John W. Daniel School
 222 - 32nd Street
Downtown Newport News, VA 23607

John Warwick Daniel
05 Sept 1842 - 29 June 1910)
John Warwick Daniel
(05 Sept 1842 - 29 June 1910)

A recent purchase on EBAY.  It is unused, so the date cannot be known. However, the caption "New John Daniel High School" dates it after 1910 (when the school was renamed Daniel School) and prior to the construction of NNHS.

Note the shadows cast by the trees. We will assume that these were not added by the publishers. The shadows place the sun behind the camera, which means that we must be looking north. Thus, we are looking across 31st Street.
- Courtesy of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 03/06/05
Thanks, Dave!
- Courtesy of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 11/29/07 
Thanks, Dave!

I have been searching my reference library and found the attached text and images
in the following book,
which I cite for purposes
of attribution:

The Good Old Days in Hampton and Newport News, Parke Rouse, Jr., The Dietz Press, Richmond VA., 1986.

The image of Daniel School was taken looking north across
31st Street.

- Courtesy of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 04/11/03 
Thanks, Dave!



Miss Violetta Wilson’s Third Grade Class,
1949-1950 - Class of 1959

FRONT ROW: Dorcas Ellis, Eugene Paschall, Margo Shenos, Lucy Quisenberry, Bobby Fulton (I think), Carl Williams, Asa Chrisman, Harry Conn, Aretie Gallins, Bobby Atkins;

BACK ROW: Jimmy Drewery, Ramona Harris, Carol Ann Campbell, Jackie Veneris, I can’t remember her name; I think it was Marie something, Fred Simmons, Lawrence Henderson, Nelson Ellis, Miss Wilson.

Miss Ruth Savin’s Third Grade Class,
1953 - Class of 19

I want to tell you how appreciative I am on what you do on this site! I sent you a request 13 years ago with picture of friends I had when I attended John W. Daniel School from 1950-1953 (1st through 3rd grades). In April 2018 I saw a private message in Facebook from Julia’s son who saw my post on your John W. Daniel School page. He said he was pretty sure his mother was one of my friends! And she is! Her name is Julia McDonald Robinette and she said she graduated from Newport News High School in 1962. We have corresponded and she sent me the attached photo which had to be Mrs. Savin’s 3rd grade class. I am second on right on front row and my friend Betty Smith Carey is sitting to the left of me (looking at the picture). Our friend Joan (whom we have not located yet) is sitting on the end of the front row. The picture is hazy and I cannot pick Julia out – and she said she couldn’t either.

Betty and I corresponded until she passed away on August 31, 2009. She graduated from Warwick High School.

I thought you would like to know the help you have contributed to in reuniting old friends! Thank you very much and God Bless you!

Miss Ellena Armistead’s Seventh Grade Class,
1955-1956 - Class of 1961

FRONT ROW:  Robert (Buddy) Helterbran, William Mingee, James Sawyer (?), Norman Covert, _?_, Larry Zimmerman;

SECOND ROW:  __?_, Diane Hunt, Shirley McMahone, Kathy Solomon, Mamie Stanfield, _?_, David Woodard;

THIRD ROW:  Betty Marshall, Linda Ramsey, Patricia Gabriel, _?_, _?_, Shirley ,  _?_, Miss Armistead;

BACK ROW: __?__, __?__, James Lovedahl, James Roland, Richard Lovelace, _?_, _?_.

Courtesy of Aretie Gallins Patterson ('59) of Northern VA -
Thanks, Aretie!
Courtesy of June Veneris Collie (HHS -'62) of VA - 05/24/18
WOW! Thank you, June!
Courtesy of Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 09/19/09
Thanks, Norm!

