• 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.

(Arthur) Ashe (Jr.) Athletic Center

  • 3017 North Boulevard
    (Parker Field)

    The Ashe Center was dedicated on November 18, 1982. In lieu of a citywide gymnasium facility previously proposed to be located at a high school site, the Ashe Center was built to provide a central location for sports events for secondary school students. According to the architect, it can seat 6,000 for basketball games; by using part of the playing floor, seating can be increased by 500-1,000; when the seats are rolled back to accommodate the indoor track, seating is decreased to about 2,000. The design encourages energy conserving ideas ,such as earth berms.

    The multi-purpose facility also serves the greater community as a site for conventions, cultural, and non-public school sporting events.

    Since 1989, the City has operated the Ashe Center.

    Architect: Moseley-Hening Associates
    Cost: $3,669,482