Virgil Middle School
|Virgil Middle School|
|152 N. Vermont Avenue
Vermont Avenue and First Street
Los Angeles, California, 90004
|Color(s)||Black/Light Blue, Grey|
|Newspaper||The Tiger's Roar"|
|Alumni||Richard Crenna, actor|
Virgil Middle School, formerly known as Virgil Junior High School, is a middle school in Los Angeles, California. This school is part of the Los Angeles Unified School District and teaches classes to students who range from grades 6 through 8. The present enrollment of Virgil is approximately 2,200 students, down from 2,800 when some of the students were transferred to nearby new schools. Jim Kodani is the current principal.
The Virgil Little Symphony Orchestra was well known for many years. It was started by Vernon Leidig, who later became a Professor of Music at California State University, Los Angeles, from 1950-1985.
Virgil feeds into Belmont High School.
Virgil Middle School is located at 152 North Vermont Avenue in Los Angeles, California. It was called Virgil Intermediate School before it became Virgil Junior High School. The students of this school district are predominately of Mexican-American and hispanic origin, from 86% to as high as 91%. This section of Los Angeles is bordered to the south by Los Angeles Koreatown, to the east by the Rampart section of Los Angeles and to the north by Hollywood.
Construction on the original school began in September 1912 and Virgil opened in 1914. The original school stood on Virgil Avenue, a few blocks from the current location, thus the name. There were originally two hundred seventy-five students and fourteen teachers the first year of the school's operation. Construction was completed in 1916. The student body and faculty had more than doubled by that point in time.
Construction on the second and current location of this school was completed in November, 1931. It possesses an art deco style of architecture. It was at this time that the school was given the name "Virgil Junior High School". The main building had to be rebuilt and the auditorium and annex were reinforced following the earthquake of 1933.
The first principal was Jay B. Millard. He was followed by Roscoe Frasher, Roy A. Arnheim, Mary Comerford, and Paul J. Schwartz during her first 50 years.
Virgil was relieved when Liechty Middle School, at Union Ave. and Wilshire Blvd., opened in 2007  and when Central Los Angeles Area Middle School 3, by Vermont Ave. and 6th Street, opened in 2006.
- The student paper of Virgil Junior High School, the Virgil Voice, was started in 1925.
- The yearbook is called the "Virgiliad."
- Several key scenes in the motion pictures Grease (1978) starring John Travolta and Halls of Anger (1970) starring Jeff Bridges were filmed at Virgil.
- A comedy (short) film called "The Don of Virgil Jr. High" (2007) was filmed at Virgil.
Many famous people have attended Virgil Middle School. Among them are:
- James C. Corman, L.A. City Councilman, U.S. Congressman
- Richard Crenna, actor
- Melvin Gilbert, inventor
- Carole Lombard, actress
- Sean R. Muhammad, author
- Scott Shaw (Class of 1973), author, actor, filmmaker
- Marilyn Monroe, actress
- Norman Neuerburg designer of the Getty villa and well known California Missions art and architectural historian
- Los Angeles Unified School District
- The Little Symphony Orchestra of Virgil Junior High School, Los Angeles
- * Los Angeles Times, Real Estate section, Neighborly Advice column: "Preserving L.A.'s past in Angelino Heights" (13 Feb 2005)
- LAUSD School Profiles
- Los Angeles Schools
- L.A. Schools Project Status
- Belmont High School Alumni News, Belmont Alumni, January, 1997
- IMDB Biography
- Carole Lombard Biography - CaroleLombard.org
- Scott Shaw Frequently Asked Questions, ScottShaw.com
- Virgil Middle School
- NN collection SB mission archive library