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Henry Martin Gunn

1947 - 1950

 

Dr. Henry Gunn was born in Kentucky in July of 1898. After serving as a Navy sailor in World War I, he attended the Oregon Normal School (ONS) in Monmouth, Oregon. Gunn completed his schooling, and earned an Education degree in 1923. After graduation, Gunn moved to Umatilla, Oregon, where he began teaching and coaching at Umatilla High School. By 1933, Gunn had moved to Portland where he was assistant principal and, later, principal of Lincoln High School. Gunn remained at Lincoln High School until 1940, when he was appointed to Superintendent of Portland Schools. He held this position until 1944, when Gunn accepted the same position in the Eugene School District. Between 1933 and 1944, Gunn received his Masters at the University of Oregon and his Doctorate at Stanford University.


In 1947, Dr. Gunn returned to the campus in Monmouth as the Oregon College of Education (OCE) president. During Dr. Gunn's tenure there was a noticeable increase in school enrollment, a new library (now known as APS) built on campus, and additions to the north end of the Campus Elementary School building (now known as ITC). By 1950, Dr. Gunn was ready for a change, and accepted a position at Palo Alto School District in California as superintendent. Dr. Gunn would remain at this job until his retirement. In 1961, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the American Association of School Administrators.

 

Dr. Henry Gunn died in his home in California in December of 1988 at the age of 90.

 

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