The Community Bulletin (Abilene, Texas), No. 36, Saturday, April 27, 1968 Page: 1
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NO. 36 ABILENE, TEXAS SATURDAY, APRIL 27, 1968
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In completing our articles on the teachers of
Woodson High School, we end with the head of Woodson,
Mr. D.W. Porter, principal.
Corning from humble surroundings of humbleparents
who themselves did not receive a high school
education, D. W. Porter began his education in the
elementary school of Watonga, Blaine County, Oklahoma.
Having no high school in Watonga, he transferred
to Douglas High School in Wewoka, Oklahoma,
where he graduated "Salutatorian" in-a class of 68
Being the last of four children, and having
graduated from high school, he had achieved as much
in education as anyone in his entire family. However,
being the child of poorly educated parents,
but wise parents, D.W. Porter was encouraged to
reach educational heights that no member of his
family has ever attained.
His educational progress after leaving high
school began with one year at Langston University
in Oklahorza, then to Fisk University--two years,
later to Philander-Smith College where he earned
his D.A. degree in Sociology. (Before receiving
his degree, Porter taught school in St. Francis
County School.) After receiving his B.A., he returned
to St. Francis County where he was employed
as an educational advisor in the CCC camp there.
His ambition carried him next to Biscoe, Arkansas.
where he taught at Prairie County Training
' oo'.. Shortly after teaching there in Discoe,
I'u become principal in 1940.
Continuing his education in the surners, he
received his Masters in school administration,
from Fisk University. After receiving his Master's
he was employed in Holdenville, Oklahoma as principal
of Lincoln High School where he stayed for
Having been away from home (Watonga) for some
tixe, he learned that now there was a high school
there. He moved home to become principal of Dunbar
High School at Watonga. He remained there for
5 years. During his summers at Dunbar, Porter
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WOODSON STUDENTS GIVE
BENEFIT TUALENT SHOW
FOR ELEIENTARY STUDENTS
Eleven Woodson High Students
developed and presented
a 30-minute display of r.msical
talent April 25, 1968,at
Woodson Elementary School.
Rob and Don (Robert Pennyo
and Donald Durton) held the
students spellbound with two
well-polished songs. Linda
Hall entertained the grou;i
with an original jazz tune
for piano. The SimplicitiesDcdra
Neal, Beverly Lowery,
Melvina Lewis, Teresa Battles,
and Vernon Rayford astounded
the audience with three wellperformed,
highly mature renditions
of three popular rock
Some of the same girls
put on a well-rehearsed popular
dance number. Mistress
of Ceremony was Gloria McIntyre.
This performance brought
in revenue that will help
the more needed children at
Woodson Elementary School.
DICK OSBORNE AND WILLIE INAS
TO CAP POSITIONS
Friday night, April 26th,
Dick Osborne was named as
Executive Director for the
Abilene Community Action
Program. Rev. Willie Mays
of Antioch C.1.E. Church was
named as Director of Multiple-purpose
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Caver, Howard & Caver, Clara. The Community Bulletin (Abilene, Texas), No. 36, Saturday, April 27, 1968, newspaper, April 27, 1968; Abilene, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth41715/m1/1/: accessed November 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Abilene Public Library.