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Colonial Beach High School

In October of 1988, more than 20 years ago, the "New" Colonial Beach High School opened. It was dedicated with many officials in attendance, including keynote speaker, Senator Chuck Robb.

The uniqueness of the situation was that this place was built with private money raised ($750,000.00) to pay the interest on a Literary Fund loan from the State. The last payment on that loan was made in 2009.

The five long years of fundraising was a real unifying time in our town and was recently celebrated at the School.

There were light refreshments served during this open house for all in town to see the interior. Dr. Don Warner, who was Superintendent of Schools back then also made an appearance. Students served as hosts and hostesses for this event commemorating a true "Miracle on First Street". It appears that no one else in the State, as we have been able to determine, has ever built a public school with private money.

The school was built by the generous donations of time and money of the people of the town. In addition, numerous fund raisers took place including constructing a house to sell and brick-throwing contests.

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It was truly an accomplishment of private citizens which were told many times that it couldn't be done! Ha! Boy, were those people proven wrong!

The school continues to flourish, in addition to the many academic accolades, a State Champion basketball team and a multi-award-winning baseball team the school is also home base for the region's semi-pro football team, the Northern Neck Rivermen

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