After World War II, African American community leaders from four of our local counties gathered to pool their resources and petition Virginia for a high school for Black students. It opened in Culpeper and was named George Washington Carver Regional High School. It stood as a beacon for a community dedicated to the promise of education, and many of our community leaders today are active alumni.
The arrival of integration stressed America’s public education, but communities looked into their hearts and realized that academic excellence was key to developing a flexible and talented workforce. Culpeper leaders—Culpeper County Public Schools Director of Career & Technical Education Randi Richards-Lutz, local businessman Chuck Gyory and Mike Dale, for example—created the E-Squared program.
Public education clearly had its role in the latest Virginia Governor’s race. The successful candidate, Glenn Youngkin, put forward a promise to improve funding for Virginia’s schools. During the campaign it was noted that most of Virginia’s high schools are more than 40 years old and, like Culpeper County High School, in need of serious maintenance.
Other serious challenges persist, including the lingering impact of the covid-19 shutdown. Continuing confusion over quarantine rules and vaccinations, for both students and faculty, has made every school district its own center of controversy.