2410 Wickham Avenue
Newport News, VA 23607
|Saturday, October 28, 2000||- http://www2.ci.newport-news.va.us/newport-news/plan/framework2008/section_d93029e1034.html|
Mrs. Barnes' Fifth
(NNHS Class of 1960)
Mrs. Bessie McFall's Seventh Grade Class
(NNHS Class of 1958)
Mrs. Burton's Fourth
(NNHS Class of 1961)
Mrs. Graham's Fourth
(NNHS Class of 1961)
Mrs. Mary Forbes'
Seventh Grade Homeroom
(NNHS Class of 1965)
Glenn Dye, Charles Marrs, _____ _____ Ruby Phillips, _____ _____, _____
_____, Joe Shapiro;
Henry Goad, Wayne Gray, Bill Rouse, Harvey Fenigsohn, _____ Kemp, Colin
SECOND ROW: Wayne Columbia, _____ _____, Wayne Agee, Granville Breeden, Bobby Hedrick, _____ _____;
THIRD ROW: Janet Cross,_____ _____, Roslyn Adelman,_____ _____, Anne Hooper;
FOURTH ROW: Mrs. Bessie McFall, _____ _____, Betty Brockwell, _____ _____, _____ _____, _____ _____, _____ _____;
BACK ROW: Patricia Richards, _____ _____, Tommy Sparkman, Jack Tesh, Lonnie Scoggins, Roger Heflin, Becky Marshall, and Carol Hollaway.
_____ _____, Bradley Ewell, _____ _____, _____ _____, Diana Merrill, _____
_____, Eugene Turner.
SECOND ROW: _____ _____, _____ _____, Linda Strickland (?), Lucille Ritenour, Linda Ramsey, Janet Moore, Beryl Barkley (?), Nancy Madagan.
THIRD ROW: _____ _____, _____ _____, _____ _____,
Norman Covert, _____ _____, _____ _____, _____ _____.
BACK ROW: Robert Reese, Roger Wheeler (?), Lloyd Nelson, _____ _____, Lewis Matthews, Glenn Barkley, Steve Thomas, Billy Hunt (?), Mrs. _____ Burton.
Andy Greenspon, Jesse Hawk, _____ _____, Barbara Ellis, Phyllis Ritter,
Harold Klesmer, _____ _____;
SECOND ROW: Do not remember names of any of these;
THIRD ROW: Leon _____, Curtis Watson, Grover Lewis, Banning Crossley, Jesse Hodges, Archie Dail, George Helliesen, Mrs. _____ Graham;
BACK ROW: Linda _____, Barbara _____, Catherine _____, _____ _____, Shirley Markoff, Rita Leonard.
FRONT ROW: Wayne Chapman, Clifton Camden, Sandy Hobbs, Paul McPherson, Wayne
Sandra Bateman, Carole Minkoff (Althaus), Sandra Boatright, Debby Fink;
BACK ROW: Ailyn Bromberg, Patsy Blackard, Steve Burns, Mike Miller, Todd Givens, Marc Snyder, Betty Marie Millner, Nancy Lewis, Faye Thomas, and Frances Hollifield.
('60) of TX - 04/20/07
('58) of FL - 02/26/12
Courtesy of Norm Covert
('61) of MD - 09/03/09
Courtesy of George Helliesen
('61) of MI - 09/23/09
- Carol Buckley Harty
('65) of NC - 02/26/03
Saturday, August 19, 2000
TO: Fred Carroll
Newport News Daily Press
A Newport News High School
Classmate (June 1945) sent me a clipping of your 5-17-2000 article about the
planned rejuvenation of the old Walter Reed School building. That it could
be a candidate for something so modern amazes me.
Rick Billings of
NC - 02/23/03
All of the guys (in Mrs. Burton's Fourth Grade Class - 1952-1953 - picture above) prove that no one manufactured pants to fit boys until some years later.
We also may have been wearing our brothers hand-me-downs. No question the girls certainly make up for the boys' lack of sartorial splendor.
Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 09/03/09
An 1869 medical graduate of the University of Virginia, Walter Reed (1851-1902) was granted his commission in the United States Army Medical Corps in 1875. After serving as an army surgeon at remote sites in Arizona, Nebraska, and Alabama, Reed was assigned to Baltimore's Fort McHenry in October of 1890. The Fort McHenry assignment allowed Reed to participate in a seven-month pathology and bacteriology course at Johns Hopkins Hospital. There he worked with Dr. William Welch in the pathology of typhoid fever and on the identification of the hog cholera bacillus.
Surgeon-General George Miller Sternberg was impressed by Reed's work at
Johns Hopkins. In 1893 he appointed Reed Professor
In 1895, Reed
studied an outbreak of malaria near Washington. He observed that the
marshlands played some role in the spread
following the declaration of war on Spain, Sternberg selected Reed, Victor
Vaughan, and E.O. Shakespeare to examine the American military camps in
order to ascertain the cause of the typhoid epidemic. They concluded that
typhoid was the result of filthy living conditions. Two years later,
Sternberg made Reed officer-in-charge of the Yellow Fever Commission.
Biography of Walter Reed courtesy of http://www.med.virginia.edu/hs-library/historical/yelfev/pan6.html - 09/23/05
The Walter Reed
school houses Office of Human Affairs and also has been renamed norvelette
Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center. They provide students with help for school.
- Theodore Blunt
of VA - 03/04/06
Thanks so much for that update, Theodore!
While taking our Magical Mystery Tour on October 22, 2005, we noticed that the school's appearance had been greatly altered since we snapped that image five years earlier, but we did not know what it had become. Thanks for solving that mystery for us!
Those of us in that tour van who had attended Walter Reed in the seventh grade recalled with great fondness how we Stuart Gardens kids would walk home together after school, as often as not stopping off at the Stuart Gardens Pharmacy for a fountain blended Cherry Coke. So refreshed, we would resume our walk home together. As we continued our tour we made note of the various homes of our classmates. What an idyllic time it was!
"— THE DOWNING GROSS CULTURAL ARTS CENTER is a 50,000 plus square foot masterpiece which will encompass The Anderson Johnson Gallery, The Ella Fitzgerald Theater, The Thaddeus Hayes Dance Studio, a sculpture by Richard Hunt, rehearsal rooms, art and music studios, classrooms and more. Soul-stirring music, the magic of live theater, the thrill of dance, the enjoyment of fine art exhibits and events and the celebration of homegrown celebrities has found a new home in Newport News! The Downing Gross Cultural Arts Center will offer residents a place to be both participants and patrons of the arts; a place that identifies, cultivates and celebrates the talents of our youth, as well as our young at heart. 2410 Wickham Avenue. 879-0771."
The late Gregory Cherry worked to honor the "First Lady of Song," who was born in Newport News.
NEWPORT NEWS -
— The name of
Ella Fitzgerald, the "First Lady of Song" who dominated the jazz world
for the first half of the 20th century, will soon grace a street near where
she was born 90 years ago.
The Newport News City Council this week officially approved renaming 24th Street between Marshall and Parish avenues Ella Fitzgerald Way.
"Every time we celebrate one of our homegrown celebrities, we are celebrating ourselves and our own story," said Michelle Gilliam, program director of the Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center. Gilliam is also one of the founders of the 11-year-old Ella Fitzgerald Festival at the Ferguson Center for the Arts. "It's all part of who we are," she said.
Gilliam and Newport News native Saundra Cherry pushed for two years for the name change.
Because it is a commemorative renaming — similar to the renaming of 25th
Martin Luther King Jr. Way — an additional street sign will be put up
underneath the actual sign so residents won't have to change their
The city will also install an Ella Fitzgerald historical marker in front of the cultural arts center on Wickham Avenue.
The marker will be similar to the one installed for another Newport News celebrity, singer and actress Pearl Bailey, one of Fitzgerald's friends.
The library next to the Arts Center is named after Bailey. Born April 25, 1917, Fitzgerald spent her first few years in a 23rd Street row house that has since been demolished.
