• 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.

Northside Junior High School

  • Northside Junior High School 201 East Brookland Park Boulevard (Brookland Park Boulevard between Lamb & Woodrow Avenues)

    No adequate junior high school existed until 1926, when the new building was occupied. It was located on two and one-half acres of ground and contained 39 classrooms, library, cafeteria, gymnasium, and 1,150-seat auditorium. The report of School Architect Charles M. Robinson for June 1927 includes a picture of the school. He wrote: "...it would be hard to change the design and better the appearance. I hope some day to see a group of statuary over the front entrance..., on a pedestal already provided, as a suggestion of the possibilities of Art in education-to recognize the possibilities of awakening art inspiration in the minds of the thousands of children who will attend this school during its economic life."

    Northside was soon overcrowded. A sight-saving class was opened in 1928. Additional land adjoining the school was purchased in the 1929-30 session.

    Although the name was changed to Chandler in 1930, to honor a former Superintendent of Richmond Public Schools, the original "Northside Junior High School" remains etched on the building.

    The Richmond School Board voted unanimously February 17, 2009 to close Chandler Middle School at the end of the 2008-2009 school year. The Northside Junior High School building now houses Richmond Community High School.

    1926-1927 1,021 (grades 6-IL)

    Charles M. Robinson


    1926-1930 C. C. Hancock

    Chandler (Junior High) Middle School