• 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.

Thompson (Fred D.) (Intermediate) Middle School

  • 7825 Forest Hill Avenue

    In 1973-74, the sixth grade was housed at Westover. The following year, Thompson had grades 6-8 and the ninth grade from the Huguenot area. An open enrollment component was established at Thompson in 1986.

    Thompson was awarded "Vanguard" middle school status by the State Department of Education in 1989, in recognition of its innovative approaches to program design and instruction.

    As a model middle school, Thompson operates with a theme of "accelerated academics"; students in the accelerated program take at least one and as many as four high school courses while completing the middle school grades.

    Enrollment:
    1970-1971 1,031
    1991-1992 1,044

    Principals:
    1970-1971 Thomas A. Applewhite, Jr.
    1971-1972 Earl Biddle Nall
    1972-1985 Willie Loviet Carr
    1985 Kenneth Michael Geiger

    See:
    Armstrong High School