Award Year: 2014

Galileo Magnet High School

230 South Ridge Street
Danville, VA, 24541-1316

(434) 773-8186

Mr. William J. Lancaster III, Principal at time of Nomination

Magnet School, Choice School

Danville City Public Schools

School Website


Galileo Magnet High School will provide to all students a balanced, diverse, and challenging educational experience that emphasizes individual responsibility in a global society.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 43%
  • White: 49%
  • Hispanic: 7%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
AP Environmental Science students conduct an ecological diversity sampling.

AP Environmental Science students conduct an ecological diversity sampling.

Established in the fall of 2002, Galileo Magnet High School opened in a former vacated department store building in the downtown area. This scene was indicative of the hard times Danville faced as it transitioned from its past as a tobacco and textile town to competing in the global 21st century economy.

Galileo’s motto, "Global Competition Starts Here," expresses both the school’s and city’s response to this challenge. The school encourages students to take ownership for their learning because they are not only competing for admission to both competitive academic institutions and future careers with students in neighboring divisions and states, but with international students.

The results achieved by the outstanding faculty are evidenced by numerous awards and most recently, the VIP Excellence Award from the Virginia State Board of Education. The school offers classes in the International Baccalaureate Programme, Advanced Placement, Regional Governor’s School, Regional Academy for Engineering and Technology and dual enrollment courses through the local community college. Students also have the opportunity to complete one of three strands in Biotechnology, Publications, or Communications and Networking which allows students to explore more closely a chosen field.

Galileo has a strong history of service and excellence outside of the classroom as well. Students serve on local political advisory boards, volunteer for various organizations and are active in numerous school clubs. They compete, both athletically and academically, through the Virginia High School League and have qualified for regional competition in Forensics, Theatre, and Cross-Country.