. Barglebaugh came back to Broadway and, in 1882, opened the first high school in Rockingham County outside of Harrisonburg. He taught at the school from 1882-1889. In the 1884 State Superintendent’s Report, the Broadway school is listed as having 3 teachers and 123 pupils with a five-month school term. During his tenure he solicited funds to enlarge the school and four rooms were added.

In 1907, the five-room frame building burned and was replaced by a brick structure, consisting of six rooms, a library, office and an auditorium seating 250 people. The new school cost $12,000. The auditorium was later fitted with folding partitions and was used for classrooms, as the building became crowded. Later, when not needed as an auditorium, it was made into permanent classrooms. In 1913, Broadway became an accredited high school with an enrollment of 18 pupils and one teacher, John C. Myers. In 1914, there were 200 pupils in both the grade and high school and about thirty of these pupils were transported to the school from the surrounding area, resulting in the closing of several small schools. There were four grade teachers and one high school teacher, John C. Myers, and one assistant at the high school.

In 1920 a new high school building was constructed on the south side of the original building and the school was divided into a high school building and a grade school building. In 1926 a dwelling was purchased from Newton Charlton and moved to the front lawn of the high school building. This structure was used to provide for a home economics department and provide housing for women teachers. Also in 1926, a gymnasium was built and the basement was used for the industrial arts and agriculture programs. When the new high school was built in 1952, the basement was converted into the school cafeteria. In 1934 a four-room addition was built to the high school building for a library, a science laboratory and a commercial department. The school continued as a combination grade and high school until 1952 when, as part of the consolidated high school program of the 1950s, a new Broadway High School was built west of town. The old high school buildings housed the elementary school until it was consolidated into Plains Elementary School in 1972. In 1976, the old building was used briefly to house the sixth grade while an addition was being built at John C. Myers Intermediate School. J. Frank Hillyard, who had been principal at Broadway since 1939, was named principal at the new Broadway High School, a position he held until his retirement in 1969. A classroom addition was made to the school in 1959 and an additional gymnasium and music facilities were added to the school in 1988. This school served as the high school until January of 1998 when a new high school building was opened on Springbrook Road.

The old Broadway High School is now J. Frank Hillyard Middle School. This school opened its doors in the fall of 1998.

Our school colors are green and white. Our nickname is “The Gobblers”.

Principals of Broadway High School

Lists principals from 1882 until 1952
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Community Partners and Helpers


269 Gobbler Drive

Broadway, VA 22815


From I-81, take Exit 257, Mauzy exit (If you are traveling NORTH on I 81, turn left at the top of the exit, go across the Interstate bridge and turn right at the light. If you are traveling SOUTH on I-81, turn right at the top of the exit ramp.) You will now be on Rt. 259. Travel on Rt. 259 north for 4.2 miles to the Broadway city limits. As soon as you enter the town of Broadway, take a left at the stop light onto Springbrook Road. Broadway High will be on your right in 1/4 mile.