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Ella R. Iles
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Birth: Nov. 24, 1895
Death: Apr. 8, 1952

Lubbock's Most Influential

(27) Ella Winn Carruthers Iles was the first permanent African American schoolteacher in Lubbock. She was born in Brenham and began teaching in Temple.

Although she had no friends or family in West Texas, she moved to Lubbock in 1921 to teach the town's African American students. Her first class consisted of 20 students, and she held class in Mt. Gilead Baptist Church.

In 1923, the Lubbock Independent School District approved construction of a two-room stucco school building at 17th Street and Avenue B for black schoolchildren. The school would become Paul Lawrence Dunbar School, named after the prominent African-American poet. Over the next five years, enrollment in the all-black school increased by more than 200 students, a second teacher was hired and a third room was added to the building.

Iles taught first grade and pursued her master's degree until she had to give up teaching in 1948 because of poor health. Lubbock paid tribute to Iles' teaching career in 1951 when an elementary school was named and dedicated in her honor.
 
 
Burial:
City of Lubbock Cemetery
Lubbock
Lubbock County
Texas, USA
Plot: Block 50
 
Created by: David Sifford
Record added: Jul 25, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 7709551
Ella R. Iles
Added by: David Sifford
 
Ella R. Iles
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Ella R. Iles
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Very nice tribute, i went to Ella R. Iles school (1954)...Thank You for remembering her!
- MissNeeNee (Fran)
 Added: May. 19, 2012
 
 
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