1958 - Sixth Grade - Class of 1964

FRONT ROW: _____ _____, _____ _____, Eddie Beasley, _____ _____, Nick Fennell, Arnie Mull, Donald Houston, Ernie Murphy, Donald Keenan, and Patricia Kirkland;

MIDDLE ROW: Katie Haan, Diane Pritchard, _____ _____, _____ _____, _____ _____, _____ _____, _____ _____, _____ _____, Kenny Moore, and _____ _____;

BACK ROW: Raymond Staton, _____ _____, Tony Benton, _____ _____, _____ _____, Chris Kypriandes, Paul Neal, Tommy Gilbert, and _____ _____.

1959 - Seventh Grade - Class of 1964

FRONT ROW: _____ _____, Ernie Murphy, Arnie Mull, Donald Houston, Nickey Fennell, Donald Keenan, and Eddie Beasley;

MIDDLE ROW: Ms. Reams, _____ _____, _____ _____, _____ _____, Katie Haan, _____ _____, and Jimmy DeBerry;

BACK ROW: Chris Kypriandes, _____ _____, Tommy Albert, _____ _____, _____ _____, Raymond Staton, and Tony Benton.

March 1960 - Sixth Grade -  Class of 1966

The last class to graduate John W. Daniel Elementary.  After the school closed the building was used for the newly established Christopher Newport College.

TOP ROW: Edward Register, Eugene Shifflett, Nathan Kozloski, Zoe Kounas, Linda Beecham, Aderon Gibbs, Woody Slate, Dean Looney;

THIRD ROW: Tommy Brown, Butch Braswell, Deloris Jackson, Lucy Turlington, Judy Phillips, Terri McAfee, Brenda Campbell, Mozelle Smith, Wanda Crump, Dee Hodges.

SECOND ROW: Daniel Hartzler, Raymond Price, Patty Edmondson, Kenny Thomas, Nellie Hudgins, Peggy Burton, Chuck Jones, Butch Kypriandes, Tim Rogers, Bobby Houston.

BOTTOM ROW: Butch  Pettiway, Shirley Kennedy, Don Kirkland, Lewis Lockhart, Larry Campbell, Tony Hall, William Leong, Ricky Montague Jimmy Mingee, Mae Mitchell.

Both Photos Courtesy of Arnie Mull ('64) of VA via Richie Allen ('66) of VA via Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of VA - 03/27/03 - or do I have that backwards?!? 
Anyway, thanks!
Courtesy of Chuck Jones ('66) of Northern VA - 01/25/06
Thanks, Chuck!

Thank you so much for the wonderful memories of John W. Daniel school! I attended there from 1946 until 1952
before transferring to
Newport News High School. I remember beating chalkboard erasers off the front steps,
lunches in the basement cafeteria, and getting dressed all in white for the May Day commemoration that took
place on the playground every year. Lots and lots of memories come alive upon seeing the photo of John W. Daniel.
Teachers - Ms. Rogers, Ms. Martin, Ms. Wilson, and Ms. Moore reappear in my memory.
Thank you so very much for your

- Kelly Loose Bustamante ('58) of TX - 08/30/04

Thank you, Kelly!

I found this book from John W. Daniel School on the internet.  It was of particular interest to me because this history book was most likely
a part of the curriculum while I attended John W.  Thought it might be of interest to share with some of us "oldies, but goodies".
- Kelly Loose Bustamante ('58) of TX - 09/01/04

Thanks so much, Kelly!

Hi Carol....

We have never cousin who is a 1963 NNHS graduate told me about this site and I LOVE it! 

I graduated from HHS - '62 but I did go to John W. Daniel School 1950-53 (1st through 3rd grade).  Also I am kin (my sister is his sister-in-law) to Chandler Nelms (HHS - '63 - of MD) - and I enjoy reading his inserts as well. 

