• Note: 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.

(Grace) Arents School

  • 600 South Pine Street
    (Corner Pine & China Streets)

    When Grace Arents opened in September 1911, it housed Madison students until their new building was ready for occupancy I December 1912. Arents operated with kindergarten-grade 5. Beginning in 1928, it was a demonstration and observation school for the kindergarten primary department of the school system. Later, as the school became crowded, the fifth grade was transferred to Madison.

    Arents was discontinued as an elementary school in 1970. It became a learning center in 1970-71, and thereafter was a special education school until 1989, when the L.D. students were transferred to Robert E. Lee School.

    Since 1989, the building has housed the Open High School program.


    1912-1913 423
    1969-1970 193 (final elementary)


    1985 Charles M. Robinson, DePasquale & Associates


    1985 $34,175 87,905


    1912-1913 Charles A. Taylor
    1943-1917 George E. Bennett
    1917-1940 Lucille Harrison (Acting 1917-19)
    1940-1947 Jessie P. Haynes
    1947-1949 George Warren Morris
    1949-1969 Nellie Celeste Jones
    1969-1971 Ellen Frye Curry
    1971-1973 Barbara P. Guyer
    1973-1989 Patrick eo Gendron (Acting 1973-74)