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Gordon Arthur "Papa" Bailey
Birth: Apr. 4, 1909
Texas, USA
Death: Jan. 27, 1990
Travis County
Texas, USA

In Loving Memory of my Johnston High School Principal ... Gordon Arthur Bailey.
*** Oakwood Annex Cemetery - BAILEY Gordon Arthur F 18 SW 1/4 8 Apr 4,1909 Jan 27,1990.

You may be gone, no longer living on this earth; but you will live on - in the memories of your family and friends. There will always be a part of you living in me, your brother, sisters and those who knew you and loved you. You will live on because we remember you!

Gordon Bailey was born on April 4, 1909, in Hunter's Bend, Texas.

Mr. Gordon Arthur Bailey graduated from Waco High School in 1927. He attended the University of Texas for one year before leaving to play professional baseball for four years with the Texas League, Cotton State League, and the Dixie League.

He was inducted into the Central Texas Semi-Pro Baseball Hall of Fame.

He returned to the University of Texas in 1936 and went on to receive a B.S. degree in physical education.

He enlisted in the United States Air Force and served four years.

In 1946, he was awarded a Masters Degree in Educational Administration from the University of Texas.

Gordon worked for the Austin School System for a total of 34 years, the last years spent as the principal at Johnston High School from the time it opened in 1960 until he retired in 1972.

After retiring from the public school system he worked as probation officer for Travis County as well as a bailiff in Travis County Court I. He retired (again) in 1989.

Both Gordon and Josephine were dedicated to Austin and in 1969 they were awarded the Austin Rotary Club's Community Service Award, the first time the award had ever been given to a couple.

Gordon Bailey died on January 27, 1990. In 1992 ground was broken on the Gordon A. Bailey Middle School, named in his honor.


The collection contains newspaper clippings, newsletters, correspondence and awards that highlight the dedication of both Gordon and Josephine Bailey to the City of Austin. Also included are 7 photographs of Josephine from childhood to adulthood. There are 2 photos and a sketch of Gordon. A small amount of ephemera documents their personal lives.

Custodial History
Donated by the niece of Gordon and Josephine Bailey.

Preferred Citation
Gordon and Josephine Bailey Papers (AR.2007.024). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information
Donor #: DO/1994/047

Donation Date: 2007 October


Bailey Middle School

Bailey Middle School is located at 4020 Lost Oasis Hollow (Austin, TX 78739) in southwest Austin. We are close to the Veloway, the Wildflower Research Center, and James Bowie High School.

Our Motto: "The Past is my heritage. The present is my responsibility. The future is my challenge."

Mr. Gordon A. Bailey began his career in education in 1938 with the Austin Independent School District. He was a teacher, a coach, a counselor, an assistant principal and a principal. In 1960, he became the first principal of Johnston High School. His students called him "Papa" Bailey, and he knew each of them by name. He retired from A.I.S.D. in 1972.Mr. Bailey's career was one of service to his community and to children. In addition to his career in education, Mr. Bailey served honorably as a First Lieutenant in the United States Air Force, and was even a professional baseball player. His many awards, commendations, and citations can be seen in the Gordon A. Bailey room--room 118 of our school. Bailey Middle School is proud to bear his name

Our School Song: by Cindy Houston & Paula Crider
Oh Bailey Bears we love thee, to you we will be true.
The colors that we honor--our silver, black and blue.
Through the year we pledge our hearts and loyalty.
Our standards ever higher--the best yet to be


"United States Census, 1940"
Name: Gordon Bailey
Titles and Terms:
Event Type: Census
Event Date: 1940
Event Place: Tract 12, Austin, Justice Precinct 3, Travis, Texas, United States
Gender: Male
Age: 31
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Relationship to Head of Household: Head
Birthplace: Texas
Birth Year (Estimated): 1909
Last Place of Residence: Same Place

Household Gender Age Birthplace
Head Gordon Bailey M 31 Texas
Wife Josephine Bailey F 30 Texas


Family links: 
  Josephine Robertha Carlson Bailey (1909 - 1995)*
*Calculated relationship
Oakwood Cemetery Annex
Travis County
Texas, USA
Plot: Section E
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Originally Created by: Sarah Locklin Taylor
Record added: Apr 22, 2008
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