Early History of Fairfax County Public Schools
According to Wikipedia, Fairfax County Public Schools was formally established in 1870, right after the Civil War. It was the same year that Virginia was readmitted to the Union and boasting significant economic growth directly in Fairfax County. The Fairfax County government website lists Thomas Moore as the very first superintendent of Fairfax County Public Schools, with his appointment dating September 18, 1870. This was the first free public school system that was available to students in that area. Prior to that time, students who could only attended private institutions.