School History: James Lee Elementary School

Remembering Our Past

James Lee Elementary School opened on February 6, 1948, and was closed in June 1966. The majority of James Lee students were integrated into Fairhill, Pine Spring, Stenwood, and Woodburn elementary schools. The building subsequently housed overflow classes from Devonshire Elementary School, and was later used by FCPS for administrative offices. The building currently houses the James Lee Community Center.

Photograph of students in the cafeteria at James Lee Elementary School.
James Lee Elementary School, May 26, 1953.
Photograph of the front exterior of James Lee Elementary School.
James Lee Elementary School, 1954.


Map showing the location of James Lee Elementary School.
Current Address: 2855 Annandale Road, Falls Church, Virginia 22042

Land Records

  • Fairfax County Liber J, No. 13, Folio 546: March 29, 1939, 2.63 acres from Horace E. Brown, Administrator of the Estate of James Lee.
  • Fairfax County Deed Book 458, Page 376: July 20, 1945, 1.048 acres from Russell Lee and Nancy Lewis Lee, his wife.

Construction Records

  • Designed by architects W. Irving Dixon and Macon G. Norman
  • Contract award date, contractor, and project cost research in progress.


The following persons once taught at James Lee Elementary School.

  • Ruth S. Branch
  • Julia Hall Brockman
  • Bettie Ingram Cooley
  • Deloise M. Corbin
  • Annie M. Costner
  • Deloris Hawkins Evans
  • Jean Wheeler Felton
  • Ruby Greene Gordon
  • Nellie S. Grayson
  • Ida L. Harris
  • Mary Ellen Henderson (Principal)
  • William L. Jones (Principal)
  • Augustus L. Lacey (Principal)
  • Remell T. Lomax
  • Ida W. Murchison
  • Margaret Murrell
  • Barbara A. Ridley
  • Mary Towns Robb
  • Margery D. Robinson
  • Ruth S. Robinson
  • Marion Thompkins Ross
  • Lola V. Saunders
  • Isaac E. Street
  • Arthenia L. Trail
  • Marjorie Williams Weeks
  • Alice A. Williams
  • Taylor M. Williams (Principal)

Memories of James Lee Elementary School

In this video, Paul L. Jones, Jr. shares memories of his school days at the one and two-room schools in Merrifield, the Falls Church School, and James Lee Elementary School.