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2020 Grand Marshal
John King Jr.

After dedicating more than 40 years of service to the Town of Vienna, John King Jr. celebrates his retirement this fall. He currently is the Parks Maintenance Superintendent, managing a team of nine full-time employees and up to 18 seasonal employees who perform upkeep of parks and trees, snow removal, landscaping, and athletic field maintenance. This team is the backbone of the Town's 25 signature special events each year. 

John King has a long history of being a trailblazer and breaking boundaries. During Fairfax County Schools integration period (1960-66), he was one of 11 Black students to integrate the previously all-White Glen Forrest Elementary School in 1964. For lack of a better word, being in a 'scary' situation as a child made King realize at a young age the importance of fostering relationships. Later, this understanding and his passion for sports engendered in him a desire to nurture the crucial nature of youth. 

King's life passion and second career has been as a youth sports coach - from 1984-89, King coached both the Jeb Stuart (now Justice) High School boys' basketball and football teams.  Over a period of more than 30 years, King has never stopped coaching and moved to various schools, organizations, and teams in the DC metro area, serving as coach, director, assistant, NBA scout, champion, and a slew of other titles. 

While Kings's last day at the Town of Vienna will come in September, he has no plans to retire from basketball coaching anytime soon. He currently is head coach of the girls' basketball team at Manassas Park High School. "I've been fortunate to be able to work for the Town while coaching," King says, noting that both have provided him with with a deep sense of community. "When I leave here, I am still going to coach. I'm not going to stop that." 

Thank you, John King, for 40 years of service to the Town of Vienna and to the greater Fairfax community!