Stratford School Parcel Closer to Historic Status

Arlington County School Board members signed off on the historic designation for Stratford School in May with County Board members set to act on June 18, according to the Sun-Gazette.

The anticipated designation has been more than a year in the making. The parcel is seen as historic as the school became the first Arlington public school, and one of the first in the commonwealth, to become integrated when four black students began classes at the previously all-white school in 1959.

On hand for the vote was Michael Jones, who along with Ron Deskins, Gloria Thompson and Lance Newman, integrated the middle school 57 years before.

The Stratford campus in 2004 was listed on the National Register of Historic Places and also is on the Virginia Landmarks Register.