• 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.

Thorpe (George) School

  • 200 Wickham Street (Corner Wickham Street & Miller Avenue)

    This school was originally known as Barton Heights, having been acquired from Henrico County by the annexation of 1914. In 1922, it was renamed for George Thorpe, a counselor to King James I of England, who came to Virginia (1619) to found a school for Indians. He was killed in the Indian Massacre of 1622.

    In September 1950, the white pupils were transferred to Stuart School. This building became a Negro school and was renamed Albert V. Norrell School. (Since 1964, it has been designated as Norrell Annex.) A 1977 fire destroyed the 1906 building which fronted on Wickham Street.

    Enrollment:
    1923-1924 424
    1930-1931 315
    1946-1947 173
    June 1950 165 (final)

    Principals:
    1922-1926 Jack Marye Davis
    1926-1935 Leslie Eley Bush
    1935-1938 Charlotte D. Wray
    1938-1942 Florence Minor Lohmann
    1942-1945 Ira O. Beaty
    1945-1950 Helen Cabell Phillips

    See:
    Barton Heights School
    Albert V. Norrell Annex