Woodrow Wilson High School Yearbooks, 1921-2001

Woodrow Wilson High School has a history dating back to 1885, when a high school was first organized at The Academy on Glasgow Street. The school moved several times, first to Green Street in 1886, then to High Street in 1919 where it was renamed Woodrow Wilson High School. In 1955, it moved again to Willett Drive. In 1993, the Portsmouth School Board decided to move Woodrow Wilson High School to the Elmhurst Lane site, formerly known as Manor High School. The school became the “New Generation” of Cradock Admirals, Manor Mustangs, and Wilson Presidents. In 2005, the building on Willet Drive was turned over to the city and was later torn down in 2009. The school’s colors were changed back to the original royal blue and orange at the beginning of the 2005-2006 school year.

The yearbooks of Wilson High School in Portsmouth, Virginia, were first called ‘The Student’, but were traditionally titled ‘The President’ since 1924. However, in 1994, this custom ceased, and since then, the yearbooks have been published under an array of different titles, updated annually. This free online collection is incomplete but is still in the process of being scanned. Hopefully, additional volumes will be added soon. These yearbooks were loaned by the Portsmouth Public Library to be scanned by the Library of Virginia. If the title and year is linked, then the yearbook is currently online for free. Ancestry has the years of 1921-1985 in their yearbook collection.



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