Washington and Lee alumnus Jay Hight, of the Class of 1967, spent 36 years as librarian and English teacher at Virginia Episcopal School in Lynchburg. Earlier this summer, the school honored Jay at its reunion dinner, announcing a commitment to dedicate the renovated school library as The James Aldwin Hight Jr. Library in Jay’s honor.
Jay retired from VES in 2006. In addition to his teaching and library duties, he also served as faculty advisor to the school newspaper in the 1980s, and he worked with VES alumnus Robert Seager II, to publish a 75th anniversary history of the school. Jay undertook an extensive oral history of VES Headmasters and early alumni, and he continues to work on the school archives.
In June, the VES alumni reunion banquet was held in Jay’s honor. Alumni and friends filled the school’s field house — several hundred coming to express their admiration and affection for Jay and for his decades of service at VES. VES Alumnus and Headmaster G. Thomas Battle Jr. also paid tribute to Jay’s many contributions to VES over the years.