Ralph Sampson is the most celebrated athlete in Blue Streak history. Ralph was a member of three regional basketball championship teams and led the Streaks to state championships in 1978 and 1979. Ralph's honors at HHS are too numerous to mention individually, but include All-State, All-American, MVP in the state tournament, and selection to the U.S. Pan-American team.
As a Blue Streak, he set school records for career points (1669), rebounds (1229), blocked shots (475), single game points (50) and single game rebounds (34). In 1979, Ralph's #50 jersey was retired by Harrisonburg High School. As the nation's top-rated high school player, Ralph was the subject of an intense recruiting campaign by the top-rated college programs. He selected the University of Virginia and went on to star there for four years. He led the Cavaliers to the National Invitational Championship in 1981 and three NCAA tournament appearances, including a trip to the Final Four.