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Virginia Beach City Public Schools  June 23, 2018 – 09:02 am
Larkspur Middle

2512 George Mason Drive • P.O. Box 6038 Virginia Beach, Virginia 757.263.1000 • 757.263.1240 TDD

Bayside Middle
Opening Date: 1970
First Principal: William D. Gilliam
Interesting Facts: Unlike many traditional single-unit structures, Bayside Middle consists of five distinct and separate units connected by breezeways.

Bayside Middle was completed in 1969 and opened in 1970 originally as Bayside Junior High. The superintendent at the time was Dr. E.E. Brickell. Beginning the 2014-2015 school year, a separate school for Bayside Middle sixth graders, the Bayside Sixth Grade Campus, was established at 4722 Jericho Road. Bayside Middle seventh and eighth graders continue to attend classes at the building located on Newtown Road.

Brandon Middle
Opening Date: 1978
First Principal: Charles A. Atkinson
Interesting Facts: In the early 1980's, Brandon Middle was the second largest public school in the state, behind only Green Run High.

Brandon Middle opened as Brandon Junior High in August 1978 with Charles A. Atkinson as the first principal. As with Brandon Middle, the opening of other middle schools reduced overcrowding due to a tremendous growth period in the 70's and 80's.

Opening Date: 1997
First Principal: Edith Eidson
Interesting Facts: Over 35 percentof Corporate Landing Middle School students have a member serving in the military.

Corporate Landing Middle opened in 1997, serving students in grades six through eight to alleviate overcrowding in the southern section of Virginia Beach. The school also serves as the middle school campus for deaf and hearing impaired students.

Great Neck Middle
Opening Date: 1983
First Principal: Frank Peele
Interesting Facts: The design for the original building was taken from a Norfolk public school – Azalea Gardens Junior High.

The original Great Neck Middle building opened in 1961 and was named after Frank W. Cox, a former superintendent of Virginia Beach City Public Schools. Great Neck Middle served as Frank W. Cox High from 1961 until 1983 (22 years). The original plans for Great Neck Middle called for the school to be named Northeast Junior High, which reflected the geographic location of the school in relation to the city of Virginia Beach. But due to the immediate need of a high school, the new building was named Frank W. Cox High instead.

A groundbreaking ceremony for the new Great Neck Middle building, at a cost of $46.5 million was held Oct. 5, 2009. The new Great Neck Middle opened its doors in January 2012.

Independence Middle
Opening Date: 1974
First Principal: Lottie Waters
Interesting Facts: Independence Middle is one of three schools with identical floor plans which were completed in 1974.

Independence Middle opened its doors to students in September 1974 as a junior high, serving students in grades six through eight. This was the year that Virginia Beach City Public Schools achieved the long-sought-after goal of removing eighth and ninth grade students from the high schools.

Kempsville Middle
Opening Date: 1969
First Principal: Charles Perkinson
Interesting Facts:

Kempsville Middle opened in September 1969 as a junior high. The school was dedicated April 12, 1970, with Senator Harry F. Byrd, Jr. as the speaker. The school originally housed 1, 400 eighth and ninth grade students from the Kempsville area of Virginia Beach.

Spigel, Carter, Zinkl, and Herman designed the school and it was constructed by Conrad Brothers, Inc.

Landstown Middle
Opening Date: 1992
First Principal: George McGovern
Interesting Facts: Landstown is a unique physical structure in that it is the only school that is conjoined with an elementary school. The two schools share one cafeteria that serves both the elementary and middle school students breakfast and lunch.

Construction began on the combined Landstown Middle School/Landstown Elementary School in early 1991 and the school opened in the fall of 1992.


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