Winchester High School Records

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

Winchester High School Records, 670 WFCHS

SCOPE AND CONTENT: The collection includes diplomas, broadsides, commencement programs, and report card of Winchester High School, which was located in the John Kerr Public School building and operated from 1884 ? 1919.
(1 box) Last updated 05/12.

BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL: Thanks to the generous provision in the will of Winchester resident John Kerr, Winchester, Virginia was able to begin providing free public education for its residents. The cornerstone for the new school building, at the southwest corner of Boscawen and Cameron Streets, was laid in 1883. Located in what became known as the John Kerr building in 1895, the Winchester High School began classes there a year after the cornerstone was laid. The school operated until 1919 when the high school was moved to John Handley High School. Captain John Crawford Van Fossen, a veteran of the 14th Virginia Cavalry, was the principal of the high school until his death in 1904. Van Fossen was the only educator in Winchester history to organize a public school and serve as its principal until his death.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: "The John Kerr Public School", by Garland Quarles, The Winchester Star, September 23, 1983

Cite As: Winchester High School Records 670, Stewart Bell Jr. Archives, Handley Regional Library, Winchester, VA, USA.



Winchester High School, folder contains: Report Card of George Good, 1917-1918
Commencement Exercise Program, Class of

Commencement Exercise Program, Class of
News Clippings, unnumbered leaves

Broadside for Free Night School, 1920

Diploma of Rena Frye, 1895

Diploma of Ruth Teresa Haines, 1920