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"[The grown-up] kind of impressed upon us the difficulties we might encounter and everything, but it didn't daunt me." Arlington, Virginia. February 2, 1959. Seventh-graders Michael Jones, Gloria Thompson, Ronald Deskins, and Lance Newman enrolled at this school, then known as Stratford Junior High. One hundred police officers stood guard against protests, but the day unfolded peacefully. Desegregation of Virginia's public schools had begun.