School History: 1980-2000
From the mid-1970s into the early 1980s, student enrollment began a gradual decline resulting in the closure of several schools in the eastern part of Fairfax County. The closures affected neighborhoods that saw the earliest growth post-World War II. The children in these neighborhoods were graduating high school, and there were fewer families in the area with young children.
At Lynbrook, enrollment declined from a peak of 807 students in 1975 to a low of 594 students in 1983. From the mid-1970s until 1989, children from the Saratoga neighborhood south of Springfield were bused to Crestwood, Forestdale, and Lynbrook elementary schools to bolster enrollment, sparing these schools from closure.
The 25th Anniversary
During the week of February 8-12, 1982, students, school staff, and community members celebrated Lynbrook’s 25th anniversary with parties, an open house, dress-up and spirit days, and a faculty-student basketball game. The celebration began on Tuesday with a cake and punch party. Students gave a gymnastics demonstration and sang our school song to the more than 500 people in attendance. Principal Shirley Bealor told a reporter from the Springfield Independent, “The greatest rewards of the celebration have been the little things, like the child who found out her grandfather was the first custodian here or when the Fire Marshall spoke and it turned out that he had gone to school here.”
Festivals and Awards
In the 1980s, Lynbrook's Parent Teacher Association (PTA) held annual Fall Festivals and Shamrock Shindigs. The students published their own newspaper called The Four Leaf Clover. By 1984, students were able to work in a computer lab, and our school held medieval fairs. With the diversification of our student body came the introduction of International Nights, which quickly became a very popular annual tradition.
In the 1990s, the tradition of winter and spring concerts continued with students performing in the chorus, band, and strings. In 1992, Principal Helene Brower was nominated for the FCPS Principal of the Year Award. Our school celebrated its 40th birthday in April 1997, and the first Head Start class was formed at Lynbrook in 1998.
In July 1992, the Fairfax County School Board awarded the contract for Lynbrook's first school-wide renewal to the V. F. Pavone Construction Company at a cost of $3.5 million.
During the renovation, the main office was extended outward and the clinic was relocated from the front hallway to its present location. In the gymnasium wing, the science room was converted into an art classroom, a stage was added to the gymnasium, and two classrooms for School Age Child Care (SACC) were constructed.
Also during the renovation, the library was relocated from the second floor to the first floor. On the first floor, the building was extended outward to double the size of the library and create additional space for instruction, library offices, and audio visual equipment. The renewal project was completed in 1993.
The first Lynbrook Elementary School yearbooks begin in the mid-1970s. During the 1970s and early 1980s, the yearbooks were called My Classbooks. Similar to the memory books of the 1960s, the classbooks were printed in black and white.
In the mid-1980s, the first yearbooks similar to what we have today were printed. Color printing became less expensive during the 1990s, and you begin to see a transition to student-designed cover artwork. Also during this time, it became common to print the names of everyone pictured in the yearbook.
A Glimpse Back in Time
In 1991, Lynbrook Elementary School was the subject of the Fairfax County Public Schools cable television channel series Profile. The Red Apple 21 crew spent several days at Lynbrook, gathering interviews with teachers and classroom footage. The resulting 30-minute documentary provides a fascinating snapshot of Lynbrook in the early 1990s.