James Monroe

Our School History

James Monroe Elementary is named for the fifth president of the United States. James Monroe was born in Westmoreland County, Virginia, in 1758 and attended the College of William and Mary, fought with distinction in the Continental Army, and practiced law in Fredericksburg, Virginia.  His ambition and energy, together with the backing of President Madison, made him the Republican choice for the Presidency in 1816. With little Federalist opposition, he easily won re-election in 1820.

James Monroe Elementary School is handicapped accessible and is located in the Park Place section of Norfolk, Virginia.  The school was re-built in 1990 and occupies 12.8 acres of property located at 29th Street and Colonial Avenue. The school has 32 classrooms and houses Pre-K through fifth grade.  The school is physically connected to the Park Place Multiple Purpose Center and Park Place Recreation Center. 

Famous Alumni:

  • Mr. E. S. Brinkly, who later became superintendent of schools was prinicpal until the early 20's.
  • Leon Uris, Novelist
  • Hank Foiles, 1957 National League All Star Catcher

Hank Foiles
Foiles was named All-Foreman Field, All-Tidewater, All-State and All-Southern in football during the 1946 season, and that same year, was named Norfolk’s Outstanding Football Player. He has the distinction to have played in the very first Oyster Bowl Game and was selected to the All-Time All-Tidewater Golden Team, which encompasses the years 1932-1982. During his high school track days, Foiles set a Virginia state record in the javelin and was named to the Look All-American Track Team in 1946.

Leon Uris, Novelist
Leon Uris was born in Baltimore, Maryland, the son of Jewish-American parents Wolf William and Anna (Blumberg) Uris. Uris attended schools in Norfolk, Virginia, and Baltimore but never graduated from high school, having failed English three times. At the age of seventeen Uris joined the United States Marine Corps. He served in the South Pacific as a radioman at Guadalcanal, Tarawa, and New Zealand from 1942 to 1945. While recuperating from malaria in San Francisco, he met Betty Beck, a Marine sergeant. They married in 1945.