Ourschool's name was chosen to commemorate Stuart McGuire Beville, aformer educator and Superintendent of Schools for Prince William Countyfrom 1954-1972.
Mr. Beville was anative of Blackstone, Virginia, and received his bachelor's and master'sdegrees from Duke University. He taught, coached, and served as anelementary and secondary school principal in public schools in HalifaxCounty, Danville, Crewe, and Farmville, before becoming Superintendentof Schools for Prince William County.
Under Mr. Beville's administration, PrinceWilliam County began operating schools year-round to provide for theneeds of a growing school population, which increased from 3,543 in1950-51, to 32,581 in 1970-71. Thirty new schools were opened under hisadministration.
In October, 1972,Mr. Beville became director of Off-Campus Activities for the College ofEducation at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Heretired from that position in 1978, but continued to teach in thecollege on a part-time basis for a few years. He was asked to serve sixmonths as Acting Superintendent for the Montgomery County, Virginia,School Board during the search for a new Superintendent in the 1987-88school year.
Mr. Beville died April 5, 1990 in Blacksburg, Virginia.
Read an Interview with Mr. Beville from October 11, 1989
This interview is courtesy of the Virginia Polytechnic and State University Archives,
"Oral History of the Public School Principalship"