My teacher at John W. Daniel was Ruth Savin who stayed with our class from 1st through 3rd grade.  There were four of us girls who became close friends during that time - Betty Smith Carey, Joan, and Julia.  I actually ran into Betty at my husband's 45th WHS reunion this September (she is married to Jim Carey, a WHS 60 classmate of my husband).  Betty and I had not seen each other since 1953!  She mailed me a picture of her and our friends Joan and Julia taken back then.  Joan's last name is something like Darnell but not sure, and I can't think of Julia's at all.  We would love to re-connect to these old friends but have no idea if they stayed in Newport News.  Betty graduated from Warwick HS.  I hesitate to give permission to post this in one of your newsletters.  What I was wondering, is there a site where I could find a list of all students that attended John W. Daniel from 1950 to 1953?  If I could get the exact names of these two friends, I would like you to post it in your letter to see if anyone remembered them, and could let me know.  I am attaching copy of picture.

I lived across the street from
Hutchens Chevrolet on 34th Street when I attended Daniel all these stories are so fascinating!  My husband and I now live in Verona, VA in the Shenandoah Valley....

Thanks for any help you can provide. 

Betty, Joan and Julia


- June Veneris Collie (HHS - '62) - 11/05/05

Thank you, June! We wish you well!

It was interesting reading the section on "row homes" near John W. Daniel School.  I lived on 38th Street, between Washington and Huntington Avenues, from the time I was 5 until I graduated from NNHS in June of 1966.  Now it is a parking lot with the NN Shipyard Credit Union at the end of the street. Some of my neighbors were Jerry Seay ('63 - of VA), Danny Childress ('64), Fred Volhein, Pam Russell (Hanzlik - '63 - of NC), Audrey Dixon Kelly ('62 - of VA), Wanda Crump (Harris) ('66), Garland Rigney ('67), Terri McAfee (Artman) ('66),  Gilmore Kirby ('64), Glenn Malpass ('65), Jimmy Morrow ('65 - of NE), Kathy Morrow ('67) and many more whose names won't come to mind at 11:38 p.m.  In fact, I met my husband while riding my bicycle in September, 1962.  No, I didn't run him down, I was on the bike when someone called me over to meet him.  He had just come from Garden Creek, VA to attend the Apprentice School.  I went home and told my mom I had just met the man I was going to marry.  My husband walked over to Johnson's Confectionary and told Mrs. Johnson the same thing!  We married in July, 1966.
Oh, what fun we had back then!  Neighbors were all one big happy family who looked out for one another.  I remember skating around the city blocks dodging shipyard workers and store workers with reckless abandon.  We walked everywhere because we were downtown so everything was close - stores, movies, restaurants, etc.  We played hide and seek in the alleys behind our homes well into the night during the summer months without any of the fears that we have for our children today.  Goodness, what fond memories have come rushing back!
- Dee Hodges Bartram ('66) of VA - 12/08/05

Thanks, Dee!


This marker faces onto 32nd Street.  You are looking toward 31st Street.  The block is almost entirely pay parking. As I was standing in the middle of 32nd Street setting up the shot, this uniformed lady came down from her parking lot Stalag watchtower and asked if she could help me.  I was letting myself imagine what it once looked like 40 years ago, so when she asked if she could help me, I seemed to feel that she was a trespasser, that she somehow didn't belong there. I replied tersely, "No, thank you", and continued to adjust the shot.

She said that she thought that I had to get permission to photograph there. I was astonished, but tried to remain a gentleman; I explained the obvious ... that I was standing in the middle of a public street taking a photograph of a public historical marker, looking across a parking lot.  She mumbled something about terrorists, and I assured her that neither my camera nor the marker were going to explode.  I then invited her to call the police if she felt that strongly about it. She slithered back to her watchtower and said no more.  It seems that downtown has devolved into an armed camp, and everyone is under suspicion.

May 2003
- Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/12/03

Thanks, Dave!

Somewhere in the back of my mind is the thought of John Daniels School being a bad school that no one wanted  to go to. I remember going to Walter Reed School and thought I was going to be transferred to Daniels but it never happened. But I was told that it was a bad school. Anyone else ever get that same info?
- Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 04/07/09

"A BAD School?!?" Oh, WOW, I don't remember ever hearing THAT one! I doubt any of its numerous graduates among us would agree with that assessment, either! I imagine we'll be having a mighty onslaught of defenses quite soon now!

