Red Hill Elementary School

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Red Hill Elementary School is an Albemarle County public elementary school providing pre-K through 5th grade. Students from Red Hill will attend Walton Middle School and graduate from Monticello High School. [1]

At the beginning of the 2019 school year, Red Hill reported an enrollment of 214 students in grades pre-K through 5th grade. [2]

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In the early twentieth century, children in the Red Hill community were taught in the home of J.N. Faris. As the student population grew, it soon became evident that the workload was beyond Faris' resources and, in 1905, Red Hill Elementary was built. Originally the school consisted of three rooms and three teachers. By 1918 the faculty had grown to six people. However, the original school was destroyed by fire in 1920 and was not fully rebuilt until 1922. A temporary low-frame replacement was built by community members soon after the blaze. The Daily Progress reported that "everybody that could drive a nail or carry a plank was called." [3]

The school continued to grow throughout the twentieth century and in 1980 the main building that stands today was opened, maintaining a remnant of its past in the form of a 1972 addition known affectionately as "the pod."[4]

In 2009, the county had commissioned a study to see if there would be savings in consolidating Red Hill with Yancey Elementary School and Scottsville Elementary School. [5]

Preparing for the 21st Century

In 2019, work got underway on a second phase of renovations at the school that have a budget of $6.2 million. [6] They are intended to be ready by the start of the 2021-2022 academic year. [7] A new 6,300 square foot gymnasium is under construction. The existing gym is being converted into a media center. [8]


The current principal of Red Hill Elementary is Nancy McCullen.

The following is a list of people who have served as principal.[1]

Term Principal
2018 - present Nancy McCullen
2005 - 2018 Art Stow
2001 - 2005 Sidney Tate
1996 - 2001 Debora Collins
1982 - 1996 Richard Spitler
1979 - 1982 Donn Goodwin
1971 - 1979 Dennis Kendrick
1966 - 1971 Joseph Trice
1958 - 1966 Charles Witt
1956 - 1958 Edwin Logan
1955 - 1956 Thomas Alverson
1946 - 1955 Henry Burruss
1937 - 1946 Joel Kidd
1931 - 1937 Harold Swartz
1928 - 1929 Geo Dunn
1927 - 1928 W. Rowan
1924 - 1925 S. Spraker


Red Hill Elementary is located at 3901 Red Hill School Road.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Web. Red Hill Elementary School Fact Sheet, retrieved November 18, 2019.
  2. Web. Meriwether Lewis Elementary School, School Quality Profile, Virginia Department of Education, retrieved November 18, 2019.
  3. Web. Red Hill School Rebuilt in Hurry, Daily, Daily Progress Digitzed Microfilm, University of Virginia Library, January 24, 1920, retrieved June 28, 2015.
  4. Web. School Profile, Albemarle County Public Schools, retrieved May 31, 2012.
  5. Web. Yancey decision retains critical piece of community's fabric, Aaron Richardson, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, October 13, 2012, retrieved October 17, 2012.
  6. Web. Red Hill Elementary School in Albemarle Co. to Receive $5.3 Million Renovation, Carly Kemper, News Article, WVIR NBC29, June 16, 2019, retrieved June 24, 2019.
  7. Web. FES Quarterly Report - January 2021, Quarterly Report, Albemarle County Department of Facilities and Environmental Services, January 2021, retrieved January 20, 2021.
  8. Web. FES Quarterly Report – April 2021, News Article, Albemarle County Department of Facilities and Environmental Services, April 2021, retrieved April 24, 2021.

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