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Israel Charles Norcom High School

 
 
Israel Charles Norcom High School Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cynthia L. Clark, February 2, 2018
1. Israel Charles Norcom High School Marker
Inscription. I.C. Norcom (1856-1916) was an African American educator and administrator who served Portsmouth schools for more than 30 years. The first school to bear his name opened in 1920 three quarters of a mile southeast of here. Principal William E. Riddick and vice principal Lavinia M. Weaver led it for decades. The school moved into a new building nearby in 1937 and again relocated to a new facility, about a mile southwest of here, in 1953. The school’s academic, athletic, and cultural programs were central to the community. Students conducted sit-ins to desegregate Portsmouth lunch counters in 1960, and alumni became local, state, and national leaders. Norcom High School moved here in 1998.
 
Erected 2017 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number Q-81.)
 
Location. 36° 50.236′ N, 76° 19.199′ W. Marker is in Portsmouth, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of London Boulevard (Virginia Route 141) and Ruth Brown Way, on the right when traveling east on London Boulevard. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1801 London Blvd, Portsmouth VA 23704, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cedar Grove Cemetery (approx. 0.7 miles away); John Luke Porter
Israel Charles Norcom High School Marker. image. Click for full size.
By Cynthia L. Clark, February 2, 2018
2. Israel Charles Norcom High School Marker.
The marquee (background) shows the school mascot, “Greyhounds.”
(approx. 0.7 miles away); The Confederate Section (approx. 0.7 miles away); Chevra T'helim Synagogue (approx. 0.8 miles away); Ruth Brown (approx. 0.8 miles away); Emanuel A.M.E. Church (approx. 0.8 miles away); Matilda Sissieretta Joyner Jones (approx. 0.8 miles away); Portsmouth Naval Hospital (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Portsmouth.
 
More about this marker. The marker was unveiled on January 26, 2018. The school is more commonly known as “I.C. Norcom High School"
 
Also see . . .
1. New Historical Marker Commemorates the Role of Educator I.C. Norcom in Portsmouth. The Virginian-Pilot (pilotonline.com) (Submitted on February 3, 2018, by Cynthia L. Clark of Suffolk, Virginia.) 

2. I.C. Norcom High School website. (Submitted on February 3, 2018, by Cynthia L. Clark of Suffolk, Virginia.)
 
Categories. African AmericansEducation
 
Israel Charles Norcom High School Marker. image. Click for full size.
By Cynthia L. Clark, February 2, 2018
3. Israel Charles Norcom High School Marker.
I.C. Norcom High School and its marker. image. Click for full size.
By Cynthia L. Clark, February 2, 2018
4. I.C. Norcom High School and its marker.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 5, 2018. This page originally submitted on February 3, 2018, by Cynthia L. Clark of Suffolk, Virginia. This page has been viewed 35 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 3, 2018, by Cynthia L. Clark of Suffolk, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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