Winchester City School Collection

Stewart Bell Jr. Archives Room
Handley Regional Library
Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society

581 THL 

Inventory created by Archives Staff 03/87. Last revised 08/17.

ACCESS RESTRICTIONS: Collection is open to all researchers. 

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EXTENT:  12.49 linear feet 

CREATOR: Winchester Public Schools. 

DATES: 1871-2010 

SCOPE AND CONTENT: This collection includes materials related to the Winchester, Virginia (USA) school system and individual schools within the city limits, covering 1871 to the present. The collection includes minutes of school board and committee meetings, reports, publicity and newsletters, and describe the history and growth of Winchester City Schools. The appendix to the collection inventory provides a list of schools and colleges, both public and private, which were established in Winchester over the course of the City’s history. 

BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL: The Winchester City school division began in 1919 when Winchester became a separate district from Frederick County, Virginia. The City hired Frederick E. Clerk as the first superintendent. As of 2017 the Winchester Public School system includes four elementary schools, one intermediate school, one middle school, and one high school.

RELATED MATERIAL: See also Winchester High School Records (670 WFCHS), John Handley High School Records (145 WFCHS/THL), and Garland R. Quarles Elementary School Records (630 THL).

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Garland R. Quarles, The Schools of Winchester, Virginia (Winchester, Virginia: Farmers and Merchants National Bank, 1964). 

CITE AS: Winchester City School Records #581, Stewart Bell Jr. Archives, Handley Regional Library, Winchester, VA, USA. 

ACQUISITION INFORMATION:  Acquired as a gift. 

ORGANIZATION:

BOX 1 - Schools 

School Board/School System – News Articles 

Daniel Morgan Middle School – School dedication cafeteria/classroom. October, 1995, 6 items, printed 

Daniel Morgan Middle School – First Harvest, 1988, Daniel Morgan Literary Magazine, 16 pages, typescript 

Douglas Community Center 

Douglas School 

Dowell J. Howard Vocational –Technical Center – class bulletin, 1993-1994, 1 item, printed 

Dowell J. Howard Vocational School Dedication and Open House (April 1972) – 2 items, 9 pages, printed 

Faculty 

Frederick Douglass Elementary School 

John Handley High School 

John Kerr Elementary School, closed 2016 

John Kerr School, opened 2016 

John Kerr School 

Virginia Avenue Charlotte DeHart Elementary School – School dedication October, 1995, 8 items, printed 

Virginia Avenue Elementary School Yearbook 1993, includes history 1930-1993, 16 pages, printed 

Winchester High School 

Winchester Intermediate School 

Winchester Public School – Mid-Winter, 1911 

BOX 1A 

Contract – Frederick E. Clerk, Superintendent of Schools, May 19, 1919, 1 leaf, typescript

Contract with teacher Mary Elise Morris, January 25, 1921 

Excerpts from the School Board minutes relating to Frederick Douglas School (education of black children), unnumbered leaves, manuscript/typescript/printed 

Finley, Floyd—Dedication of Tree, Douglas Community Center 2003; 12 leaves, printed and printed photographs 

“Focus on Education” – newsletter, 1980-1988, 13 issues, printed 

“Focus on Education” – 1993-1995, 10 issues, printed 

Handbook – Rules and Regulations, c. 1900, 8 pages, printed (photocopy) 

A Handbook of the Winchester Schools, n. d., 1 item, 16 pages, printed 

Handbook of the Winchester Schools, 1993, 1 item, 24 pages, printed 

Handley, John – Biographical Sketch, no author, no date, 2 items, 4 pages,  printed 

Paycheck – Beulah Cline, 1898, 1 item, framed, manuscript on printed form 

Programs, 2 leaves, printed 

“Psychological and Educational tests in the Public Schools of Winchester, Virginia” January, 1922, University of Virginia Record, Volume 6, No. 6, 2 items, 54 pages, printed 

Technical Preparation curriculum, 9-12, August, 1994, 14 items, typescript 

Winchester Community Television, 4 items, 4 pages, 3 pages, printed; 1 item, typescript

Winchester Public Schools Credo, n. d., 1 item, printed 

BOX 2 Winchester City School Board 

Winchester City School Board – minutes

1871-1889, 1 item, manuscript

1889-1910, 1 item, manuscript 

BOX 3            

Winchester City School Board – minutes, 1910-1919, 1 item, manuscript/typescript/printed 

