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About LHJ


  • Lois Harrison-Jones Elementary (formerly John B. Cary) was established in 1913 and built at the present site in 1954.

  • It was designated as a model school in 1969. Lois Harrison-Jones has continued the course of innovative educational strategies and activities.

  • Today our school is an ECO Campus Green School. We were also distinguished as a U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School in April 2022. 

  • In June 2023, the Richmond School Board voted to remove the name of John B. Cary from the building and rename it Lois Harrison-Jones Elementary.

  • Dr. Harrison-Jones is Richmond’s first woman Superintendent and the first African American woman Superintendent of Schools in the Commonwealths of Virginia and Massachusetts.

    Why a Green School?

    • Green schools teach students about sustainability and the environment, giving them the tools to solve the global challenges we face now and in the future. Green schools support sustainability literacy through curriculum and instructional practices that are interdisciplinary, place-based and rooted in real-world context.

    • Green school buildings are better for the planet because they reduce environmental impact, conserve resources and contribute to educating the next generation of environmental stewards.

    • Green school buildings are better for communities because the process of creating greener schools requires learning, collaboration and engagement from the entire school community. The result of this process is a healthy, sustainable environment for learning and working that often becomes a source of civic pride.