• 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.

Moore (Moore Street) School

  • 1113 West Moore Street

    In 1886-87, a sixteen-classroom, two-story brick school was built "to afford accommodation for the out1yin& schools in the neighborhood of Brook avenue." The school fronted on Moore Street; hence the name Moore School or, more often, Moore Street School. This building, one of seven schools built between 1887-1898, is said to be the only one retaining much of the original "interior and exterior character," and has been described as one of the best examples of the period, still publicly owned. A former principal noted that there were no "modem conveniences" in this Victorian structure.

    In 1908-09, Baker pupils were housed at Moore on the afternoon shift. Due to the westward growth of the city, a ten-classroom annex (with auditorium and basement cafeteria) was occupied in 1916. Additional playground space was secured in 1922-23 and again in 1929-30. A modem building fronting on Leigh Street was added in 1951; at that time, the two earlier buildings were renovated and the school's name was changed to George Washington Carver.

    The enrollment of Moore (Carver) School has varied considerably. At different times when those schools were closed, it absorbed pupils from Newtown, Elba, and Westwood schools; for many years it also housed seventh grade pupils from Randolph School. On the other hand, enrollment declined at Moore (Carver) when houses were razed to make room for the Richmond Petersburg Turnpike and the accompanying rehabilitation program. A lip-reading class was established at Moore in 1941-42.

    Enrollment:
    1910-1911 417
    1887-1888 947
    1915-1916 857
    1921-1922 1,390
    1950-1951 865

    Architect:
    1916 Addition Charles M. Robinson

    Cost:
    1916 Addition Approximately $30,000

    Principals:
    1886-1900 Edgar M. Garnett (Superintendent 1882-86)
    1900-1901 Dana H. Rucker
    1901-1938 Hubbard G. Carlton
    1938-1951 Oscar Albert Morton

    See:
    Carver School