In a ceremony last night, Gar-Field High School in Woodbridge dedicated and named their auditorium for Neabsco Supervisor John Jenkins.
Established in 1953, Gar-Field is considered one of the largest high schools in Virginia.
During the ceremony, Prince William County Schools (PWCS) Superintendent Steven Walts spoke about how involved Jenkins has been with the public school system.
“You can tell a lot about a person by how they spend their time – because elected officials are pulled, in many, many different directions. And one of the things that makes you really stand out John, is your support of the Prince William County public schools,” said Walts.
Jenkin’s sons Mark and Warren shared some anecdotes and thoughts on their father.
“He serves people and he lives to serve people. He started out serving people in his service in the United States Army, and he continued to serve as he served his family, and his community, and his schools. Dad’s a very giving person,” said Mark Jenkins.
Jenkins remarked on how while the auditorium has been named for him, he would have not been able to get this far in his public service without the help and support of the community.
“It’s wonderful to be honored for something like the naming of the auditorium in my honor…’other people make you what you are’, so this dedication today is not for me, it’s for Gar-Field High School community,” said Jenkins.
Here’s footage of the full ceremony:
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