The man was able to give us the following information: He lived on North Richmond Street, in North Arlington, and the bus ride to the unknown school was short. He mentioned the school was older and made of brick. And when Taylor Elementary School opened the following year in 1953, he switched schools.
After looking at our maps and checking on when specific schools were built, archivist Heather determined that it’s most likely that the patron went to Woodmont Elementary School in the 1952-53 school year. Woodmont was built in 1926, with a few later additions. The other candidate that was farther away, Nottingham, was built in 1952, so it wouldn’t have that “old” feel the patron mentioned. Woodmont is also close enough to North Richmond Street to be considered a short bus ride in 1952.
1952 Arlington property map
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