Summit Park Grade School (brief history)
By Evelyn Kitts
The first school built in Summit Park area was called Despard School which was built in 1916. The principal was Joseph James. In 1923 the Summit Park Jr. High School opened next to the Despard Grade School. Mr. James became the first principal of this new school. Later a grade school opened and became Summit Park Grade… School. The first principal was a Virginia Bauld. The school was closed in the spring of 1993. When the grade school closed the students then were bused to Nuttter Fort. The high school students had a choice of going to Liberty, R-W or W I. They were all later transferred to the new Robert C. Byrd High School.
The high school students had a choice of going to Liberty, R-W or W I. They were all later transferred to the new Robert C. Byrd High School. The school was sold at a public auction for $25,000. The property was bought by Oral. E. Henderson…, Jr. and family. Part of the school is used for parties, community affairs and youth activities. Here is a list of the Jr. High School principals through the years:
JOSEPH JAMES – 1916 (First at the Despard School)
M.P. BOYLES – 1932
FORREST POLING – 1935
HAROLD JENKINS – 1938
FOUNTIE WILLIAMS – 1943
BURYLN RECTOR – 1950
L.R. “PAT” HALL – 1952
SAM IAQUINTO- 1960
FRANK GIAQUINTA- 1965
DOUGLAS ROBBINS – LAST YEAR – 1984
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