BOX 4 

Winchester City School Board – minutes, 1919-1928, 1 item, manuscript/typescript/printed 

BOX 5            

Winchester City School Board – minutes, 1929-1938, 1 item, typescript 

BOX 6 

Winchester City School Board – minutes, 1938-1951, 1 item, typescript 

BOX 7 

Winchester City School Broad – minutes, 1 item, 1952-1963, 1 item. typescript 

BOX 8 

Winchester City School Board – minutes, 1 item, Jan. 20, 1964-June 27, 1974 

BOX 9 

Winchester City School Board – minutes, July, 1974-July, 1985 

BOX 10 

Winchester City School Board – minutes, July 29, 1985-June 28, 1991, 1 item, typescript 

BOX 11 

Winchester City School Board – minutes, June 17, 1989-June 28, 1991, 1 item, typescript 

BOX 12 

Winchester City School Board – minutes, July 1, 1991-December 21, 1992 

BOX 13 

Winchester City School Board – minutes, January 25, 1993-September 20, 1993 

BOX 14 

Winchester City School Board – minutes, October 18, 1993-June 20, 1994 

BOX 15 

Winchester City School Board – minutes, July 7, 1994-April 19, 1995 

BOX 16 

Winchester City School Board – minutes, May 15, 1995-June 16, 1997 

BOX 17 

Winchester City School Board – minutes, July 2, 1997-February 27, 1998, unnumbered leaves, typescript 

BOX 17A 

Winchester City School Board – minutes, March 16, 1998-February 22, 2000, unnumbered leaves, typescript 

BOX 18

Proposed opening budget, 2000-2002

Amended operating budget, 2001-2002, 2 item, typescript 

BOX 19 

Winchester City School Board – minutes, March 2000-April, 2001 

BOX 19A 

Winchester City School Board – minutes, May, 7, 2001 – October, 2001 

BOX 20 

Winchester City School Board – minutes, November, 2002 – May, 2002 

BOX 21 

Winchester City School Board – minutes, June, 2002-December, 2002, typescript 

BOX 21a

Winchester Public Schools School Board – minutes, July 1, 2002-December 15, 2003, 1 item, bound, typescript 

BOX 22 

Winchester City School Board – minutes, January, 2003-May, 2003, 1 item, typescript 

BOX 23 

Winchester City School Board – minutes, June, 2003-December, 2003, 11 items, typescript 

BOX 24 

Winchester City School Board – minutes, January, 2004-July 1, 2004 

BOX 24a

Winchester Public Schools Board – minutes, January 5, 2004-December 19, 2005, 1 item, bound, typescript 

BOX 25 

Winchester City School Board – minutes, July 12, 2004-March 3, 2005 

BOX 26 

Winchester City School Board – minutes, March 21, 2005-October 3, 2005 

BOX 27 

Winchester City School Board – minutes, October 17, 2005-August 21, 2006 

BOX 28 

Winchester City School Board – minutes, September 18, 2006-June 18, 2007 

BOX 29 

Winchester City School Board – minutes, June 4, 2007-April 21, 2008 

BOX 30

Winchester City School Board –minutes, May 19, 2008-May 4, 2009

BOX 31

Winchester City School Board – minutes, June 1, 2009-December 7, 2009

BOX 32

Winchester Public School Board – minutes, January 11, 2010-December 13, 2010, 16 items, bound, typescript.

 

 

Appendix

Winchester, VA Schools

 

Source: Garland Quarles, Winchester, Virginia: Streets, Churches, Schools (Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society, Winchester, VA, 1996).

 

School

Date Established

Date Closed

Address

Notes

Ambler Hill Seminary

1851

 

South side of Amherst between Washington and Stewart Streets

Private

Andrew Kilpatrick’s School

1838

 

 

Private

Broaddus College

1874

1876

East end of Cork Street

Private Moved to

Clarksburg, WVA in 1876

Charles O’Neil, Winchester Seminary of

 

 

Location unknown

Private

Charlotte Dehart Elementary School

 

 

 

Public

Daniel Morgan Middle School

1974

 

48 South Purcell Ave

Winchester, VA

Public

Douglas School

1922

 

 

Public Handley fund

provided the money

 for the school

Dowell J. Howell Vocational-Technical Center

 

 

