WELCOME TO I. C. NORCOM HIGH SCHOOL
Home of the "Mighty Greyhounds"
-- Esse Quam Videri --
To Be Rather Than To Seem
P u r s u i n g A c a d e m i c S u c c e s s
- Colors: Maroon and Grey
- Nickname: Greyhounds
HISTORY AND BACKGROUND
Israel Charles Norcom
I. C. Norcom High School is one of three high schools in the city of Portsmouth,
Virginia. It is located in the Mount Hermon-Taylorville section of the city
on the corner of Turnpike Road and Frederick Boulevard and surrounded by
residential housing, a federal housing community, and commercial property.
The school, originally known as the High Street School, was founded in 1913
as the first high school for black students and was located in the True
Reformers Building at 915 High Street. After World War I it was relocated
at the corner of Chestnut and South Streets. The present building opened
in February, 1953.
is scheduled to be opened September,
The school was renamed I. C. Norcom in 1953 in honor of its first supervising
principal, Israel Charles Norcom (1856-1916). Mr. Norcom was described as
a pioneer educator, leader of his people, churchman, civic leader, businessman,
fraternalist, guidance counselor, and an outstanding citizen. It is said
that Mr. Norcom guided with intelligence and wisdom, led with firmness,
dignity and understanding, aimed high, and visualized expanding educational
facilities for his race in Portsmouth.
Succeeding principals have carried on the Norcom tradition. Mr. W. E. Waters,
principal from 1942 to 1966, did not merely copy existing educational models,
but rather tailored the school's operations to meet the special needs of
its students. In 1966 A. T. Edwards succeeded Mr. Waters as the principal
of I. C. Norcom which by that time had grown to an enrollment of 1,920 students
housed in a facility built to accommodate 1,400 students. Upon his retirement,
Mr. E. Blair was appointed principal. Mr. L. Wallace and Mr. V. Randall
served as principals after Mr. E. Blair's tenure. Mr. V. Randall was succeeded
by Dr. DeWayne Jeter. Mr. Walter Taylor became principal of I. C. Norcom
High School in the fall of 1996.
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