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The first Tabb High graduating class was given the choice of school mascot. Back in that time, the CB radios were a big thing, so they had the opportunity to be the Tabb Truckers… whew! Not sure why the Tabb Tiger was put in as a choice, but sure glad it was chosen.
All the adjectives and all the cliches were pulled out when the football teams of Hampton High School and Tabb High School played each other in early September. This classic confrontation, the Game of the Century on the Peninsula, matched Hampton, a Group AAA school that had been the state’s dominant team for the past two decades, against Tabb, a Group AA school that won the state Division 4 in 1987.
Tabb won 10-7 in front of a capacity crowd of 6,000 at York High’s Bailey Field. The victory lifted Tabb into USA Today’s national high school rankings and knocked the Crabbers out of the rankings. It also showcased the talents of Tabb’s Terry Kirby, who went on to earn national player of the year honors from at least three different organizations.
An injured Kirby, hobbled by an injured leg, ran 40 times for 187 yards and a touchdown, while Jimmy McKechnie kicked a 25-yard field goal and an extra point. Hampton’s only score came on a pass from Eric Hunter to Brian Gerczak in the fourth quarter. But Kirby clinched the victory when he ran nearly 40 yards for a first down with less than a minute to play. The game attracted unprecedented attention on the Peninsula for a season-opener. In the past 20 years, only such season-ending games as Newport News-Hampton, Hampton-Bethel or Tabb-York commanded the attention this one drew. Those games all matched bitter rivals. Hampton and Tabb hadn’t played since 1975 when Tabb left the Group AAA ranks and moved down to AA. Still, the lure of watching two highly successful programs put tickets at a premium. The schools divided the 6,000 tickets equally and the game was a sellout more than a week ahead of time. Ironically, when the season ended more than three months later, the moods were reversed. Hampton recovered to go unbeaten the rest of the season and claim its 12th Group AAA state championship. But Tabb wasn’t as lucky. The Tigers were stunned by York 32-24 in the Region I Division 4 semifinals and were unable to defend their championship.
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THE BATTLE OF BIG BETHEL
10 June 1861
The Battle of Big Bethel (Tabb and Hampton) was the first land battle in Virginia and a minor confederate victory early in the American Civil War. Union forces had retained control of Fort Monroe, at the tip of the Virginia Peninsula. From Fort Monroe an expedition was planned to capture Little Bethel and Big Bethel, with the intention of expanding the area under Union control. General Ebenezer W. Pierce was the expedition’s commander leading 2,500 to 3,500 men. His opponent was Colonel John Magruder. who commanded 300 to 400 men, but with more artillery.
The Union expedition never got off on the right foot from the beginning. One regiment was not given the watchword, and sadly attacked one of their own Union regiments. When thy finally came upon the Confederates at Big Bethel, Magruder’s Union Regiment had a strong position but failed to defeat Pierce’s much larger force. The Union attempted many futile attacks on the Confederates before finally retreating. Union losses were 76 , while Confederate losses were only 8.
Tabb High Graduate: First woman to lead a top-tier U.S. Combat Command
15 February 2018
Gen. Lori Robinson, the U.S. Northern Commander, (pictured right) said in testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee that North Korea’s successful nuclear and missile tests over the past year “represents the most immediate threat to our homeland, and therefore remains NORTHCOM’s highest priority.” (US Air Force photo by Melanie Rodgers Cox/Released)
Tabb High Alumni: Terry Kirby
Kirby played football at Tabb High School, leading the team to a state championship in 1987. He was selected to USA Today’s All-America. All-USA team after his senior year in 1988. As of 2014, he holds the Virginia High School League records for most 100-yard rushing games, career (36), most consecutive 100-yard games (26), and career rushing attempts (995). He ranks fourth in career points scored, third in career touchdowns, and second in career rushing yards with 7,428. In 2007, he was inducted into the Virginia High School League Hall of Fame.