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Dr Warren Travis White, Sr
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Birth: Dec. 17, 1895
Bell County
Texas, USA
Death: Nov. 3, 1987
Dallas County
Texas, USA

Superintendent of Dallas schools, 1945-1968.
Parents are Warren W. White and Dollie B. Plaster. He married Leika Clark. Prior to serving as superintendent in Dallas, he was superintendent in Bonham, Texas and the principal at Sunset High School, Dallas. A high school in Dallas is named for him.

W. T. White Elected School Head After Stormy Meeting

"Warren Travis White, assistant superintendent in charge of Dallas high schools since 1941 was elected Tuesday night to the position of superintendent of all the public schools.

His election by the Board of Education ended several months of a city-wide controversy. Various civic and educational groups by means of resolutions to the board took stands in support or in oppositions to him.

White, who came to the Dallas public schools in 1931 as principal of Sunset High School, was born in Bell County in 1896. He holds his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Texas

He and Mrs. White live at 2030 Old Orchard Drive in Oak Cliff. Their two children, Warren T. White, Jr. and Frances, were graduated from Sunset. White served as a first lieutenant during World War I. His son is in the service.

Before coming to Dallas, White organized and served four years as superintendent of the Fairview Independent School District, Wichita County, and four years as superintendent of schools at Bonham."
[Source: Dallas Morning News, 23 May 1945, Page I-1]

Excerpt from "When it Comes to Energy W. T. White Has His Share," Dallas Morning News, Sunday, July 31, 1949, page V-1, 11

"Travis met his petite, attractive wife while he was teaching school in Wilbarger County. He had rented a room from her parents, Dr. and Mrs. Frank Clark. The dated whenever she came home from college.

In 1917 when the United States entered World War I, Travis, then twenty-on years old, decided to do two thiings: mary Leika Clark and get an army commission.

He enlisted for Office Training School inlate April. On May 2 he went to the Clark home. Travis and Leika sat u until 4 a.m. to talk about getting married. At 6 p.m. that night, they were married.

'My wife is the real story. She always has faith in me and my ideas. I couldn't have made it alone.'
Travis began teaching when he was graduate from high school in 1913. He taught in rural schools in Hamilton and Wilbarger Counties until he entered the arm. After his discharge in 1919, he decided to get a degree in education.

He had enough money to pay for one year's schooling at the University of Texas and living expenses for his family. Frances White, the first of three children, was born while Travis was in service.

When the year was completed he took a job as elementary school principal at Wichita Falls. The family returned to Austin during summer session so Travis could get his bachelor and master of arts degrees...

At the age of twenty-six, Travis became superintendent of a wealthy school district on Red River in Wichita County. Later, he also was junior high school principal at Wichita Falls and superintendent of Bonham schools. In the summer of 1931, Travis came to Dallas as principal of Sunset High School. Ten years later he became assistant superintendent in charge of high schools and served in that capacity until the board elected him superintendent."
Family links: 
  Warren W White (1859 - 1944)
  Dolly Burton Plaster White (1866 - 1955)
  Leika Clark White (1897 - 1981)*
  Mary Frances White (1918 - 2010)*
  Naomi Burton White (1924 - 1935)*
  Warren Travis White (1926 - 2005)*
  Homer White (1884 - 1908)*
  Sam Houston White (1888 - 1969)*
  Warren Travis White (1895 - 1987)
*Calculated relationship
Founded DISD 1945
Sparkman Hillcrest Memorial Park
Dallas County
Texas, USA
Created by: Barbara Ware
Record added: Oct 24, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 79242334
Dr Warren Travis White, Sr
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Dr Warren Travis White, Sr
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 Added: Jun. 23, 2016
W.T.White High School (4505 Ridgeside Drive, Dallas, TX) was built in 1964. Dr. White was an alumnus of The University of Texas, hence the Longhorn mascot and Texas orange and white colors for WTW HS.
- Lisa Bailey
 Added: Mar. 20, 2015
God bless "Papa" White!
 Added: Feb. 10, 2015
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