2008 Graduate – Tyler Turner
Chesapeake’s history dates back further than 1963 when Norfolk County and the City of South Norfolk merged to create Chesapeake. The city’s landmarks and communities have a long, varied and interesting history. The first English settlement began around 1620 along the banks of the Elizabeth River. Norfolk County’s founding dates back to 1636.
In the early months of the Revolutionary War, in December 1775, British Royal governor Lord Dunmore moved his forces from Norfolk to Great Bridge where his army entrenched itself to await the arrival of American forces. The two armies clashed on December 9, 1775, in the historic Battle of Great Bridge, just a few hundred yards from where the Chesapeake Municipal Center complex stands today. In a brief but decisive battle, the Americans routed Lord Dunmore’s forces which fled to Norfolk and later abandoned that city.
During the 1950s, both Norfolk County and South Norfolk fell victim to annexation suits filed by neighboring cities. Between 1950 and 1960, the country lost nearly 50,000 residents and 30 square miles of land area. Under these circumstances, both Norfolk County and South Norfolk officials found it difficult to plan for the future.
In the fall of 1961, city and county officials met to discuss the feasibility of a merger. After several weeks of negotiations, both governing bodies approved a merger agreement on December 22, 1961. On February 13, 1962, citizens of both communities turned out in near-record numbers for a special election and approved the merger. Later that year, in June, the citizens voted again and selected the name “Chesapeake” for the new city.
Today, Chesapeake is a unique blend of rural and urban centers, providing its citizens with excellent schools, recreational and cultural facilities and strong municipal leadership as the city continues to grow, meeting the challenges awaiting it in the 21st century.
This cap-and-gowned lad is Mr. Tyler Turner. Tyler might disagree slightly with the “excellent schools” comment in the preceding paragraph. Tyler commented that he attended Indian River High School in the Chesapeake School District. All he was willing to share with us was “I didn’t Like it much.” Tyler needed to find an alternative to public education. With the support of his folks, he found Citizens’ High School.
Mr. Turner enjoyed the variety of classes to choose from. He also liked setting his own pace. Tyler was able to complete over two academic years in 9 months, 19 days. He earned his diploma on 12/12/2007. What a great way to celebrate Christmas.
Tyler loves to play the guitar and is pretty good at it. He wants to pursue a career in music as a professional guitar player. He is acutely aware that besides skill and talent, education is important as well. He is currently taking classes at a local community college. General studies are the next hurdle he has set for himself. Then it’s on to a university to study music.
Citizens’ High School is extremely pleased to have been assistance to Tyler and are equally proud of him and his accomplishments.
Tyler Turner is Citizens’ High School
“Graduate of the Month” for October 2008.