ABOUT HRA
Student Life
The Wall of Honor was created to honor a member of the school community who has made a significant (both in terms of time and impact) contribution to the betterment of Hampton Roads Academy. 

The purpose of the recognition would be to identify individuals who have influenced in a lasting way the direction and quality of HRA. Induction takes place on Founders Day. In recognition, a bronze plaque is mounted on the Wall of Honor located in the Phillips Commons.

Inductees

List of 23 items.

  • Kenneth E. Jenkins

    Recognized on Founders Day, April 17, 2014
    HRA 1985-2012
    Science teacher and coach who inspired, engaged and
    encouraged HRA students for nearly three decades.
  • James V. P. Taylor

    Recognized on Founders Day, April 17, 2014
    HRA 1983-2012
    Science teacher and coach who inspired, engaged and
    encouraged HRA students for nearly three decades.
  • Dr. Thomas A. Wash

    Inducted on April 18, 2013
    Board of Trustees 1969-1988: Chair 1972-1974
    Dr. Wash facilitated HRA's most significant and continuous program for financial aid grants, with more than $1.3 million awarded since 1983.
    Named Trustee Emeritus for outstanding and dedicated leadership.
  • Lawrence R. Cunningham

    Inducted on April 19, 2012
    Faculty 1979-2008
    A teacher, coach, administrator and the colorful voice of the Navigators, Larry is recognized for his dedication to students and the HRA community as a whole.
  • Rona Mound Drucker

    Inducted on April 21, 2011
    HRA Board of Trustee 1969-1978
    Established Parents Association, Development Office, Spring Carnival, Founders Day Festival and chaired fundraising efforts. Strong advocate of expanding to full Pre-K – 12 curriculum at the only non-parochial private school on the Peninsula.
  • M. Woodroof Hiden Hussey

    Inducted on April 21, 2010
    Hampton Roads Academy Board of Trustees 1959-1971.
    Responsible for obtaining the 75 acres of land from the Hiden family for $500 an acre, upon which the school was built.
  • Blanche Rabinowitz

    Inducted on April 21, 2009
    Drama Director
    1974-1982
    Pioneered the drama program at HRA. Encouraged her students to act, direct, create and grow in their dramatic skills. Energized the campus and challenged both the students and the administration to grow.
  • James (Jake) B. Thomas, Jr.

    Inducted on April 17, 2008
    Hampton Roads Academy Board of Trustees 1980-1989,
    Chair 1986-1988
    A tireless worker and HRA advocate who showed exemplary leadership and loyalty during his tenure on the Board and in the years since.
  • Charles R. Spencer, Jr.

    Inducted on April 27, 2006
    Board of Trustees 1978-1989 Chairman 1984-1986
    An HRA leader and supporter whose commitment and involvement spans two generations.
  • K. Franklin Spoor

    Inducted on April 27, 2006
    Hampton Roads Academy teacher 1966-1986
    A teacher, dedicated to learning, who gave endlessly of himself and his time and whose principles are grounded in honor and trust.
  • Eleanor J. Day

    Inducted on April 27, 2005
    Faculty 1968-1995
    A librarian, teacher and counselor who possessed unending patience and genuine concern for her students.
  • Ann B. Fichter

    Inducted on April 25, 2002
    Faculty 1971-1998
    A teacher of math who maintained the highest standards and greatest concern for each student.
  • Nancy L. Richwine

    Inducted on April 25, 2002
    Faculty 1974-1999
    A coach, teacher, mentor and friend of students and teachers, “Sparky” was a wonderful mix of hard work, devotion and fun.
  • Katherine W. Booth

    Inducted on April 25, 2002
    Faculty 1971-1994
    Math teacher, development director and admission director, Kitty’s first love was teaching and encouraging her students.
  • Albert Fitchett

    Inducted on April 25, 2001
    Custodian 1959-1982
    Although not a classroom teacher, he taught much to the HRA community about loyalty, respect,
    friendship…about humanity.
  • Dr. Edward V. Siegel

    Inducted on April 25, 2001
    Board of Organizers
    Board of Trustees 1959-1970 Chairman 1961-1963
    One of the founding fathers who was instrumental in transforming a dream into the reality we call Hampton Roads Academy.
  • Hal D. Tayloe

    Inducted on April 25, 2001
    Faculty 1980-2000
    Not only an engaging teacher, but also a devoted fan, humorist, adviser and friend to so many.
  • Dr. Russell Buxton

    Inducted on April 27, 2000
    Board of Organizers
    Board of Trustees 1959-1988 Chairman 1959-1961
    A leader from the Academy’s earliest days, Dr. Buxton continued to serve through two generations of students.
  • Joseph E. Carpenter

    Inducted on April 27, 2000
    Board of Trustees 1959-1989
    Chairman 1978-1980
    A leader in the effort to build the school gym, no one served on the Board longer than Mr. Carpenter.
  • Dr. Robert E. Cox

    Inducted on April 27, 2000
    Headmaster 1972-1987
    Dr. Cox helped to transform Hampton Roads Academy from a school working to establish itself to one demonstrating academic leadership.
  • Col. David W. Dick

    Inducted on April 27, 2000
    Faculty 1963-1980
    One who taught biology and so much more to students, Colonel Dick was considered HRA’s renaissance man.
  • Pauline Trimpi

    Inducted on April 27, 2000
    Board of Organizers
    Board of Trustees 1959-1986 Chairman 1965-1967
    Involved from the first days of planning for the school, Mrs. Trimpi is described by some as the “mother” of HRA.
  • William H. Ferguson

    Inducted on April 27, 2000
    Board of Organizers
    Board of Trustees 1959-1989
    An early organizer, Bill Ferguson helped to define long term commitment at Hampton Roads Academy.

School Information

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