Booker T. Washington High School (Norfolk, Virginia)

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Booker T. Washington High School
BookerT logo Norfolk.jpg
1111 Park Avenue
Norfolk, Virginia, 23504
United States
School type Public, high school
Founded 1911
School district Norfolk City Public Schools
Superintendent Dr. Samuel T. King
Principal Mrs. Adrian Day
Assistant principals Mr. Dave Jacobs, Mr.Patrick McMillan, Mrs. Latesha Wade-Jenkins, Mrs. Amy Strickland
Grades 9–12
Language English
Campus City
Color(s) Maroon, White and Gold               
Athletics conference Virginia High School League
AAA Eastern Region
Eastern District
Mascot Gladiator AKA The Fighting Bookers or The Mighty Bookers
Rival I.C. Norcom High School and Lake Taylor High School

Booker T. Washington High School is a public high school located in Norfolk, Virginia. It is administered by Norfolk Public Schools system. The school colors are Maroon, White and Gold. The school is referred to as the “The Mighty Booker T” and the “Fighting Bookers.] in Norfolk, Virginia.

Mission Statement[edit]

Booker T. Washington High School is committed to being a premier urban high school by working collaboratively with parents and community members to provide a challenging and diverse education in a safe and orderly environment for ALL students. This partnership will produce students who are critical thinkers, lifelong learners and productive citizens in a global society.
The mission of Booker T. Washington High School is shared by all Norfolk Public Schools. Booker T. Washington exits to ensure that all students maximize their academic potential, develop skills for lifelong learning and are successful contributors to a global society, as distinguished by:
• Courageous advocacy for all students
• Family and community investment
• Data-driven personalized learning
• Strong and effective leadership teams
• Shared responsibility for teaching and learning
• Access to rigorous and rewarding college and career readiness opportunities


Booker T. Washington High School also known as Booker T, BTW or Washington High School. The school was named in honor of Booker Taliaferro Washington (April 5, 1856 – November 14, 1915) who was an African-American educator, author, orator, and adviser to presidents of the United State. The school dates back to April 1911, when the Norfolk School Board agreed to endorse one year of high school learning in connection with elementary school at John T. West School. In 1912, a second year was added and, in 1913, a third year was included. In May 1914, the State Board of Education endorsed the high school and the local board passed as act which gave Virginia its first accredited public high school for Negroes.

The following year saw such rapid growth that the board was forced to move to the high school site on Princess Anne Road. This site was officially occupied in 1917 and its name was immediately changed to Booker T. Washington High School. In 1924, keeping pace with its own rapid growth, a new and then modern Booker T. Washington High School opened on Virginia Beach Boulevard with a student body of 1750 in grades 7 – 12 and a faculty of 63 teachers. During the 1920s and 1930s under the leadership of Mr. Winston Douglas, Booker T. Washington rose to new heights of glory, earning the name “The Mighty Booker T” and the “Fighting Bookers.”

In 1961, Mr. Albert Preston took the helm and guided Booker T. Washington High School through many major social, economic and educational changes with unaltered determination and quiet dignity.

In September 1974, a new era began for Booker T. Washington High School. A modern eight million dollar plant was opened. The formal dedication was on Sunday, February 9, 1975. Dr. Thomas Newby was appointed principal in December, 1977. Under his leadership, Booker T. Washington continued its quest for excellence and service to the community. When Dr. Newby retired in 1994, Mr. Joel R. Wagner became principal. He served until 2002 when Mrs. Cynthia Watson took the helm. Mr. Kevin Monroe held the reigns as the top BTW administrator until the summer of 2013. Mrs. Adrian Day became principal in the fall of 2013-14.

The current facility, on Park Avenue, opened in 1974.

Booker T. Washington High Alma Mater[edit]

Composed by: Phyllis Hoggard now ( Phyllis Hoggard Walker ) & Wanza Sulton Class of 1960

Oh dear, old Booker T,
Our love for thee will never die.
We’ll love these halls, adore these walls,
As all the years go by.
We’ll always sing your praises.
And of your glories tell.
Then, when we leave, forget you never.
Booker T. forever.

