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George Washington School
800 Block of 28th Street - spreading either to 27th Street or 29th Street
Newport News, VA

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George Washington
(22 Feb 1732 - 14 Dec 1799)
George Washington
(22 Feb 1732 - 14 Dec 1799)
    Summer of 2009
    Images by Edna Whitcomb Harrison ('65) of VA - 09/24/09
Thanks, Edna!




Indulge me again, please. I’ve gotten the straight skinny on George Washington Elementary School. While talking today with my  Aunt Tena (Goodson) Hensel (’39) VA, I asked her to verify that she went to G.W. Elementary.

Here is what she said: She attended old Thomas Jefferson Elementary School her first three grades, then matriculated in 1932 to George Washington Elementary “on 28th Street.” It spanned south to 27th and was the same structure as T.J. Elementary.  She said there were only three grades taught at G.W.: fourth grade (Mrs. Burke); fifth grade (Mrs. Ham “a tall distinguished looking woman”); and sixth grade (Mrs. Souder, who also was principal).

Tena remembers three other teachers, who would come one or more days a week: Mrs. Berry (“I believe she taught English. She also drove a really old car that we always made fun of it.”); Mrs. Cox, who taught hand writing; and Mrs. Hays, who taught music.  Tena then went to seventh grade at Walter Reed Elementary School followed by high school at NNHS.

Tena reminded me that there were only four years of high school, described then as one, two, three, and four, the latter being the senior year. This represented 11 years of school, so Tena graduated when she was 16 years old. Of course she turned 17 on Sept. 16, 1939, which makes her celebration next week the 87th birthday. She still looks terrific and lives a full life.

- Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 09/07/09
Thanks, Norm - and Tena!


(This page was created on 09/08/09.)

Yankee Doodle

Father and I went down to camp
Along with Captain Gooding
And there we saw the men and boys
As thick as hasty pudding.

Yankee doodle, keep it up
Yankee doodle dandy
Mind the music and the step
And with the girls be handy.

There was Captain Washington
Upon a slapping stallion
A-giving orders to his men
I guess there was a million.


And then the feathers on his hat
They looked so' tarnal fin-a
I wanted pockily to get
To give to my Jemima.


And then we saw a swamping gun
Large as a log of maple
Upon a deuced little cart
A load for father's cattle.


And every time they shoot it off
It takes a horn of powder
It makes a noise like father's gun
Only a nation louder.


I went as nigh to one myself
As' Siah's underpinning
And father went as nigh agin
I thought the deuce was in him.
We saw a little barrel, too
The heads were made of leather
They knocked upon it with little clubs
And called the folks together.


And there they'd fife away like fun
And play on cornstalk fiddles
And some had ribbons red as blood
All bound around their middles.
The troopers, too, would gallop up
And fire right in our faces
It scared me almost to death
To see them run such races.


Uncle Sam came there to change
Some pancakes and some onions
For' lasses cake to carry home
To give his wife and young ones.


But I can't tell half I see
They kept up such a smother
So I took my hat off, made a bow
And scampered home to mother.


Cousin Simon grew so bold
I thought he would have cocked it
It scared me so I streaked it off
And hung by father's pocket.


And there I saw a pumpkin shell
As big as mother's basin
And every time they touched it off
They scampered like the nation.

Other Verses:

And there was Captain Washington,
With gentlefolks about him,
They say he's gown so 'tarnal proud
He will not ride without them.


There came Gen'ral Washington
Upon a snow-white charger
He looked as big as all outdoors
And thought that he was larger.


"Yankee Doodle/Yankee Doodle Dandy Medley" midi courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 02/09/05
Thanks, Dave! 

"Yankee Doodle" lyrics courtesy of
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 02/09/05
Thanks again, Dave!

Charles Willson Peale 1772 Portrait of Washington courtesy of - 02/22/05 (still missing...)
Replaced courtesy of - 02/21/09

Gilbert Stuart Portrait of Washington courtesy of - 02/22/05 (re-saved 02/21/09)

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