McIntosh Elementary School

185 Richneck Road    Newport News, VA 23608    Phone: (757) 886-7767    Fax: (757) 989-0326

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About Our School

Resources for Success 

  • Teacher-designed field trips and class experiences
  • Math/Science/Literacy Night
  • Enrichment Clubs
  • Community Day
  • Career Day Conference
  • Technology Integration

Community and Family Involvement

  • Family Engagement Center
  • PTA membership growth
  • Parent workshops
  • Partnerships with: First Advantage Credit Union, Stevens Memorial Baptist Church,  First Baptist Church

School History

George J. McIntoshMcIntosh Elementary School, which opened in the Denbigh section of Newport News in 1976, is named for George J. McIntosh. A major figure in Newport News Public Schools for many years, Mr. "Mac," as he was fondly known, was the principal of Newport News High School during the 1950s. He moved into central administration and became personnel director in the early 60's, and in 1965 was appointed superintendent of schools, serving in that position for 10 years.

In a twist of employment fate, McIntosh hired Dr. Billy Williams, Jr., a student at NN High School while McIntosh was principal, for his first teaching position. Later, Williams became the first principal of McIntosh Elementary.

The school is located on the site of the Miles Cary Plantation. Cary, a prominent 17th-century Virginian, and his wife are buried on the campus under what is known as the Charter Elm, the tree that is depicted on the seal of the city of Newport News. The elm is actually a hackberry tree, and it was under this tree that Warwick County Court was held.

While the school was being built, Williams had to literally sit on the gravesite to halt work. He successfully defended the site, and the resulting archeological dig revealed artifacts that have been preserved. Because of this discovery, the school was redesigned to be built closer to Richneck Road.


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