McNair Elementary School opened on September 4, 2001. Our first principal was Susan Benezra. McNair opened at a time when Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) was experiencing a sharp rise in student population growth. The “Baby Boomlet” of the 1990s had caused significant overcrowding at the schools in the Herndon area. To meet the demand for more classroom space, construction began in the winter of 2000 on a new elementary school in the McNair Farms community. Built at a cost of $10.2 million, McNair Elementary School was designed for a capacity of approximately 900 students. 856 students walked through our doors on opening day, and by January 2002, our enrollment had swelled to 945 pupils. McNair Elementary School was formally dedicated on Saturday, May 18, 2002. The festivities included a tree planting ceremony, tours of the school, and a fun fair featuring carnival games, cakewalks, and face painting.
What’s in a Name?
During the design and construction process, our school was referred to as McNair Farms Elementary School. Learn why in this video produced for the Fairfax County Public Schools cable television channel Red Apple 21.