This article ("Growing Tobacco, and Controversy," 6/25/04) from the Washington Post includes the following:
"The kids in Damascus, a small town deep in Southwest Virginia, a few miles from the Tennessee border, have been growing tobacco since at least the 1960s, when the Washington County School District bought land for Holston High School. Holston and another Washington County school, Abingdon High, are the only high schools in Virginia that grow tobacco, the USDA said. They produced more than 4,900 pounds last year. But recently county and school administrators have started considering alternative crops because of a decline in the region's tobacco industry and because of concerns about the propriety of school tobacco farms. "