Edwin W. Chittum

Edwin W. Chittum

Edwin W. Chittum was born in Rockbridge County in 1912. He attended Washington and Lee University with help from athletic scholarships. He played on the university’s football, basketball and baseball teams and ran track. He graduated in 1933 with a degree in history and science and began his career earning a $80 month for teaching in a one-room school house in Rockbridge County. He retired in 1975 as Chesapeake Public Schools superintendent after 25 years in that position. Along the way Chittum taught Latin, English and history, coached sports and served as principal of Norfolk’s Norview High School in the 1940s. Chittum, best known as E.W., died in 2003, but his daughter Susan Chittum made sure her father would continue to impact students forever by creating the E.W. Chittum Memorial Scholarship at the Hampton Roads Community Foundation in 2005. The scholarship is for Chesapeake Public School graduates and has a preference for students attending Washington and Lee University, Chittum’s alma mater.