The School Board of the City of Virginia Beach voted to name Dr. Donald Robertson Jr. as superintendent at its meeting Jan. 23. A native of Hampton Roads, Dr. Robertson began his career as a math teacher with Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) in 1988 and progressed in leadership roles including assistant principal of Bayside High School, principal of Salem High School, chief strategy and innovation officer, chief schools officer, chief of staff and acting superintendent.
Home to three schools from 1951–Present, Beach Middle is located on 600 25th Street approximately six blocks from the Atlantic Ocean. VBMS serves the oceanfront resort area and surrounding neighborhoods in the City of Virginia Beach. Constructed in 1951, the building has been home to Virginia Beach High School (1952-1966), Virginia Beach Junior High School (1966-1992) and Virginia Beach Middle School (1992-present).
Several additions and renovations have helped the facility keep pace with the changing needs of education. In 1963, an entire wing (100 hall) was built and extensions were added to the 200 hall, 300 hall, and the cafeteria. During the 1976-77 school year, we added a new gym and two new health rooms, and enlarged the wrestling room, the library, and the administrative areas. Food preparation facilities were also enlarged that year.
In the summer of 1981, an extensive renovation of the home economics lab was completed.
A decade later, during the 1991-92 school year, the school was renamed Virginia Beach Middle School to accommodate the citywide transition to Middle Schools. In the summer of 1993, major renovations occurred in the office area, guidance, and school hallways. The last renovations were completed in the summer of 1999, with work being done on the kitchen.
In 2008, plans and preparations for a new building to house the students and faculty of VBMS were set in motion. The students and staff entered the newly-constructed VBMS on March 29, 2010. The new building was constructed with three floors, one for each grade level, and added rooms for the Gifted Art Program Academy. It features a state-of-the-art auditorium and schola, and is a wonderful site conducive to learning.