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  ………In addition, Mr. Titus was supportive of me as the president of James River Band Boosters. He supported me, he listened to me when I needed a sounding board, and he gave me great advice – sometimes with a wicked sense of humor. I am very appreciative of the way he helped me. I believe a principal makes or breaks a school. A great principal takes responsibility for school success, leads teaching and learning, hires, develops and retains excellent teachers, and builds strong communities. John Titus did this. He was a great principal and he is a wonderful human being. James River High School and all of our children benefitted from his hard work. Mr. Titus, thank you! – Robin Hegner
Robin Hegner
I had the pleasure of having John Titus as a principal back in the 80’s when I attended Monacan High School and I got my share of hand written notes. I later joined the coaching staff at James River High School and received MANY more hand written notes good and bad. I did a great job in my 20 years many District and Regional Championships and even 1 State Championship and some how I can count on one hand the number of good notes versus the not so good. But that is how John is…he makes you strive for more and work for what you get. At least that is how I decided to understand and I read all the notes to my players and that is why we worked hard…to improve and be better. I keep one of the good notes on my refrigerator to this day. John, Imagine my surprise to know how involved in this baseball project you have been! Wow- for 29 years a lot of those years I found myself in your office asking for advice and asking questions and trying to solve world problems this endeavor of yours ne…
Slade Gormus
John, it was a pleasure working with you at JRHS. Thank you for all you have done for the teachers, students and community as a whole. I am happy to donate to RBI in honor of you, and Pete Shumacher, a truly outstanding coach and teacher. You both have helped make JRHS one of the best baseball teams in the state. Go Rapids! – Fran Cleary
Fran Cleary
Mr Titus, Thanks you for everything you did for James River High School and particularly the athletic program. It always amazed me how many events you attended. I absolutely think you must have had some body doubles because no one can be in two place at once but it seemed as though you were. You were a great leader who set an example for students (and parents). The baseball program and facilities would not be where they are today without your vision, motivation and leadership (not too bad since you are a lacrosse guy!) thanks for everything you have done and continue to do to promote RBI !! All the best, Dave Scheetz
Dave Scheetz
Mr. Titus was an amazing principal at James River High School. The James River community could not have asked for a better leader! Thank you for all that you do! – Bryan Hannum
Bryan Hannum
I have worked in the education community in one capacity or another since graduating from law school in 1986. In all of those years, I have come across some wonderful educators. Two made lasting positive impressions on me. The first was C. L. Slonaker, principal of Robious Elementary when Michael was there. The second was John Titus. In all of my years working with principals across Virginia, I have never seen a priI know most of you would agree with me. During his tenure teachers, students and parents respected him. In addition, he was the consummate professional. I don’t think the man ever slept. He would be at a football game on Friday night and I would turn around and see him at an out-of-town band competition the next morning and later hear that he was at another sporting event that afternoon. He supported all student activities. (Continued)
Robin Hegner
Mr. Titus- RBI could not have completed this project without your guidance, support and vision. Thank you so much for everything you have done for James River High School and the surrounding community. – Shane Smith-Board Member
Shane Smith-Board Member
  Dear John, Thank you for the many hand-written notes that meant so much to teachers and students and staff members alike. You’re Jimmy Fallon’s role model when it comes to thank you notes! My years at both Monacan and James River were enhanced by your guidance and inspiration. Oh Captain, my Captain, thank YOU for inspiring so many to excel and reach their full in education. Fondly, Nancy Wilder
Nancy Wilder
John, Thank you for all you continue to do for John Tyler Community College and our community! Ted Raspiller
Ted Raspiller - John Tyler Community College
I am so lucky that I got to work with you Mr. Titus!! You were always incredibly supportive and giving to your staff and to the students, and you had the best sense of humor! I wish that you hadn’t retired so soon because your students and staff miss you! – Liz Ahlfield
Liz Ahlfield

This transformation would not have been possible without your support!  Thank you John Titus!

Our old JV Baseball Field at James River High School

Thanks to your vision we now have this wonderful facility!  Thank you John Titus!

Thanks to your vision we now have this wonderful facility! Thank you John Titus!

Thank you so much for your support!

John Titus, former principal at James River High School

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Building Campaign

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This building was built with his vision!

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The Building

Make a donation and add a personal note to Mr. Titus, as you know he was famous for writing to others – now it is his turn to receive them- remind him of how he impacted your life, about the note he sent to you that was meaningful or just tell him how much you appreciate him. As a member of the founding Board of Directors for this James River High School centered nonprofit called RBI, he has made a difference in Chesterfield County that spreads wider than James River High School. Check out RBI’s mission. It has his signature all over it.

John Titus was the visionary principal at James River High School who saw the opportunity for a public-private partnership to be a successful way to integrate the school with the community.   This partnership would be a model for other public high schools to partner with local businesses to do similar good works in times of reduced school funding.  Little did Mr. Titus know, but the building he helped to build on the James River High School baseball field with the approval of the School Board, would turn into a beautiful facility groomed by the high school baseball coaches and admired by many people far away.

Help us make this happen with your donation. We need 1,000 people to donate $50 to fulfill a $50,000 matching gift by February 14, 2015. That also means anyone can lead a group of 10 people who each donate $5.  Or, if you are not able to donate money, perhaps the best gift of all is your time: To find others by passing on the word back to alumni – donations can be your time to find others who attended JHRS or their parents, who may want to honor Mr. Titus in this manner. Please post on our Facebook Page your donations of time and talent!  All proceeds will be used towards the construction financing for the building.

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