Gar-Field High School Honors Neabsco District Supervisor John D. Jenkins
Posted on 10/23/2017
Presentation of bronze plaque to John D. Jenkins

Heartfelt accolades from county leaders and family members marked the dedication of the auditorium at Gar-Field High School on October 8 to honor Supervisor John D. Jenkins. Jenkins is a living legend, having served Prince William County as the Neabsco District Supervisor for nearly four decades.

Jenkins is a “public servant who lives to serve people—his country, community, and schools,” said his son Mark, who recalled years of his father’s support of athletic and academic programs as a parent, Booster Club President, and Supervisor of the Neabsco District. “He is a consensus builder and leader, someone people want to follow.”

Plaque naming John D. Jenkins Auditorum

Mark Jenkins expressed how his father guided the family through the years by setting an example. “He is ethical, a man of integrity; honest, trustworthy, loyal, equitable and fair; and a hard worker.” Speaking on behalf of the family, he said one of the “life lessons” he learned from his father is, “Don’t judge; do what is required of you, and be kind.”

Superintendent Steve Walts thanked Jenkins for his leadership and dedication. “We are grateful for your unwavering support for schools in the budget process,” Walts said. “Every single year you supported the schools and sometimes tried to get more funding.” Walts noted that scheduling the Gar-Field auditorium for renovation was one of the first things he did when he arrived in the county 13 years ago. The first major event he attended was summer school graduation at Gar-Field High School. “This is a beautiful auditorium now,” he said.

Gar-Field Marine JROTC Color Guard

“It is a great honor to dedicate this auditorium to Supervisor Jenkins,” said Gar-Field High School Principal Dr. Cherif Sadki. “Supervisor Jenkins is a true champion for education, and we are privileged to count such a distinguished state and county leader as one of Gar-Field Senior High School’s greatest advocates.”

County Supervisor Maureen Caddigan (Potomac) has known Jenkins “for a lifetime,” she said. Her family and the Jenkins family have been close personal friends for decades. Their children grew up together and graduated from Gar-Field High School. “I know how close to John’s heart this school is, and you could not bestow a greater honor than this,” Caddigan told Sadki.

County Supervisor John D. Jenkins, Neabsco District

Other speakers included Mickey Mulgrew, associate superintendent for high schools; School Board member Diane Raulston (Neabsco); and Warren Jenkins. Son Gordon Jenkins gave the Invocation. The school’s Marine Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps presented the colors and the Gar-Field Dominants Choir performed the Star-Spangled Banner and a medley of other songs.