The Winchester Education Foundation today announced that the new Slaughter Family Tennis
Pavilion at John Handley High School will be dedicated on Friday, May 6, 2011 at 1:00 p.m.
The new pavilion has been built by the Construction Technology classes under the direction
of their instructor, Mr. Jimmy Robertson.

Current and former members of Handley High School’s tennis teams have been invited, many
of whom are individual and team champions.

The Handley tennis program has a rich and proud tradition statewide having won 12 state
tennis team championships, 10 state boys & girls tennis singles and 6 boys & girls tennis
doubles championships since 1975.

Stephen R. and Debbie Slaughter, along with their family, Gregory and Steffany Slaughter
Plotts and Stephen C. and Amy Slaughter are sponsors of the new state-of-the-art tennis
pavilion, which includes six (6) tennis courts, a meeting room, mezzanine (viewing area),
grandstands, a tennis backboard and gardens. The Slaughter family owns and operates
Frederick Block Brick & Stone in Winchester.

Other sponsorships include:
Court #1 – Matt and Brad Stillwagon Court 2000-2004
Court #2 – Matt Frakes Tennis Court 1997-1999
Court #3 – Kristin & Kate Gordon Court
Court #4 – Tucker Family Court for Ashley & Noah Tucker
Court #5 – Evonn & Ethan Hicks Court
Court #6 – Gardiner Family 2000-2009
Terry Ewell Meeting Room – Charles “Chuck” Pine & Glen & Kim Pine Burke
Mezzanine – Mr. & Mrs. Patrick Nolan & Family
Tennis Backboard – In Honor of Danny Kellas by Family & Friends
North & South Grandstands – Anonymous
Landscaping – By Handley Tennis Supporters

Dr. Rick Leonard, Superintendent of Winchester Public Schools stated, “Winchester
Public Schools is very appreciative to the Slaughter Family for their donation to build this
beautiful facility. The John Handley High School Construction Technology classes have done
an outstanding job in its construction. We are truly appreciative of the contributions by so
many to make the tennis pavilion and courts a great asset on the John Handley High School

Denny Bromley, President of the Winchester Education Foundation, said that “The Slaughter
Family Tennis Pavilion is a tremendous addition to our already beautiful facilities. Once
again, the ties that bind a family to Handley High School have resulted in a donation that will
be enjoyed by students, parents and citizens for many years to come. The Slaughter family
deserves our gratitude for their generosity in making this pavilion a reality.
I’d also like to thank all who worked on this facility, especially Jimmy Robertson and his
Construction Technology classes, for a job well-done. Looking at their work, I’d say that they
should have no trouble getting jobs when they graduate from Handley.”

Russ Potts, Executive Director, Winchester Education Foundation said, “What a great effort
by Handley students to building the facility! The community should be very proud that every
penny of these improvements has been raised from the private sector – another example of
the incredible loyalty and generosity of Handley alumni, parents and our citizens. We are
extremely grateful.”

Bill Stewart, Director of Student Activities at John Handley High School said, “The Slaughter
Family Tennis Pavilion is a masterpiece of the Handley Pride Community. From the planning
process to its completion, the Handley Community has been instrumental in this project, I am
proud of the work done by Jimmy Robertson and the Construction Technology classes. Years
from now these students will tell their children, ‘I helped build the Slaughter Family Tennis
Pavilion.’ Wow, what a great story! Thank you to all who made the Slaughter Family Tennis
Pavilion a reality.”

Jimmy Robertson, Head Coach, Boys Tennis Team and instructor for the Construction
Technology classes said, “Handley is an amazing place. Where else in the country does a
school, the students, the citizens and the alumni come together to create something so special?
This project is a great victory for academics, athletics and the entire community.”

“This Pavilion is but further evidence that the citizens of Winchester are committed to both
scholarship and athletic prowess. I can see no greater example of this than this wonderful
facility,” said Tom Arthur, Head Coach, Girls Tennis Team.

Former and present tennis coaches and tennis athletes will be recognized at the dedication.

If inclement weather, the dedication ceremony will be held in the Patsy Cline Theatre
(Handley Auditorium).

Press Release — September 22, 2010

Beach Boys to Bring “Good Vibrations” to Handley Oct. 5th

International recording stars the Beach Boys will perform in the Patsy Cline Theatre at John Handley High School on Tuesday, October 5th at a benefit for the Winchester Education Foundation.

The announcement was made August 12th at a press conference in the theater by H. Russell “Russ” Potts, Jr., executive director of the foundation, along with foundation board members, Winchester Public Schools officials and promoters of the event.

The concert, billed as the second act in the “Patsy Cline Classic,” follows on the heels of a concert at the same venue by the legendary Willie Nelson last October.  Nelson, a friend and colleague of Cline, who attended Handley High School in the 1950’s, performed to a sell-out crowd and helped inaugurate and re-name the newly renovated auditorium in honor of the school’s famous former student.    The event raised over $10,000.00 for the Foundation which supports private fundraising efforts for educational endeavors of the Winchester Public Schools and related organizations.

Tickets for the Beach Boys show, priced between $25-$100 each, are available exclusively on Ticketmaster, which can be reached at

Latest Links

The Winchester Education Foundation has been in the news in and around the Winchester area. Below you can find links to a few of the articles and releases that have been in the press recently.

Beach Boys bring Love to Handley
October 1, 2010 | The Winchester Star

Family Joins Patsy Cline
October 6, 2010 | The Winchester Star

Beach Boys delight crowd at Handley
October 6, 2010 | The Winchester Star

Seats are being ‘sold’ for Handley’s Cline Theatre
May 6, 2010 | The Winchester Star

Take your seat, for a good cause
May 6, 2010 | The Winchester Star

Willie wows the crowd and honors friends
October 30, 2009 | The Winchester Star

Handley theater named in honor of Patsy Cline
October 30, 2009 | The Winchester Star

Willy ready to play ‘Patsy’s house’
October 28, 2009 | The Winchester Star