   I should think that's probably one of those "SEZ WHO?!?" issues, often conceived from a biased perspective:

   My school's better than your school.
My school's better than YOURS!

   "Anyone? Anyone?"

Thanks, Glenn - this one ought to be fun!

Hi, Carol:
When many of the young students attending Walter Reed School were transferred to John W. Daniel School due to the overcrowded conditions at Walter Reed School few of us were excited about the move, as we could easily walk to Walter Reed School from our homes in East End.
Being transferred to a "downtown" school meant riding the Citizens Rapid Transit bus to and from school for most of us in my class in the Seventh Grade. Of course, some of us rode our bicycles to school, if we worked after school.
We received the same level of education and had friendly and helpful teachers, but access to the many places to eat lunch nearby was a real improvement.
Plus, we got conditioned to the neighborhood where we would later attend Newport News High School in the Eighth Grade. One recollection was the large number of high school students that made their way to the YMCA for lunch and after school. We dared not go to the "Y" at our young age; besides I had a Times-Herald paper route in East End and Western Union Telegrams to deliver in the evenings.
My experience at John W. Daniel School was satisfactory.
- Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 04/08/09

Thanks, Joe!

Hello Carol!

My sister and I remember our elementary school with fond memories. Definitely it was not a bad school; in fact it was a great school. The teachers and pupils that went there were top notch. Our teachers provided us with an excellent education and we had fun while we were learning.  Most of the teachers were older and strict but very fair. She went to John W. Daniel from the 1st through the 6th grade, and I went 1st through 3rd. In fact, my sister's 6th grade teacher also taught our father, Nick Veneris.  
And to bring up another past memory, we also celebrated May 1st with a dance around the May Pole!  I miss those simple times..
- June Veneris Collie (Hampton HS - '62) of VA - 04/10/09

Thanks, June!


I have wonderful memories of John W. Daniel School in Newport News when Mr. Baines was the principal, a wonderful lady Miss Rebecca Reames
was my 5th grade teacher; Miss Martin was our good teacher in the 6th grade and Miss Smith in the 7th.

I have a column you may want to use:

As a baseball fan, I couldn't resist the Lou Gehrig story which fits, at least to me, my days at  Daniel School ... in the early 1950s before we went
to the great
Newport News High School. :

Usually on Thursdays in the spring, Miss Martin read Homer’s Iliad to her sixth graders at John W. Daniel School. The windows were raised and we little tykes hoped a breeze would flow through the room. We didn’t have air conditioning in 1950.

Miss Martin favored white tee-shirts all the time and looked exactly like Benjamin Franklin. No kidding. When I look at a $100 bill today, I see her staring right at me. If any of us 30-plus pupils had been caught misbehaving a bit, she didn’t keep us after class, which they could do easily in those days. Instead, she had her own clever punishment — three or four long-division arithmetic problems: dividing long numbers like 899,765,343 by 1487.

This was a challenge to a 10-year-old, especially if you had to turn them in the next morning. We were a bunch of sweet attentive boys and girls, seldom if ever drawing the ire of our teacher who never missed a day.

We loved the Iliad stories as Miss Martin read to us out loud. Usually once a month, she would give a little quiz, not for grades but to see if we were paying attention about Achilles and the Trojan Horse. If we needed a little help with the answers, she could show a soft side and help us.

Miss Martin came to my mind last week during the July 4 homage paid to the great baseball player Lou Gehrig on the 70th anniversary of his famous “luckiest man on the face of the earth” speech. Gehrig was the Yankees’ No. 4, the iron man who played 2,130 consecutive games from June 1, 1925 to April 30, 1939. This record remained for 61 years until Baltimore’s Cal Ripken Jr., broke it September 19, 1998, at 2,632.

