John Tyler School

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John Tyler Elementary School was the first school to be built under the "School Building Program" adopted by the School Board, on Apr. 28, 1947. The school derived its name from its location in the newly named Tyler Ward. The new two-story brick and stone school was built on a six and one-half acre site along Hartford St., between Glenshella and River Park. The 320 pupils to enter the new building in September, 1949, came from Westhaven, Port Norfolk and Barlow Place  [and Waterview, because Waterview was recently annexed from the county]. My mother, Charlotte Mathews Hopewell, was principal from 1968 to 1979 when she retired at the age of 65. [Chart below is in error.]

The Waterview Canasta Club attended John Tyler for the 7th grade and entered with the first classes in 1949. Our teacher was Mrs. Lillian Smith.

See the school's web page at http://pps.k12.va.us/~jtes/frontpage.html for more information.

John Tyler Principals

 Mr. Bacon Page Pettus

 1949-1958

Mr. J. Reginald Carter

 1958-1967

 Mr. Cornelius E. Hohman

 1967-1970

 Mrs. Charlotte Hopewell

 1970-1980

Mr. James H. Holleran

 1980-1986

Mr. Donald R. Williams

 1986-1987

Mrs. Gloria P. Gowings

 1987-1989

Mrs. Eunice G. Southall

 1989-1993

Mr. William H. Slate

 1993-1994

Mr. William J. Wiseman

 1994-Present

 


This page last edited: June 25, 2008 Copyright 2006 by Lynn Hopewell.