As John Handley High School celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, we are cognizant that Winchester’s Black students were not part of Handley from its beginning, due to racial segregation. Black students became an integral part of Handley beginning in 1963, with the school becoming fully integrated in the fall of 1966.
A review of Handley’s full history requires an examination of segregation and desegregation in Winchester. We commend to the Handley community a panel discussion sponsored by the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley to occur on Sunday, February 4 at 3:00 p.m. at the MSV, described as follows:
The landmark 1954 Supreme Court ruling in Brown v Board of Education set the stage for the desegregation of American public
schools. Inspired by the MSV exhibition Contributions: African Americans in the Shenandoah Valley, this presentation will feature
individuals who lived through school integration in this region, sharing their experiences and integration’s impact.
The panel will be moderated by Handley Class of 1982 graduate Candace Davenport. Serving on the panel to share personal experiences will be Handley Class of 1971 graduate and former coach and faculty member Tom Dixon, as well as others from the area who experienced segregation and integration as members of the Black community.