The first public school that was built in the United States was built by George Washington. It was built down on Harrison Lane, and the foundation is still there today. Right out in the woods, right out there about 100 yards is the stone foundation for that school house, and the house right there on the corner is built out of the material that was torn down from that school house.
Before Mount Vernon High School was built, which was opened in 1940, they went to school in Lee Jackson High School in Alexandria on Duke Street. That took care of the territory from Alexandria to Woodbridge to Annandale. You know where the old Groveton grammar school is? At the time they built that little school it had eight small rooms to it, but the people in this area got up in arms and wanted to know where they was going to get enough children to fill that school!
When they built Mount Vernon they didn't have any gym. Groveton High School was the first high school built in Fairfax County that had a track or stadium that was built by the School Board. Before Mount Vernon when they played basketball they went to Fort Belvoir and played in the Quonset hut down there at Fort Belvoir. They didn't have an auditorium. When they had a commencement exercise, they went to the Reed Theater in Alexandria.