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James Leonard Highsaw
Birth: Apr. 24, 1887
Texas, USA
Death: Mar. 11, 1962
Tuscaloosa
Tuscaloosa County
Alabama, USA

Professor J. L. Highsaw

James Leonard Highsaw became principal of Crockett Vocational High in 1918 and continued in that position as the school officially became Tech High School. He remained Principal of Tech until his retirement in 1957, He estimated that he had signed over 10,000 diplomas.

Born in Pecan Gap, Texas, Highsaw began teaching at 17 in a one-room school house and continued teaching while going to college at the University of Oklahoma - graduating in 1911. Later, he attended the university of Texas.

Mr. Highsaw came to Memphis in 1912, just after his marriage to May Baker, and was head of the Science Department, and the Debate Coach of Central High until 1918. From his position at Central he was promoted to principal at Crockett Vocational High in 1918. At Central and at Tech, he was well known as a good public speaker and debate master.. His master's thesis at the University of Oklahoma was debating and it became "the" authority for schools and the country. Professor Highsaw was particularly adept at telling about his "dream' the night before the Tech-Central football games. Of Course, in his dreams, Tech always won.

At Crockett Vocational High School, Mr. Highsaw oversaw tremendous growth at the school and pushed for a new and modern "technical" school for the South. He was also instrumental in getting the name changed from "Vocational" to Technical". And the R.O.T.C. was organized during his first year. After retiring in 1957 he was made a librarian of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Twp of his sons graduated from Tech in 1931 and 1934. Both of them were excellent scholars, as well as president and valedictorian of their class. Both became successful lawyers, educators , and writers.
 
 
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 Parents:
  James Carter Highsaw (1858 - 1933)
  Theodocia Earnest Ashley Highsaw (1868 - 1908)
 
 Spouse:
  May Baker Highsaw (1885 - 1967)
 
 Children:
  James Leonard Highsaw (1914 - 1992)*
  Robert B Highsaw (1917 - 2009)*
 
 Siblings:
  James Leonard Highsaw (1887 - 1962)
  Lola Madge Highsaw Hobbins (1890 - 1953)*
  Alma Highsaw Alexander (1900 - 1932)*
  Myrtle Highsaw Markwell (1906 - 1974)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Forest Hill Cemetery Midtown
Memphis
Shelby County
Tennessee, USA
Plot: Section14
 
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Record added: Mar 01, 2012
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