RPS: A Mini History: Bits & Pieces

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.

Norrell (Albert V.) School 2120 Fendall Avenue

The name Albert V. Norrell was carried forward from the first Norrell School which then became an annex to the new school.

This sixteen-room school opened September 2, 1964, and was designed to absorb all pupils from old Norrell (except Junior Primary) through grade 6.

Norrell was built over a landfill. In December 1975, following detection of methane gas in the immediate area, the Norrell program was relocated to other buildings (Norrell Annex and Baker and later Chandler) until the methane problem was corrected prior to the 1977­78 session.

Enrollment: Sept. 1964 861
  1991-1992 480
Architect:   Wright, Jones & Wilkerson
Cost:   $606,991
Principals: 1964-1971 Kenneth E. Whitlock, Jr.
  1971-1978 Doris Allison Bradford
  1978-1988 William Henry Harris
  1988- Russell Grant Harris, Jr.
See:
Albert V. Norrell Annex
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