On that day, July 4, 1939 Gehrig was forced to retire because of what we know today as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. He died at age 38 in 1941.

In Miss Martin’s class some 59 years ago, I remember vividly as we pulled out the Iliad for our afternoon session. She began in a pleasant reading manner. Today it seems she reached the Trojan Horse part when I slipped in front of my book, the 1942 orange-covered biography of Lou Gehrig. As she droned on, I forgot about the Iliad. I got lost in the story where little Lou went eel fishing for his mother in the World War I era. He’d bring home his catch, his mother would pickle them and then Lou returned to Second Avenue in East Harlem, New York City, to sell the goodies.

I “traveled” that afternoon with Lou as he grew to be a football player at Columbia and then on to became the baseball hero of the Yankees.

Suddenly, I heard a voice, “What page are you on?” Miss Martin roared. Naturally I thought she was talking to someone else. I stuttered a bit, tried to sneak Gehrig back in my lap. She kept on, “Can you tell me about the Trojans?” Fear struck at the moment. My classmates laughed.

In my book that afternoon it was 1932, not with the Greeks. Gehrig had just hit four home runs in a game against the Philadelphia Athletics. The first player to do so in the 20th century.

Miss Martin ordered me to the front of class. She seized my Gehrig book. My penalty was to collect all of the Homer’s Iliad books from the class.

She apparently forgot to give me the long-division problems. The next morning, she allowed us to go to the library. It was Principal Thomas E. Baines who returned the Gehrig book to me. His advise was short and sweet: "don’t read it in Miss Martin’s class.”

To this day I’ve never eaten eels. #

- Harry Covert ('57) of Northern VA - 07/13/09

WILD GIGGLES!  I remember reading that little Lou Gehrig biography myself, Harry, although I was in Mrs. Gladys Curry's 4th grade class at Magruder School when I did so.
 Mr. Baines was later our principal there as well! Thanks for the great recollection!

I loved 
Harry Covert's
('57 - of Northern VA) talk about Daniel School. I especially loved seeing the picture of  Mr. Baines. He was a great principal.
I can remember his playing kick ball at recess with us kids. He told me one time he made his suits. I was really impressed with that. I never heard
of a man sewing. Of course I did not think about tailors because no one in my family could afford a tailored suit. His suits were very nicely tailored!
He was truly a good influence in our lives. Thank you Harry for jogging our memories on a really good school.

- Evelyn Casey Snead ('57) of VA - 07/15/09

Thanks so much, Evelyn! I was so painfully shy as a child, I tried to avoid direct contact with almost everyone outside my family, so I regret I never
availed myself of the opportunity to get to know this fine man. Nevertheless, I can recall after all these years that he was not only
a gentleman, but a truly gentle man.


In the late 1800s many publications were produces depicting scenes of the United States and the world along with glimpses of art from the famous museums of the world. As traveling was accomplished by means of horseback across country, or by steam ship to travel overseas, only the affluent traveled around this beautiful globe we live on. And even for them it was not as easy as it is today.

The majority of the population did not travel and relied upon these publications to see what the rest of America and the world really looked like. They became familiar with the famous paintings in Europe's museums from the pictures they saw in these publications. Photography was developed in the mid 19th century and still in its infancy, Printing processes were developed to reproduce these original photographs for publication for the world to see what people, places and the great art masterpieces really looked like.

Some of this wonderful historical record has survived for us to study and enjoy today.

