Taylor Through the Ages William Charlton Taylor was a beloved African-American educator who served as a teacher and administrator in both Prince William and Fauquier Counties for 65 years. He last served as principal of Rosenwald High School, once located directly across the street from Taylor High School, which was named in his honor. Despite shifting student populations—from high school to junior high to middle school—the school retained its namesake. When integration became mandatory in the fall of 1969, Taylor High School became a junior high. Motivated by William Chichester (’64), high school classes that had graduated between 1954 and 1969 began to have reunions almost immediately. It started with the class of 1964 but soon evolved into group reunions with graduates invited from all classes. (See article on the 2017 reunion on pages 20–21.) The current reunion committee consists of both longtime and new members: Taylor High School reunions would not have continued throughout the decades had it not been for the efforts of Earsaline Anderson,’64. She has been on the reunion committee since its inception and recruited the help of her husband, Richard,’61, shortly thereafter! Ruth Nelson came to Taylor Junior High School as an assistant principal in the fall of 1990, serving in that capacity until early 1994, when the principal retired and she was named Earsaline & Richard acting principal. That fall she became principal, continuing in that role through Anderson June of 2017. Taylor shifted from a junior high (grades 7–9) to a middle school (grades 6–8) in 1995. She and her husband Rich were delighted to attend the Taylor High School reunion. Taylor Middle School’s current principal Nick Napolitano, along Rich Umbel & with his wife Stephanie, were honored Ruth Nelson Umbel to attend what could be the last Taylor High School reunion to be held in the graduates’ alma mater. With plans for constructing a new middle school that may consolidate students from both Taylor and Warrenton Middle Schools into a single building, there is a chance that the new school will have a different name. Along with many Taylor High School graduates, Mr. Napolitano hopes that the Stephanie & Nick Taylor name will continue. He addressed Napolitano attendees at another reunion weekend event, citing words on the reunion invitation, which spoke about the school: “When it was created, it was a blessed event that symbolized a significant and important part of the history in Fauquier County.” Mr. Napolitano was struck by these formidable words and hopes to apply them to the new middle school. “How William C. 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