• 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.

Francis (J.L.) School

  • 5146 Snead Road

    Chesterfield County renamed the school to honor James Langhorne Francis, principal of G. H. Reid School at the time of his death in 1968. Mr. Francis had chaired the specifications committee that influenced the design and building of Reams Road and Snead Road schools.

    Under Plan III, Francis was paired with Fairmount.

    In 1980, Francis was one of eight elementary school renovation projects.


    1970-1971 607
     1991-1992 536
    Carneal & Johnston
    1980 Renovation Kenneth Weimer
    1980 Renovation $98,000
    1970-1971 Jefferson Lee Pemberton
    1971-1979 Harvey O'Neil Freeman
    1979-1985 John Edward Dillard
    1985-1988 Edward B. Andrews
    1988­ Hellmut H. Herdey