Students Celebrate Burke School’s 75th Anniversary

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Burke Connection
By Tim Peterson
April 30, 2015

Virginia Lee Fowler Hyer is the oldest of seven girls who used to live in the “top of the hill” home now referred to as the Silas Burke House. She attended Burke School from 1944 through 1949 and on April 23, crossed the building’s threshold again to witness a program celebrating its 75th anniversary.

“It was fantastic, the program was so well done,” Fowler Hyer, a former Fairfax County Public Schools teacher, said. “The students were amazing, the way they were involved.”

The mornings program featured speeches from Supervisors Pat Herrity (R-Springfield) and John Cook (R-Braddock), a history lesson from Col. Silas Burke himself (alter-identity of Jon Vrana, president of the Burke Historical Society), a fashion show where current students modeled school fashions from previous decades, and a presentation of items to go in the school’s time capsule (read more).