Chesterbrook VA 1950s - Photo #11

   
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[See Chesterbrook School yearbooks 1954-55]

Chesterbrook school some time between 1953 and 1955. Due to the influx of veterans to the area, Quonset huts were added to accommodate the overflow, and after that a new wing was added in 1953, which is prominent in the photo. But even that was not enough. All the years I went to school there we had two grades in most classrooms, many years we only went half-days, and one year we even had classes in the church basement. I had classes in quonset huts all the way through high school. After the war you could buy a surplus one for $200. Whole towns were built with Quonset huts for the families of returning veterans. Gerald Ford bought one, converted it into a house trailer, and campaigned for Congress in it in 1948.

Click here to see 1954 and 1955 Chesterbrook School yearbooks.

This photo from 1956 (sorry, not in color) shows that the Chesterbrook Little League often used the school playground in its first year. That's me, batting for Bray's Esso:

Little League game 1956