Principal's Message - December 2007

posted Jun 2, 2008, 10:59 AM by HSS PTSA Webmaster   [ updated Jun 2, 2008, 11:02 AM ]

It’s Official!

The Rebecca S. Wilburn Auditorium was officially named on Thursday, November 29, by the FCPS School Board in honor of Ms. Wilburn’s contributions to the Hayfield Secondary Drama Program over the past 37 years. The naming makes it the third facility here on the Hayfield campus to be officially named — a long, detailed and involved process for sure. Other named sites are the J. Victor Lutz (former principal) Stadium and the Doris Torrice (former principal) Field House. The decree below highlights her contributions:


WHEREAS, Rebecca S. Wilburn has served the students of Hayfield Secondary School and the surrounding community as the drama teacher for 37 years until her retirement in August 2007, during which time she has directed and produced more than 150 theatrical productions performed by Hayfield students; and
WHEREAS, she has served as an instrumental figure in the Critics and Awards Program, an international organization that develops, recognizes, and celebrates high school theater and journalism students, and for which Ms. Wilburn continues to serve on the Steering Committee for the National Capitol Area and the National Board; and
WHEREAS, she has instituted and nurtured several events and traditions that have become part of the intrinsic fabric of Hayfield Secondary School, including the Annual Intermediate Courtyard Show, which promotes teamwork and originality, and the Annual High School Thespian Banquet, which celebrates the exceptional achievements of the students in all areas of theater; and
WHEREAS, she has consistently challenged and encouraged her students to discover and develop their own unique abilities and talents, instilling in each the tools and confidence to be a critical and independent thinker regardless of his or her chosen field and arming each with a comprehensive appreciation for literature and the arts; and
WHEREAS, with unrivaled passion and wisdom, she has taught two generations of students that the relentless pursuit of perfection should be the rule rather than the exception and that they should demand nothing less of themselves and others with whom they share a common goal; thus, along with her sense of fairness and complete devotion to her work, Ms. Wilburn has served as an esteemed role model and mentor and has earned the respect and gratitude of the students, parents, faculty, and extended community of Hayfield Secondary School;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Fairfax County School Board names the auditorium at Hayfield Secondary School “The Rebecca S. Wilburn Auditorium” in appreciation of Ms. Wilburn’s contributions to the individuals, communities, and school division in which she so happily served, thereby leaving a legacy of educational excellence in Fairfax County Public Schools.

Dr. Bill Oehrlein