McKinley’s Connection to Space
David Brown was a McKinley alumni who went on to graduate from Yorktown High School in 1974. He was an astronaut on the space shuttle Columbia. There is a display case in the front hallway at McKinley which serves as the centerpiece to the school’s memorial to David. The NASA website has a complete biography.
On April 17, 2012, the space shuttle Discovery made it’s finally landing piggy back a NASA 747 shuttle carrier aircraft at Washington Dulles airport. The shuttle will be given a new home at the Smithsonian. As it made its final trip through the skies of Arlington, McKinley students were able to see it first hand. The students cheered and waved during the Discovery Fly Over.