Good old Victoria High School is still flourishing in the hearts and memories of those who trod its hallowed halls for over half a century.
The school was led by eleven principals, beginning with C. E. Koonz and ending with R. C"VICTORIA HIGH SCHOOL - VHS Good old Victoria High School is still flourishing in the hearts and memories of those who trod its hallowed halls for over half a century.
The school was led by eleven principals, beginning with C. E. Koonz and ending with R. C. Elkins who filled in during the last half of the final year so that Principal J. W. Thweatt could move on to Lunenburg's new consolidated high school.
①VHS began as a single, two-story brick structure in 1922 that outgrew its capacity as enrollment increased after World War One (WW1). ② In 1928, the campus acquired a second large brick building -- the white-columned one still standing at 8th Street and Lee Avenue that most think of as the Victoria High School.
③ It is to this (renovated) building that hundreds of alumni flock every spring for a grand reunion. Former students, teachers, and staff get together, reminisce, and share precious little pieces of days gone by. The beloved old school survived the wrecking ball several years ago thanks to the Town of Victoria and the VHS Preservation Foundation. Victoria High School continues to undergo renovations which are giving it new life. It is now listed on both the state and national registers of historic places (click for link)-- enduring in body and spirit as a monument to those it served.
This wonderfully written and historically accurate tribute to our beloved VHS was contributed by Jane Gatling Atkinson, class of '62. And, because of her superb writing skills, and exceptional historical knowledge of VHS and our town of Victoria, Virginia, I have appointed her as our Web Site Historian.
John Underwood Class of 1958