Introduction

  • Much of the history of the Richmond Public Schools was recorded in the context of a segregated society, and the reader should readily discern between pre- and post-desegregation observations. The terms "black", "colored", "Negro", and "white" in this booklet should not be considered offensive as they have been used according to the custom of the particular period. Since 1962, the division has omitted such racial designations from its reports and publications.

    Introduction

    Origin of the school and its name
    Student enrollment
    Building cost and architect
    Roster of principals
    Some of the information was found to be vague, incomplete, and at times contradictory (particularly in reference to the early years of the schools). A diligent effort was made in 1992 to eliminate inconsistencies. Further revision and refinement is needed to bring these pages up to date. The 1992 expansion of the original sketches provides a chronological review of the Richmond Public Schools. The primary sources of information have been the superintendents' annual reports and the school board Minutes. Other references included:

    Margaret Meagher's Education in Richmond
    Hubbard Carlton's The Evolution of the Richmond Public Schools with Reminiscences
    Rebekah Sharp's History of the Richmond Public Schools
    Julia Cuthbert Pollard's Richmond's Story
    J. M. Yankovich's John Marshall High School: "The People's University," 1910
    Elwood Street's Richmond's Home Fires
    Alma Farrar Lucas's History of Woodville Elementary Public Schools
    A special word of thanks goes to Mellwood Ergens, of the Plant Services Planning staff, who provided data on building construction and renovation projects.

    Much of the history of the Richmond Public Schools was recorded in the context of a segregated society, and the reader should readily discern between pre- and post-desegregation observations. The terms "black," "colored," "Negro," and "white" in this booklet should not be considered offensive as they have been used according to the custom of the particular period. Since 1962, the division has omitted such racial designations from its reports and publications.