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.
Boushall (Thomas C.) Middle School
3400 Hopkins Road
(Walmsley Boulevard & Hopkins Road)
Named for Thomas C. Boushall, a member of the School Board from 1946-54 (Vice Chairman 1950-54) and founder of the Morris Plan Bank (forerunner of Signet). Mr. Boushall also served on the State Board of Education, was instrumental in founding WCVE-TV, and is credited with pioneering the Adopt-A-School program in Richmond. He served as a member of the Education Committee of the United States Chamber of Commerce and was credited with contributing greatly to the Chamber's 1954 publication, Education--An Investment in People. Since 1986, Signet has awarded annually a $4,000 Thomas C. Boushall Scholarship to a Richmond high school senior. Signet Bank presented a portrait of Mr. Boushall to the school in February 1992; Mr. Boushall died in May 1992 at the age of 98.
Prior to 1983, City Council appropriated funds four times for a middle school on the South Side. Bonds were sold in 1971, 1979, and 1981; $7 million of the $7.8 million bond sales was transferred to other City projects. The original location was in the vicinity of George Wythe (1961-62), later planned for Jahnke & Blakemore Roads (1980). In 1983, City Council appropriated funds for the construction of Boushall Middle School at Walmsley Boulevard & Hopkins Road.
A ground-breaking ceremony was held on May 15, 1985; the school was dedicated on November 16, 1986. When it opened in 1986, Boushall was the first new building in the system since Overby-Sheppard was built in 1977. The two-story brick masonry structure includes a centrally located media center, a cafeteria, and provisions for handicapped students.
In 1989, Boushall was awarded "Vanguard" middle school status by the State Department of Education, in recognition of its innovative approaches to program design and instruction. Boushall also operates as a model middle school.
1991-1992 - 854
Marcellus Wright, Cox & Smith
1986-1992 - Willie Loviet Carr
1992 - Frank William Butts