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South Newport News in Newport News, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Apprentice School

 
 
The Apprentice School Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, February 6, 2021
1. The Apprentice School Marker
Inscription.  The Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company, founded in 1886, quickly became one of the nation's foremost builders of military and commercial ships. An informal apprenticeship program for the training of employees was in place by the 1890s. On 1 July 1919, company president Homer L. Ferguson signed Executive Order 24 formally establishing The Apprentice School. The shipyard paid its apprentices to attend academic classes and to receive training in shipbuilding trades, with a focus on craftsmanship, scholarship, and leadership. More than 10,000 students have graduated from the program. This is the fifth building to house The Apprenticeship School.
 
Erected 2019 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number W 171.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EducationIndustry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels.
 
Location. 36° 58.908′ N, 76° 25.979′ W. Marker is in South Newport News in Newport News, Virginia. Marker is on Washington Avenue just south of 32nd
The (Current) Apprentice School Building image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, February 6, 2021
2. The (Current) Apprentice School Building
Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3101 Washington Ave, Newport News VA 23607, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. West Avenue Library (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Nimitz (approx. 0.2 miles away); United States (approx. 0.2 miles away); Dorothy (approx. 0.2 miles away); Newport News (approx. 0.2 miles away); Virginia (approx. 0.2 miles away); Atlantic (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Great Confederate Naval Victory (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in South Newport News.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 7, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 7, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 34 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 7, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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