Bealeton High School Class of 1941
Looking back at our school days, most of us had a favorite teacher. Maybe it was the one who taught you to read or encouraged you to pursue art. Or maybe it was the teacher who challenged you to achievements that you thought beyond your capabilities. Through all that they do, teachers shape students’ lives; we remember them long after we leave their classrooms.
For Fauquier native George Ripley Robinson, this was certainly true. Before he passed in 2003, Robinson often talked about his time at the now-closed Bealeton High School (BHS). Somehow, the conversation always came back around to his classes with Mr. A. G. Steiner. Steiner taught Industrial Arts where students learned to use basic hand tools and draft building plans among other technical skills. He, more than any other teacher, was responsible for laying the groundwork for the career in trim carpentry that Robinson eventually pursued and at which he excelled.
When Robinson graduated in 1941, he created his own yearbook – the school having made no plans to issue an official one as there were only ten members of the senior class. In it he included portraits of each BHS student, teacher and staff member. A candid photo of Mr. Steiner in his classroom can be found on page 56.
The Fauquier County Public Library is pleased to announce that a copy of Robinson’s unique 1941 Bealeton High School yearbook is now available to view in the Warrenton central library’s Virginiana Room. It joins our growing collection of yearbooks (both rare and more recent) from local schools through which researchers may find invaluable genealogical and historical information. Be sure to stop in and take a look!
∼Frances Allshouse, Bealeton library