Cherry and Gilliam said they picked 24th Street for naming honors because it's closer to the arts center — the former Walter Reed school building — which named its theater after the jazz legend.
|Thursday, April 10, 2008|
|Michelle Gilliam and Sandra Cherry in front of the 24th and Wickham Avenue signs that the City officially this week renamed 24th Street to the Ella Fitzgerald Way after the soul and jazz icon, born and raised in southeast Newport News.|
|Image by Joe Fudge, Daily Press / April 10, 2008|
Fitzgerald's father, William Fitzgerald, worked at the local shipyard and her mother, Tempie, was a maid.
The Grammy winner moved at the age of 4 with her mother to Yonkers, N.Y., and does not have any known relatives still living in Newport News, Gilliam said.
Renaming a street in Fitzgerald's honor was set in motion more than two years ago, when Gilliam and southeast community activist Gregory Cherry, who founded the Downtown Newport News Merchants and Neighbors Association, Inc., sifted through a list of who's who in Newport News for a historical walking and driving tour through the community.
"Greg Cherry came up with the idea we should get national markers for these historical cultural icons and create a walking tour," Gilliam said. "He started the work."
When Cherry died unexpectedly last year, his widow, Saundra Cherry, continued with Gilliam to plow ahead with the idea of renaming 24th Street. The merchants association filed the official request in December.
For Cherry, the renaming symbolizes more than honoring a soul and jazz icon. It's the first step toward realizing one of her husband's dreams.
"It was Gregory's vision to recognize the southeast community as a historic area," Cherry said. "And this is the first piece of the puzzle. It was Gregory's dream to promote tourism in downtown and to take away the stigma that there is nothing in downtown. There are things to see here."
Fitzgerald won 13 Grammy awards, sold more than 40 million albums and rubbed shoulders with jazz legends such as Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Oscar Peterson. She was born one year after the Walter Reed school — now the Downing-Gross Arts Center — was built in 1918.
"And 90 years later she has a theater named after her in this building," Gilliam said.
Fitzgerald not only made her distinct mark in the arts, but also helped to break down racial barriers during the civil rights movement when she demanded equal treatment of her musicians.
"It was a way of fighting racism," Gilliam said. "And it forced a lot of venues to change... you either did not allow her to perform or you had to change the rules in the performance house."
Fitzgerald, who would have turned 91 this month,
last visited the Peninsula in 1993, when she performed at the
Hampton Jazz Festival.
• 1921 — Moves with mother to Yonkers,
Suicide is Painless
Music by Johnny Mandel
Lyrics by Mike Altman
Through early morning fog I see
visions of the things to be
the pains that are withheld for me
I realize and I can see...
That suicide is painless
it brings on many changes
and I can take or leave it if I please.
I try to find a way to make
all our little joys relate
without that ever-present hate
but now I know that it's to late, and...
The game of life is hard to play
I'm going to lose it anyway
the losing card I'll someday lay
so this is all I have to say
The only way to win is cheat
and lay it down before I'm beat
and to another give my seat
for that's the only painless feat
The sword of time will pierce our skins
it doesn't hurt when it begins
but as it works its way on in
the pain grows stronger...watch it grin but...
A brave man once requested me
to answer questions that are key
is it to be or not to be
and I replied 'oh why ask me?'
'Cause suicide is painless
it brings on many changes
and I can take or leave it if I please
...and you can do the same thing if you please.
here is the convoluted logic leading to a MIDI that would not seem to be
"Walter Reed conquered malaria and yellow fever (both transmitted by mosquitos),
but there aren't too many MIDIs around associated with mosquitos.
So, what other connection might there be? Hmmm, Walter Reed was an Army doctor ..... Sooooooo ........"
"M*A*S*H (Suicide Is Painless)" midi courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 09/23/05
"Betcha didn't know that there were lyrics or that the song is actually named, 'Suicide Is Painless'"
"M*A*S*H (Suicide Is Painless)" lyrics courtesy of
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 09/23/05
Thanks again, Dave!
Image of Walter
Reed (Photo in Hench-Reed Collection, CMHSL, UVA) courtesy
of http://www.med.virginia.edu/hs-library/historical/yelfev/pan6.html - 09/23/05
Image of Yellow Fever Treatment courtesy of http://www.personal.psu.edu/faculty/j/e/jel5/micro/art.htm - 09/23/05
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