When Tom Manger first drove past his new high school in the fall of 1969, “I thought I was going to a college. It was so big that it was intimidating.” That didn’t stop Tom from taking advantage of all that Blair had to offer in the way of support and encouragement.
Tom went on from Blair to the University of Maryland before starting his lifelong career in law enforcement. He served in the Fairfax County police department and made a steady progression through the ranks, eventually becoming the Fairfax County Chief of Police. His tenure as Chief in Fairfax was highlighted by the infamous Beltway Sniper case in which Tom played a critical leading role. His commitment to the highest ethical standards for policing and his enactment of new policies to increase departmental accountability earned significant recognition from the community, including the Fairfax County Human Rights Commission Award for outstanding contributions, and the N.A.A.C.P.’s Community Service Leadership Award.
In 2012, Chief Manger was inducted into the Montgomery County Human Rights Hall of Fame.
Tom is also a graduate of the F.B.I. National Academy, the National Executive Institute, the Police Executive Leadership Schoolat the University of Richmond, and the Senior Executive Institute at the University of Virginia. In 2004, Tom came home again to serve as Chief of Police In Montgomery County.
Even with all of his honors and accomplishments in his work, when Tom’s coworkers and friends are asked about what makes him successful they all talk about his great sense of humor, his willingness to work with others, and his overriding kindness and decency. Tom is proud to tell people he went to Blair, and our school is just as proud to claim Tom Manger as one of our ow