• 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.

Westover Hills School

  • 1211 Jahnke Road (Jahnke Road adjacent to Forest Hill Avenue)

    In its planning stages, this school was referred to as "Jahnke Road Primary," but was subsequently named for the community in which it is located. Westover Hills School was erected in 1954-55, as an annex to Patrick Henry, and operated under the same administration.

    In September 1961, on completion of a 14-room addition at Westover, the school was separated from Patrick Henry. Westover Hills operated as a middle school from 1971-79, housing Thompson's sixth grade in 1973-74 and the sixth grade from Bainbridge in 1974-75. It reverted to an elementary school in 1979.

    Westover was one of eight elementary schools to be renovated in 1980. An air conditioning project is under way in 1992.

    Westover Hills operates as a model elementary school with a theme of "communications and technology."

    Enrollment:
    Sept. 1961 658
    1977-1978 568 (middle school)
    1991-1992 573

    Architect:
    June 1954 Marcellus Wright & Son
    June 1960 Marcellus Wright & Son
    1980 Glave, Newman, Anderson

    Cost:
    June 1954 $257,331 
    June 1960 381,776
    1980 440,041
    1992 161,867

    Principals:
    1961-1971 Elizabeth-Ancell Crouch
    1971-1979 Algenon Lorenza Brown
    1979-1981 Thomas W. Nance, Jr.
    1981­ Lillian E. Greene

    See:
    Patrick Henry School