A short biography from 1895 reads;
"As distinctively the representative of old Virginia orators of the present day, Senator John W. Daniel occupies a conspicuous position.  He was born in Lynchburgh, Campbell County, VA., September 5, 1842, and comes of a family distinguished in the law and statesmanship and in the conduct of the state's affairs.  He received his early education in the schools of Lynchburgh, at Lynchburgh College, and at Dr. Harrison's university and school.  He had a gift for languages, and at eighteen had a knowledge of Latin, Greek, French and German.  He was but nineteen when the Civil war broke out, and entered the Confederate army at once.  He was wounded at the first battle of Manassas in 1861, at Boonesboro in 1862 and at Antietam, and at the Battle of the Wilderness had his leg broken in a charge.  He served with marked distinction through the war in the armies of northern Virginia, and at the time of the Battle of the Wilderness was on the staff of General Early.  He studied law after the war, and entered immediately upon its practice.  Later he wrote "Daniel on Attachments" and "Daniel on Negotiable Instruments," both of which books have become successes.  He entered public life in 1869 and served two terms in the Virginia house of delegates.  He was a member in the Virginia Senate from 1875 to 1881.  He was that year beaten in the race for governor of Virginia, but was elected to Congress in 1885, and during his first session was elected to the United States Senate to succeed Senator Mahone, taking his seat in March, 1887, for the term expiring in March, 1893.  In 1891 he was reelected for the term expiring in 1899.  The degree of LL. D. has been conferred upon him by Washington and Lee University and the University
of Michigan."


- Courtesy of,
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA -10/24/03

Thanks, Dave!

John W. Daniel
, a Representative and a Senator from Virginia; born in Lynchburg, Va., September 5, 1842; attended private schools, Lynchburg College, and Dr. Gessner Harrison’s University School; during the Civil War served in the Confederate Army 1861-1864, attained the rank of major; permanently crippled in the Battle of the Wilderness in May 1864; studied law at the University of Virginia at Charlottesville; was admitted to the bar in 1866 and commenced practice at Lynchburg, Va.; member, State house of delegates 1869-1872; member, State senate 1875-1881; unsuccessful candidate for Governor in 1881; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-ninth Congress (March 4, 1885-March 3, 1887); did not seek renomination in 1886, having been elected Senator; elected in 1885 as a Democrat to the United States Senate; reelected in 1891, 1897, 1904, and 1910, and served from March 4, 1887, until his death on June 29, 1910; died before his credentials for the last election could be presented; chairman, Committee on Revision of the Laws of The United States (Fifty-third Congress), Committee on Corporations Organized in the District of Columbia (Fifty-fifth Congress), Committee on Public Health and National Quarantine (Sixtieth Congress), Committee on Private Land Claims (Sixty-first Congress); died in Lynchburg, Va.; interment in Spring Hill Cemetery.


American National Biography; DAB; Daniel, Edward M., comp. Speeches and Orations of John Warwick Daniel. Lynchburg, VA: J.P. Bell Co., 1911; Doss, Richard. ‘John Warwick Daniel: A Study in the Virginia Democracy.’ Ph.D. dissertation, University of Virginia, 1955.

- Courtesy of,
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 10/24/03

Thanks, Dave!


Daniel is traveling tonight on a plane
I can see the red tail lights heading for Spain
Oh and I can see Daniel waving goodbye
God, it looks like Daniel, must be the clouds in my eyes

Daniel my brother you are older than me
Do you still feel the pain of the scars that won't heel
Your eyes have died but you see more than I
Daniel you're a star in the face of the sky

They say Spain is pretty though I've never been
Well Daniel says it's the best place that he's ever seen
Oh and he should know, he's been there enough
Lord I miss Daniel, oh I miss him so much

Daniel my brother you are older than me
Do you still feel the pain of the scars that won't heel
Your eyes have died but you see more than I
Daniel you're a star in the face of the sky

Daniel is travelling tonight on a plane
I can see the red tail lights heading for Spain
Oh and I can see Daniel waving goodbye
God, it looks like Daniel, must be the clouds in my eyes

"Daniel" midi courtesy of,
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 10/24/03
Thanks, Dave!

"Daniel" lyrics courtesy of,
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 10/24/03
Thanks again, Dave!

First John W. Daniel Image courtesy of,
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA -10/24/03
Thanks, Dave!

Second John W. Daniel Image courtesy of
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 10/24/03
Thanks again, Dave!

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