School Mascot: Bulldog
School Colors: Green and Gold
Booker School, as do four other elementary schools in Hampton, has an architectural design with classrooms built around an open courtyard. We take great pride in the fact that a tall majestic sycamore tree whose seeds traveled into space with the Apollo 14 Space Mission continues to grow in our courtyard. Booker was the winning school to get the sycamore seeds to plant due to Marjorie White’s, a sixth grade student in 1976, winning poem. Our “moon tree’ seeds were planted in the courtyard by Booker students on Arbor Day, April 30, 1976.
We are very pleased with the leadership that has been provided by our past and present administrators. Our students, parents, and staff members strive to be “Top Dog” in all of their endeavors.
Booker Elementary School opened its doors to students during the fall of 1968. Booker School is located in the Fox Hill area. The Hampton School Board decided in the early 1960s to build the school to accommodate the rapidly growing elementary school population in this area. The School Board desired to name the school after a Hampton family that had shown a great deal of interest in education and wanted to make their community a better place, especially for children. They selected the Booker family.
The origin of the Booker family began when Captain Thomas Purefoy came over on the ship “George” in 1621. In 1631, he purchased 500 acres of land on the northwest branch of the Back River in Elizabeth County, which later became part of Hampton. One of Captain Purefoy’s descendants married Captain Richard Booker and from this marriage, George Booker was born. This George Booker was very prominent in the educational affairs of the county. He was a trustee of the Syms-Eaton Charity School, the first public school in the English colonies. The former Honorable Senator Hunter Booker Andrews, is also a descendant of this distinguished family. He served as Chairman of the Hampton School Board from 1959 to 1962.
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