We’re striving hard to reach,
The goal that you prepared us for.
We’ll always meet the challenge;
For knowledge we implore
Booker T., our Alma Mater,
Dear ole Booker T.,
In heart and mind, our fondest love
Shall yours forever be.

Sports at Booker T[edit]

Clubs and Organizations[edit]

Academic Teams Scholastic Bowl -Mr. Zan McMurtry Debate Forensics- Mrs. Kirsten Bradley
DECA Club (An Association of Marketing Students)- Mrs. Tonya Harvey
French National Honor Society- Mrs. Syvia N’Golet
National Art Honor Society- Mrs. Kellette Elliott
FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America)- Ms. Natarsha Oliver
FEA (Future Educators of America)-Mrs. Maria P. Williams-Giddens
FHA/FCCLA (Future Homemakers of America)-Ms. Demeatice Reed
Model United Nations -Mrs. Cienai Wright-Wilkins
National Honor Society-Mrs. Alma Hilbert
NJROTC (Naval Junior Reserves Officers Training Corps)- CWO3 Crear/ ———–
Spanish Honor Society-Mrs. Pura Bellido
Tri-Music Honor Society- Mr. Clifford Cox
Technology Student Association (TSA)
Future Problem Solvers-Mrs. Allison Ackerman
German Honor Society- Mr. Bill Beckner
Japanese Honor Society-Mrs. Tomoko Stone
Latin Honor Society

Sports Teams[edit]


Athletic Director-Ms. Robin Williams Cross Country-Boys/Girls-Mr. Marvin Henry
Field Hockey-Ms. Rachel Davy
Football-Varsity-Mr. James Flowers
Football-Junior Varsity-Mr. Joshua Hyman
Golf Tennis-Boys-Mr. Thomas Rusnak
Tennis-Girls-Mrs. Victoria Horton
Volleyball-Girls-Ms. Aimee Veatch
Volleyball-Boys-Ms. Shana Purvis
Basketball-Boys Varsity-Mr. Darren Sanderlin
Basketball-Girls Varsity-Ms. Tiffani Jackson
Basketball-Boys Junior Varsity-Mr. Carlton Clemons
Basketball-Girls Junior Varsity Swimming-Girls-Ms. Rachel Davy
Swimming-Boys-Mr. Cherrod Taylor
Wrestling-Mr. Gaskins Reynolds/Xavier Bell

Spring Sports[edit]

Baseball-Varsity-Mr. John Tolson
Baseball-Junior Varsity Soccer-Girls-Mr. Cherrod Taylor
Soccer-Boys-Mr. Andrew Nelson
Softball-Girls Varsity-Mrs. Christina Linnette
Track-Boys-Mr. Marlon Fields
Track-Girls-Ms. Aimee Veatch
Cheerleading-Varsity- Ms. Janet Dennis
Cheerleading-Junior Varsity

Student Government[edit]

Academic Advisor-Mrs. Cienai Wright-Wilkins
SCA (Student Government Association)-Mrs. Ciena Wright-Wilkins
Freshman Class-Mr. Christopher Hill
Sophomore Class-. Kalliopi Margaritis
Junior Class-Mrs. Allison Ackerman
Senior Class-Mrs. Mrs. Krista Seager

Fine Arts[edit]

Academy Of The Arts-Mr. Dean McDowell, Director
Director Of Bands-Mr. Dean McDowell
Chorus-Mrs. Yvette Wyatt
Dance Team
B.T.W. Dance Troupe

Production Clubs[edit]

Newspaper-Ms. Danette Holmes
Literary Magazine-Mrs. Tracy Saravanan
Yearbook (Washingtonian)-Ms. Tressy White

Service Organizations[edit]

Public Relations Key Club BADD Science Club-Mrs. Sarah Pope The Christian Club-Mrs. Leslie Florian-Chavez Nursing Club-Mrs. Veronica Waller Faculty Spirit Club Mentorship Program CHROME Club (Cooperating Hampton Roads Organization for Minorities in Engineering)

Notable alumni[edit]

Coordinates: 36°51′12.1″N 76°15′59.6″W / 36.853361°N 76.266556°W / 36.853361; -76.266556