Name: Allen Harrison Hughey
Birth: 14 JUL 1881 in Lincoln County, Tennessee
Death: 11 MAR 1961 in El Paso, Texas
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Allen Harrison Hughey was born 14 July 1881 in Fayetteville, Tennessee. He was the son of Alonzo and Elenora Reese Hughey.
Allen Hughey graduated from Howell Training School in Howell, Tennessee and was among the first teachers at Morgan School in Lincoln County, Tennessee in 1898, where R. K. Morgan was the principal.
Source: The Volunteer, Fall/ Winter 1996.
School flags flew at half mast Friday because of the death of Allen Harrison Hughey, superintendent of El Paso Public Schools from 1912 until 1951.
Mr. Hughey, 79, died in his home, 1414 N. Virginia St., early Friday. Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Saturday in Kaster and Maxon Chapel by the Rev. B. M. G. Williams, rector emeritus, St. Clement's Episcopal Church and burial will follow in Restlawn.
During his years as superintendent, Mr. Hughey established the first vocational high school in Texas, set up the first Junior ROTC unit in the state and started the first junior college in Texas as part of the school system.
El Paso schools grew from an enrollment of 13, 122 in 1919-20 to 22, 495 in 1950-51, his last year as superintendent.
Mr. Hughey was born in 1881 near Fayetteville, Tenn. He was educated at Morgan School, Vanderbilt University, where he received his B. A. degree in 1903, and George Washington University Law School.
He was principal of Howell Training School, Howell, Tenn., and president of the Hughey Turner School, later Weatherford College, Weatherford, Texas. In 1906, he married Bess Lee Caruthers of Weatherford. She died in 1945.
For three years, Mr. Hughey was engaged in editorial work for the U. S. Geological Survey in Washington, D. C. During that time he studied law, receiving his L. L. B. degree in 1908.
In 1910, the Hugheys moved to El Paso, where he practiced law and began teaching part time in El Paso High School, then located in the present Morehead School. The school board elected him principal of the school in 1913, where he continued until being named superintendent in 1919.
While he was principal, El Paso High School moved into its present building in 1916. El Paso Junior College was organized in 1920 in the high school building. In 1927, it merged with the School of Mines, now Texas Western College.
During Mr. Hughey's administration, El Paso Vocational School, now Technical High School, was opened as the first school of its kind in Texas. When the school opened in 1925, classes in vocational training were offered along with regular academic courses leading to high school graduation. He also was a pioneer in setting up kindergartens and established one in each school.
Mr. Hughey introduced many practices here which have become common in modern education. He set up the first system of records for the El Paso schools, adopted the elective system in high school courses, promoted a summer school and improved libraries. He provided special classes for the blind and deaf, strengthened the junior high school plan and encouraged student government in the high schools.
He kept the schools on a cash "pay-as-you-go" basis from 1931 until his retirement; another bond issue was not asked until last year.
He was a prolific writer and had many articles on education published in professional journals. Under his administration, El Paso schools began the first school system publication in the state, El Paso Schools Standard.
in 1953, Hughey Elementary School, 6400 Wieland Way, was constructed and dedicated to him.
Upon his retirement in August 1951, Mr. Hughey had returned to a limited law practice and served as a business consultant.
Mr. Hughey is survived by his son, A. H. Hughey, Jr., three grandchildren, Elizabeth, Virginia, and Marjorie Hughey; a sister, Mrs. H. T. Etheridge, all of El Paso, and a brother, L. K. Hughey of Durant, Okla.
The family has requested that donations be made to a favorite charity.
Active pallbearers will be John Bean, Chris Fox, Warren Shea, George Matkin, C. M. Irvin and J. T. Reynolds.
Honorary pallbearers will be Webster Waide, H. L. Hollenshead, C. W. Webb, R. L. Armor, J. W. Grissom, J. F. Hulse, Kirt Teller, J. C. Vowell, Hillard Bryan, Irvin Schwartz, Jim M. Goggin, John Dalby, Jasper Woolridge, Judge R. E. Thomason and Eugene Thurston.
Source: El Paso Times, March 11, 1961.
During his 32 years as superintendent Mr. Hughey brought about many changes and improvements. He also struggled to bring the schools through the lean years of the depression and managed to pay teachers in cash, despite dwindling revenues.
In July of 1944 former students and school personnel celebrated the educator's 25th anniversary as superintendent with a surprise party. Chris P. Fox, a former El Paso High student, said at the time: "There are a lot of us boys and girls who have lived better lives because of Mr. Hughey."
Source: El Paso Times, March 11, 1961.
Eleanor Hughey wanted her oldest son to study for the ministry, and taught him to read the Bible before he ever attended a formal school. After having taught at Howell Training School one year, however, he decided to follow a professor's (Andy McDonald) suggestion and go to college.
Upon graduation from Vanderbilt, Allen Hughey set out for Texas with John P. Turner. Together they organized the Hughey- Turner School in Weatherford, Texas, in 1903. Weatherford College had been a Methodist College in the Northwest Texas District. The name was changed to Hughey-Turner School in 1903 and the limits of the school were clearly defined. It was in no sense a college and no degrees were conferred. The whole point of the college was to train the mind and direct the whole development of the student that he might acquire the ability to think and act for himself.
Source: A Portrait of A. H. Hughey.
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Father: Alonzo Nicholas Hughey b: 29 JUN 1852 in Lincoln County, Tennessee
Mother: Elenora Reese b: 17 JUL 1862 in Lincoln County, Tennessee
Elizabeth Lee Caruthers b: WFT Est. 1868-1891
31 OCT 1906
in Weatherford, TX
- Allen Harrison Hughey ,Jr. b: 23 OCT 1910