Deer Park Elementary School was established in September 1994. During our first year, because our school was still under construction, classes were held in the old Centreville Elementary School building now home to Mountain View High School. Our building on Carlbern Drive opened on the first day of school the following year, September 5, 1995, and was officially dedicated on May 19, 1996.
That first year we actually worked in what is now known as Mountain View, on Spindle Court, while our building was being constructed. The original principal, Lynne Pope, gave us all a brick doorstop, from the original bricks used to construct Deer Park Elementary School. Prior to the first year, Lynne took the entire staff to Camp Hemlock to facilitate team bonding.
Donna Ford, School Counselor, Deer Park Elementary
What's in a Name?
During the planning and construction process, our school was referred to as the West Centreville Elementary site. On March 10, 1994, the Fairfax County School Board awarded the contract for construction of the West Centreville School to the Chamberlain Construction Corporation at a cost of $6.4 million. At its meeting on June 9, 1994, the School Board voted to officially name the building Deer Park Elementary School. Learn why that name was chosen in this video produced for Fairfax County Public Schools’ cable television channel Red Apple 21.
Explore the evolution of Deer Park Elementary School and the surrounding area from 1972 to 2017 in this series of aerial photographs courtesy of the Fairfax County Park Authority.
A Glimpse Back in Time
In 1999, Deer Park 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 Deer Park, gathering interviews with teachers and classroom footage. The resulting 27-minute documentary provides a fascinating snapshot of our school in the late 1990s.
|1994 – 2002:||Lynne Pope|
|2002 – 2007:||Douglass D. Brooks|
|2007 – 2018:||Carol Larsen|
|2018 – Present:||Bob D’Amato|