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School name changes in effect as of July 1, 2021

As of July 1, 2021, five schools in Hampton officially have new names. On May 12, 2021, the Hampton School Board voted to change school names to the following:

Albert W. Patrick, III Elementary (formerly Booker Elementary)
Mary T. Christian Elementary (formerly Cary Elementary)
Ann H. Kilgore Gifted Center (formerly Spratley Gifted Center)
Mary W. Jackson Fundamental Elementary School (formerly Tucker-Capps Fundamental Elementary)
Mary S. Peake Elementary (formerly Tyler Elementary)

While it will take the summer to change signage, marquees, school letterhead and other items, we are excited to share the new school logos and mascots.

Mary T. Christian Elementary is the home of the champions. The school was named for Hampton native Dr. Mary Taylor Christian. Christian attended Union School and graduated from Phenix High School in 1941. In 1955 she earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Hampton Institute. Christian worked as a teacher at Aberdeen Elementary School and earned her master’s degree from Columbia University and her Ph.D. from Michigan State University. She was the first African-American woman elected to serve on the Hampton School Board. Christian worked as a Dean of Hampton Institute’s (later University) school of education. She was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in 1986 and became the first African-American since reconstruction to represent the 92nd District. She served nine consecutive terms and championed legislation on education, healthcare, and prescription drugs.

Mary W. Jackson Fundamental Elementary is the home of the rockets. Mary W. Jackson, a native of Hampton, was a scientist, aerospace engineer, humanitarian and trailblazer who paved the way for thousands of others to succeed not only at NASA, but throughout the nation as well. Jackson graduated from the all-black Phenix Training School with highest honors and graduated from Hampton Institute in 1942 where she earned bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and physical science. In 1958, she became NASA’s first African-American female engineer. She successfully petitioned the city of Hampton to allow her to take University of Virginia night classes alongside white students (held at Hampton High School) in order to complete additional training and courses for her new role. By 1979, Jackson having achieved the most senior title within the engineering department, decided to take a demotion in order to serve as an administrator in the equal opportunity specialist field. She returned to Langley to make changes and highlight women and other minorities who were accomplished in the field after undergoing training at NASA headquarters.

The Ann H. Kilgore Gifted Center will continue to be the home of the seahawks. Ann H. Kilgore served as the city of Hampton’s first female mayor from 1963 to 1971 and again from 1974 to 1978. Kilgore, who graduated from the College of William & Mary in 1944, held a BA in psychology and was a teacher at Hampton High School. She considered successfully integrating Hampton’s schools and businesses without litigation as her greatest accomplishment. During her term as mayor, the city of Hampton built the Hampton Coliseum, city hall, and the police station. The city also donated land for Thomas Nelson Community College. She also fostered the local tourist industry and improved interracial relations as the city tripled in size from fewer than 30,000 citizens to more than 100,00 people.

Albert W. Patrick, III Elementary is the home of the panthers and was named for the Honorable Judge Patrick. He was affectionally known to all as “Pat” and was a lifelong resident of Hampton. Patrick graduated from Hampton High School in 1969 and graduated from the University of Virginia in 1973. He earned his law degree there in 1976. After practicing law in Hampton from 1976 to 1995, Patrick was appointed judge of the Hampton 8th District General Court in 1995. He was reappointed to the bench four more times, serving from 1995 until his passing in 2017. His devotion to Hampton led him to be very active in the community. He was especially interested in ensuring all children received a first-class education, leading him to serve on the Hampton School Board from 1980 to 1981 and from 1986 to 1995. Patrick served as board chairman for seven years. He was also elected president of the Virginia School Boards Association and became the first from Virginia to serve on the Board of Directors of the National School Boards Association.

Mary S. Peake Elementary is the home of the mighty oaks. Peake was a Hampton educator and humanitarian who was born in Norfolk, Virginia. She moved to Hampton with her family in 1847. While supporting herself as a seamstress, she secretly began teaching from her home, instructing African-Americans of all ages. She married Thomas Peake, a former slave in 1851. Mary Peake started a school near Fort Monroe to teach the freed enslaved people. It was within the present grounds of Hampton University, she is believed to have conducted classes under the historic Emancipation Oak. Her school was one of the first of its kind and served as a model for a number of others schools that taught African-Americans throughout the South in Unio-occupied territory.

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As stated in School Board Policy AC and GBA, Hampton City Schools (“HCS”) does not discriminate with regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, disability, ancestry, marital status, pregnancy, child birth or related medical conditions, status as a veteran, genetic information, or other characteristic protected by law in its programs, activities and employment practices and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.  

HCS also prohibits retaliation under School Board Policy GBAB for the purpose of interfering with a person’s rights and/or privileges under federal civil rights laws, which can include: (i) raising concerns with Division personnel about a civil rights violation; (ii) asserting a right or advocating for the rights of a student or employee under federal civil rights laws; or (iii) participating in a complaint investigation or related proceedings. 

All individuals are encouraged to promptly report any incident they believe to be discrimination, harassment or retaliation in violation of HCS School Board Policy.  All reports should be made to the HCS Compliance Officer, who also serves as the HCS Executive Director of Human Resources and Title IX/ADA Coordinator.  Upon receiving a report of alleged discrimination, harassment or retaliation, the Compliance Officer shall promptly authorize an investigation into the complaint, determine whether the alleged act occurred, and determine whether any action must be taken to end or prevent further harassment, discrimination, or retaliation.  For more information about this process, please review the Formal Resolution Process and/or Informal Resolution Process.    

Should you have any questions about these procedures or the contents of this notice, please contact:

Executive Director of Human Resources
Title IX and ADA Coordinator
Department of Human Resources
One Franklin Street
Hampton, VA 23669
(757) 727-2300



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Please note that some pages on the HCS website contain links to third-party sites.  HCS is not responsible for the content, facts, opinions or accessibility of third-party sites.


The majority of pages in our site are available in HTML format that can be deciphered by screen readers. Some documents are in Portable Document Format (PDF), which require Adobe Acrobat Reader to view.

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Also, many popular browsers contain built-in accessibility tools, and there are other plug-ins that make websites more accessible.

The HCS website is designed and monitored by HCS Webmaster Vickie Carper, who serves as the gatekeeper for website content and accessibility.   The Webmaster is under the direction of the Executive Director of Public Relations and Marketing, supervised by the Director of Graphics.
Web visitors using assistive technology who may have trouble accessing information on the website may contact the HCS Webmaster,, the Executive Director of Public Relations and Marketing, and/or the Director of Graphics,

When submitting a question or concern via email, “accessibility” should be included in the subject line.  Every reasonable attempt will be made to address the user’s concern within twenty-four hours.  To assist HCS in responding appropriately, all inquiries should include the following information:

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HCS monitors all technology resource activity and requires all employees, students and individuals with access to HCS computer systems and networks to annually read and sign an Acceptable Use Policy.  See School Board Policy IIBEA for Students; School Board Policy GBBB for Employees.

Our continuing goal is for the HCS website to be accessible to individuals with disabilities in compliance with the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and that statute's implementing regulations at 34 C.F.R. Part 104, and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and that statute's implementing regulations at 28 C.F.R. Part 35.

Good faith efforts are being made to ensure that our website complies with web accessibility standards. In addition to the federal regulations above, we are actively working to conform to level AA of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0.
Prior to posting new website content, the HCS Webmaster determines if the proposed content meets the criteria of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).  Periodically the HCS Webmaster checks the website with a recognized website checker such as 508 Checker and WAVE.  If the audit identifies issues of concern or content errors that impede accessibility to any user, the concerns/errors are evaluated and remedied within a six-week period.


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