• 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.

Summer Hill School

  • 2717 Alexander Avenue (Courthouse Road & Alexander Avenue)

    Summer Hill School, acquired from Chesterfield County by the annexation of 1942, was named for the community in which it is located.

    The original 1919 building was a four-room school with a half-basement; in 1937, Chesterfield County built a brick addition with classrooms and auditorium. After annexation, a cafeteria and six primary grade classrooms were added (1951). In 1984, the general office area was renovated and a classroom addition was built.

    Under Plan III, Summer Hill was paired with Chimborazo.

    Ruffin Road School operates under the Summer Hill administration.

    Enrollment:
    1942-1943 250
    1954-1955 499
    1991-1992 428

    Architect:
    1951 Merrill C. Lee

    Cost:
    1951 $282,898
    1984 1,067,287

    Principals:
    1942 Jan.-June Ada F. Criddle
    1942-1946 J. T. Walker
    1946-1953 Oscar Willard Fary, Jr.
    1953-1957 John Benedict Madden (Acting 1953-54)
    1957-1966 Jack P. Thomas
    1966-1977 Arthur Edward Ooghe, Jr.
    1977-1980 John Roderick Clarke
    1980-1991 Fred Thomas Stokes
    1991­ Audrey K. Hawkes