156 Dowell J. Circle

Public Adult Education

Dunbar Female Institut

1869

1872

Fort Loudoun School property

Private

Eli Beall’s School

Early 1800s

 

Loudoun Street

 

Episcopal Female Institute

1874

1909

Southwest corner of Braddock and Piccadilly Streets, and west side of the Braddock St James Wood Addition

 

Fairfax Hall

1869

1902

112 S. Cameron St

Moved to Winchester Inn,

 South Stewart Street

 in 1902, closed later

that year

Felix Kirk’s School

1787

 

 

 

Fort Loudoun Seminary

1905

1925

Southern section and middle section of Fort Loudoun building

 

Original Handley School

1923

 

 

Pubic

Handley High School

 

 

 

Public, Only privately

endowed public school in

Virginia, and one of the

 few in the country

J. H. Jones School

1877

 

 

 

James I. and Miss Randolph’sSchool

1838

 

 

 

Original John Kerr School

1884

 

Southwest corner of South Cameron and East Cork Street

Public, First publicly

owned school in Winchester, VA, cornerstone laid in 1883

Jonathan Foster, The School of

1812

 

Northwest corner of Loudoun and Cork Streets

Rear of building used to

publish The Constellation,

 the third newspaper

 published in Winchester

Long’s School

 

 

Northwest corner of Amherst and Washington Streets

 

Loudoun St Presbyterian Church

 

1856

 

Located in church basement

 

Lucinda Morrow’s School

 

 

Indian Alley and Boscawen Streets (in Bell Building)

 

Marie Smith’s School

1788

 

 

Needlework instruction

Miss Eliza Baker’s School

1828

 

Loudoun Street

 

Miss Hayworth’s School

1788

 

 

 

Miss Jennie Sherrard’s School

 

1904

226 Amherst St.

 

Miss Margaret Dame’s School

 

 

Christ Episcopal Church Chapel

No longer standing

Miss Nellie Diffenderfer’s School

 

 

500 S. Braddock Street

 

Miss Virginia Kremer’s School

 

 

Northeast corner of Cecil and Loudoun Streets

 

Mr. and Mrs. Charles L. Powell’s Female Seminary

1856

1861

Corner of Amherst and Braddock Streets

General Robert E. Lee’s

 daughter Mildred attended

 this school

Mr. Caldwell’s School

 

 

Corner of Cameron and Piccadilly Streets

 

Mr. Darlington School

1810

 

19-23 N. Braddock St.

 

Mr. Joseph Cooley’s School

1700

 

At Hollenbeck Hotel at corner of Main and Gerrard Streets

 

Mrs. Scott’s School

1820s

 

Conrad house on Cameron Street

 

Pembroke School for Boys

1866

1870

Fort Hill property

 

Quarles School

1955

 

 

Public

Robert Sedwick’s School

1820

 

Rear of People’s Drug Store Building (Bell Building) next to Indian Alley

 

Shenandoah Valley Academy

1865

1940

Lee St. and Stonewall Ave

Located at Aspen Hill

Stephen F. Smith’s School

1838

 

 

Day and night school

Tucker Law School

1824

1856

West side of Cameron St on Christian Streit property

 

Valley College

1886

1901

Reopened at Fort Loudoun building

 

Valley Female College

1874

1882

 

Operated by a corporation

Valley Female Institute

1854

1860

112 S. Cameron St.

Used as hospital during the

 Civil War, called

York Hospital

Valley Female Seminary

1868

1874

 

 

Virginia College

1856

1860

 

 

Virginia Ave. School

1931

1993

 

Public: Handley funded

 price for site

Winchester Academy

1786

 

109 S. Cameron Street

 

Winchester Female Academy

1837

1855

Corner of Loudoun and Peyton Streets

 

Winchester Female Institute

1871

 

Northwest corner of Cork and Loudoun Streets

 

Winchester Female Seminary

1856

1858

Corner of Loudoun and Peyton Streets

 

Winchester High School

1853

1856

 

 

Winchester Institute

1841

1846

Northwest corner of Braddock and Amherst Streets

Emphasized foreign

 languages

Winchester Medical College

1826

1862

Northwest corner of Stewart and Boscawen Streets

Closed in 1829, but

reopened in 1847,

burned by the Union army

in 1862 by order of General Nathanial Banks

Winchester Seminary

1850

1875

Northwest corner of Braddock and Amherst Streets