Frederick College

Frederick College is a defunct four-year private co-educational college formerly located in Portsmouth, Virginia. The school was created in through a grant from the Fred W. Beazley Foundation (now the Beazley Foundation).[1] It originally opened in 1958 as a two-year school[2] on the grounds of a former munitions depot[1] before becoming a four-year school in 1961. The school closed in 1968 and the land was given to the Virginia Community College System to form Tidewater Community College.


Nicknamed the Lions,[3] Frederick competed at the NCAA small college level (now Division II) and had a 3600-seat football stadium. The coach of the men's basketball team was Bob Hodges.[2] Behind the play of Tom Jasper, they won the Small College National Championship in the late 1960s.[4] The school had a track team from 1961 to 1964 which was undefeated in the 1963–64 season and was coached by John Meroney.


  1. ^ a b Gwyn, Christine Taylor (1961-08-04). "New 4-year Frederick College to Open on Sep. 12" (PDF). Ledger-Dispatch and Star. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-10. Retrieved 2010-11-15.
  2. ^ a b Goldfarb, Greg (2006-07-18). "Frederick College still draws alumni after 40 years". Archived from the original on 2014-11-12. Retrieved 2010-11-15.
  3. ^ Gabriele, Tony (July 21, 2006). "MEMORIES LAST LONG OF A SCHOOL THAT DIDN'T". Daily Press. Suffolk, Virginia. Retrieved September 3, 2021.
  4. ^ "Tom Jasper Honored as CAA Legend". The College of William & Mary. March 13, 2008. Retrieved July 27, 2012.