George P. Phenix High School Legacy Reception and Dinner

July 14, 2018
2:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Crown Plaza Marina Hotel
700 Settlers Landing Road
Hampton, VA 23669

Cost: $40.00 per person, $75 per couple

Alumni, Family and Friends, join us as we celebrate the legacy of George P. Phenix High School and honor our Distinguished Alumni for 2017.

This year we will honor classes ending in (8) & (3).

Legacy Reception Schedule


2:30 pm - Class exhibits open, Pick up name badges

4:00 pm - Doors open for Dinner

4:30 pm - Program begins

4:45 pm - Dinner is served


Registration is Required

Please Register by July 8th. 

Represent your class by purchasing an ad in the Souvenir Book. 

For more information, call 757-380-1319.

2017 Distinguished Alumni HONOREES

Estelle Bailey Hunter, MSN, RN, CE

Born and raised in Elizabeth City County (Hampton,VA), she graduated from George P. Phenix School, on the campus of Hampton Institute (Hampton University) in 1954. She followed her pursuit for a college degree and graduated with a LPN in 1965, associate degree (RN) in 1973, and a Bachelors Degree in 1976 with honors. She received her Masters of Science with a major in Nursing and a minor in education, which was very unique at the time, in 1982 from the Medical College of Virginia/VCU with honors. She entered the Veterans Administration, now the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Hampton, atthe lowest level (gs-1) and worked her way up to Assistant Chief Nurse in 1984. She left the VA system as Interim Chief Nurse in 1984. At each level of her career she has been the recipient of numerous honors for superior service. Sheearned Who’s Who in Executive Women and Recognition for playing a major role in bringing first time Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations at the District of Columbia Department of Corrections, DC Jail. Other recognition's include those from the Clinton and Obama president administrations, and the Democratic National Committee.

Dr.Yevonne Shelton Smith

 Dr. Smith is a 1962 honor graduate of George P. Phenix High School. She was President of the Student Council and the Girls Athletic Association, and a member of the National Society. Dr. Smith was also a member of the varsity co-ed tennis team and several other organizations. Dr. Smith received her BS degree from Norfolk State University in 1966, MS from Eastern Michigan University in 1970, and her PhD from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1981 in the field of Kinesiology with Cognates in Social Psychology,Educational Psychology, and Sociology. From 1983 -1990 she taught at Grambling State University, College of Education program first as an Assistant and later being promoted to Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Education and Teacher Education. In 1990 she began working at Michigan State as Professor of Kinesiology. Dr. Smith would later retire from Michigan State University as an Associate Dean of the Graduate School, African American, Latino, Asian American, and Native American Office for Student Affairs, and tenured Professor of Kinesiology. Dr. Smith’s research in her academic discipline of Kinesiology has focused on the sociology, social psychology, and social historical influences on African American women in sport. She has presented over eighty national and state scholarly research presentations and many of her articles have been published in national scholarly journals such as “Quest”, Journal of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, and North American Society for Sociology and Sport, just to name a few.

Margaret Jones Wilson

Margaret Wilson was born and raised in the Aberdeen Gardens area of Hampton. She graduated for Phenix High School in 1957 and continued her education at Cortez Peters College in Washington, DC.  Margaret traveled extensively abroad and in the States as a military wife and mother of two sons. While abroad she became very active with military families who were in need of medical treatment, food,and child care. Margaret helped start an International Wives Club and assisted several foreign born wives in receiving US citizenship. Returning to the United States Margaret was appointed Black Employment Manager for the Air Force Civilian Personnel at the Pentagon. She was later hired as the Special Emphasis Program Manager for the 11th Wing Headquarters Air Force where she was responsible for ensuring that minorities were treated equally and fairly for job promotions. She also served as the Disability Coordinator for Air Force civilian personnel at the Pentagon. After returning to Hampton, she became actively involved in the Aberdeen Gardens Historic and Civic Association. She became chairperson of the Aberdeen Gardens Annual Heritage Day and later became   Vice-President and President of the Historical Foundation of Aberdeen Gardens, Inc. Board of Directors. Margaret is currently the chairperson of the Hampton Electoral Board, a Tax Aide for AARP,and a dedicated member of Ivy Baptist Church.

Keynote Speaker

The Keynote Speaker this year will be Dr. John W. Downing, Class of 1953.


Tell us your story

One of the long term goals of the Alumni Association is to one day publish a book on the legacy of the George P. Phenix High Schools. A new feature of this year's Souvenir Book is, This is My Story. We will print three or our stories from classmates about their experiences at Phenix, and how it affected their lives and career decisions. We hope these experiences will one day become part of the Phenix Legacy Book. You can email your information to Mr. Pearson at

The Alumni Association will also gladly accept your Phenix artifacts. We are looking for pictures, yearbooks, uniforms, souvenir programs, trophies, and anything that has Phenix printed on it.

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