About BHS

Fighting gobbler mascot

Welcome to Broadway High School!

On behalf of the Broadway High School faculty and staff, I thank you for visiting our school’s website.  In 2023 we adopted the following vision and mission statements:


 Striving to improve ourselves. Striving to improve our community.


We are Broadway…

*We are learners because we explore and question.

*We are performers from our stages to our fields.

*We are a community because we respect and celebrate.

*We are diverse from our roots to our dreams.

*We are stewards because we plant and protect.

*We are leaders from our accountability to our courage.

We are the future…We are Gobblers!

These statements reflect our belief that our student’s success is a school and community collaboration which benefits many stakeholders.   Our community and stakeholders are our greatest strength.   We have teachers, students, staff members, community members, and many other individuals who work 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.  Broadway High School is currently accredited by the Virginia Department of Education.

On behalf of Broadway High School, I invite you to come to the school and visit with us. We are extremely proud of our students and staff, and we always welcome collaboration with our community supporters. Go Gobblers!


Dan Sanders – Principal

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Sweet Amy's photography five students acting in play

Vision Statement:

Striving to improve ourselves. Striving to improve our community.

Mission Statement:

We are Broadway…

*We are learners because we explore and question.

*We are performers from our stages to our fields.

*We are a community because we respect and celebrate.

*We are diverse from our roots to our dreams.

*We are stewards because we plant and protect.

*We are leaders from our accountability to our courage.

We are the future…We are Gobblers!

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

1882-1889 (7 sessions)

C.E. Barglebaugh


William DeBell


John DeBell


P.O. Lipscomb


Thomas J. O'Neill

1893-1897 (4 sessions)

W.S. Flory

1897-1899 (2 sessions)

Daniel Hayes


Mr. Carr


J.M. McClung

1901-1904 (3 sessions)

B.M. Hedrick

1904-1908 (4 sessions)

W.A. Myers


E.M. Hyde


A.T. Powell


I.I. Triplett, Jr.

1911-1913 (2 sessions)

J.M. Schuler

1913-1917 (4 sessions)

John C. Myers

1917-1919 (2 sessions)

Ward B. Miller


L.C. Fultz


W.A. Flick

1921-1924 (3 sessions)

H.E. Wakeman

1924-1939 (15 sessions)

R.B. Strickler

1939-1952 (13 sessions)

J. Frank Hillyard

New School Constructed (now J. Frank Hillyard Middle School)

1952-1969 (17 sessions)

J. Frank Hillyard

1969-1978 (9 sessions)

James W. Moyers, Jr.

1978-1987 (9 sessions)

James Gresham

1987-1990 (3 sessions)

John H. Kidd

1990-1997 (7 sessions)

Delmer Botkin

Current School Constructed (Springbrook Road)

1997 - 1999 (2 sessions)

Michael Loso

1999- 2012

Stephen Leaman

2012 - 2013

Seth Muraskin

2013 - 2015

Bryan Huber

2015 - 2023

Donna Abernathy


Dan Sanders

Community Partners and Helpers

Big Valley Law
Blue Ribbon Nursery
Lions Club
State Farm - Robert Teague
Southern Scapes
Petal Pushers
Trumbo Electric, Inc.
Valley Lawn Service


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.

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