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A piece by Chris Suarez on RVA Open Source tells a bit of the history of Kennedy High School and Armstrong High School, and has the details on a historical marker planned to commemorate Kennedy HS:
Established in 1968, JFK opened as a state-of-the-art school facility for the East End’s various neighborhoods including – but not limited to – several housing projects. Located at 2300 Cool Lane, Kennedy was built within a mile of Armstrong High School.
“In my heart, it’s still the landmark high school in the city of Richmond.” said former Kennedy faculty member, Pernell Taylor, “I’ve been to a lot of high schools throughout Virginia and it ranks with the best. I’m so proud to have been a part of it.”
A former basketball, track and football coach and physical education teacher at JFK Kennedy for 30 years, Taylor says he was one of the original teachers offered a position at the new Kennedy school which included two gymnasiums, an auditorium with a balcony, a greenhouse and air conditioning (an unprecedented luxury at the time for most Richmond Public Schools).
“I think it’s critical we don’t lose this history,” said 7th District School Board Representative and Chairman Donald Coleman. “I know it’ll bring joy to a lot of people who believe they lost something. Kennedy is a significant part of Richmond history. It was part of a critical transition period for Richmond Public Schools and African-American people.”
Keep up with the inaugural new Armstrong Cycling Team though Richmond Cycling Corps Facebook page.
Roanoke Bound: Lavone and Antonio are heading up the varsity charge tomorrow in Roanoke…race 2 in the VA High School MTB Series. Intervals on Tuesday, 21 miles of mountain biking Wednesday, and a solid 13 miles with race prep yesterday (pic below). We leave today for our first away-race…we’re about 3 years ahead of competitive-schedule with these two young men…give it up Richmond!
Big Day yesterday for Armstrong Cycling Team at their first race! Our 3 men’s Varsity crew hung in there, and were competitive through the grueling 16 mile mountain bike race. Our women’s team competed in the JV race, with 3 girls making the top 5…Jasmine Walker took 3rd! Photos are coming soon. Next race…Roanoke!
1st Armstrong High Cycling Team meeting was today: 8 new students showed up…5 of which were women! We’ve certainly got our work cut out for us, but we’ve never been a group to shy from a challenge. Making history…again…Let’s Go!
The September 26-28 issue of the Richmond Free Press has a great profile of Armstrong football/basketball standout Kevon Cooley.
The piece also mentions that former Armstrong athlete Malcolm Cook is a scholarship redshirt freshman at UVA this year.
VIA: Church Hill People’s News / http://chpn.net/news/2013/09/30/cooley-is-armstrongs-1-2-punch_29196/
Over 150 volunteers from HandsOn, Altria, Communities In Schools and Patrick Henry School of Science & Arts have gathered at Armstrong High School today to complete a variety of construction, landscaping and remodeling projects on the school’s grounds.
VIA: Church Hill People’s News / http://chpn.net/news/2013/09/25/great-volunteer-turnout-at-armstrong-today_29121/
The Wildcats moved to 2-1 with a 48-20 drubbing of woeful Colonial Heights (0-3).
VIA: Church Hill People’s News / http://chpn.net/news/2013/09/21/armstrong-drops-colonial-heights-48-20_29072/
Visiting Armstrong beat John Marshall Saturday afternoon 24-20 with a last second touchdown after Marshall scored a late touchdown of their own to temporarily grab the lead from the Wildcats.
Next up for the Wildcats (1-1) is another road game this Friday 09/20 7PM at Colonial Heights (0-2).
VIA: Church Hill People’s News / http://chpn.net/news/2013/09/15/armstrong-beats-marshall-on-td-with-5-seconds-left_28969/
The Armstrong Wildcats fell to the TJ Vikings 18-14 in the Wildcats 2013 season opener. The loss drops the Wildcats to 0-1 on the new season, and snaps an 8-game winning streak vs TJ going back to 2004.
Next up for the Wildcats is an away game vs John Marshall High School on Saturday September 14 @ 1:00 PM.
VIA: Church Hill People’s News / http://chpn.net/news/2013/09/07/wildcats-fall-in-season-opener_28842/
Armstrong HS will be receiving $80,000 in state funds to shore up security at the school:
School leaders are offering a closer look at how millions of dollars will be put to use for security enhancements at Virginia schools. Armstrong High School is the only school in Richmond to receive state funds.
As of now, Armstrong has about eight cameras up and running but administrators say they’re out of date. Within six months, they hope to install up to 35 new cameras – which could go a long way in keeping students safe.
VIA: Church Hill People’s News / http://chpn.net/news/2013/09/05/armstrong-getting-80000-for-security_28823/
Armstrong HS baseball coach Lawrence Day Jr. has had quite a summer:
The Richmond Blue Sox are the winners of the Black World Series for players 12 and under in the Metropolitan Junior Baseball League’s Inner-City Classic.
Coached by Lawrence Day Jr., the Blue Box beat a Bahamas team 5-3 to claim the title at the 23rd annual MJBL summer baseball tournament in the Richmond area.
VIA: Church Hill People’s News / http://chpn.net/news/2013/08/12/congrats-to-lawrence-day-and-the-richmond-blue-sox_28531/
The 2013 Armstrong football season officially kicks off on Friday, September 6 with an away game at Thomas Jefferson. The Wildcats have beaten the Vikings in the last 8 straight seasons. Only 3 of the Wildcats’ 11 games will be at home.
2013 ARMSTRONG FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Thu 08/22 7:00 PM
@ John Randolph Tucker HS (Scrimmage)
Thu 08/29 5:00 PM
@ Sussex Central HS (Scrimmage)
Fri 09/06 4:00 PM
@ Thomas Jefferson High School
Sat 09/14 1:00 PM
@ John Marshall High School
Fri 09/20 7:00 PM
@ Colonial Heights High School
Fri 09/20 7:00 PM
@ Colonial Heights High School
Fri 09/27 7:00 PM
vs Glen Allen High School
Fri 10/04 7:00 PM
@ Varina High School
Fri 10/11 7:00 PM
@ Highland Springs High School
Fri 10/18 7:00 PM
vs Hanover High School
Fri 10/25 7:00 PM
vs Atlee High School
Fri 11/01 7:00 PM
@ Lee-Davis High School
Fri 11/08 7:00 PM
@ Henrico High School
VIA: Church Hill People’s News / http://chpn.net/news/2013/08/06/wildcats-football-schedule-has-only-3-home-games_28452/
VIA: Church Hill People’s News / http://chpn.net/news/2013/06/03/armstrong-choir-spirit-night-encore-performance_27703/
Sajada Taylor of Armstrong High and Joshua Young from Franklin Military Academy were among the 8 students recognized as the valedictorians of the graduating classes yesterday at the Science Museum:
Joshua Young from Franklin Military Academy, who will study communications at the University of Richmond;
Sajada Taylor from Armstrong, who will study nursing at Old Dominion University;
PHOTOS via Times-Dispatch
VIA: Church Hill People’s News / http://chpn.net/news/2013/05/22/congratulations-to-armstrongs-sajada-taylor-and-franklins-joshua-young_27574/
The May 2-4 issue of the Richmond Free Press has a profile of Armstrong’s Mei’Asia Palmer. The Norfolk State-bound track star also represented the East End’s Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club at the 2012 State Youth of the Year Competition.
VIA: Church Hill People’s News / http://chpn.net/news/2013/05/07/profile-meiasia-palmer_27402/
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