• 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.

Mathematics & Science Center

  • The Mathematics & Science Center is the oldest Title III project funded under the ESEA (Elementary & Secondary Education Act) still in full operation in the state and the only one in the country continually funded locally since 1969 by the collaborating school divisions. Richmond serves as the administrative agent for the consortium which is operated by the counties of Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, and Powhatan and Richmond City. 

    In 1969, when the Center reverted back to School Board direction, a policymaking board was formed. Traditionally, it has consisted of the school superintendent and one school board member from each participating division.

    The mission of the Center is to provide innovative approaches to mathematics, science, and technology education, focusing on four areas: enrichment education at the Center and in the schools during regular school hours; extended-week programs for students with high interest in mathematics and science; inservice education; and information/advisory services.

    In November 1990, the Center opened the nation's fifth Challenger Center, a state­of-the-art space science teaching module made possible by a gift from Signet Bank and a space education grant from the Virginia General Assembly. The Mathematics and Science Center Foundation has also obtained donations of an aqua van from the Morgan Foundation and an aqua lab and pond from DuPont.

    Since its inception in 1966, the Center has operated from several locations:

    1966-1970 John Marshall High School - 4225 Old Brook Road
    1970-1979 Virginia Randolph Education Center (Henrico) - 2200 Mountain Road
    1979- Central Gardens Elementary School (Henrico) - 2401 Hartman Street

    1966-1970 Robert C. Haynes, Sr.
    1970-1983 (Jan.) Roland Wesley Batten (Acting 1970-71)
    1983-1991 Elizabeth M. Waring (Acting Jan-June 1983)
    1991­ Julia Cothron