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HAYNES, GEORGE E., JR.

HAYNES, GEORGE E., JR. (1920–2001). George E. Haynes, Jr., educator and administrator, was the only child born to George, Sr., and Annie Haynes in Victoria, Texas, on October 23, 1920. As a young boy, Haynes moved with his parents to the historic Fifth Ward neighborhood of Houston, where he began his early education at Crawford Elementary followed by enrollment at E. O. Smith Middle School and Phillis Wheatley Junior-Senior High School. After graduating from Wheatley High School in 1938, Haynes entered Tuskegee Institute in Tuskegee, Alabama, where he earned a bachelor of industrial arts degree in 1942.

Just prior to completing his college education, Haynes was called to active duty in the United States Army during World War II. He was stationed at Camp Myles Standish in Massachusetts where he served as entertainment coordinator for servicemen scheduled for active duty overseas. Haynes was a gifted entertainer and musician, and he played drums with some notable performers and groups that represented his contemporaries, including I. H. Smalley, Milt Larkin, Illinois Jacquet, La Big Band, and the Musicians Benevolent Society of Houston. He served from 1943 to 1946 and obtained the rank of sergeant.

Upon receiving an honorable discharge from the United States Army, Haynes earned a master of education degree from New York University in New York City in 1947. He then returned to Tuskegee Institute where he began a long and successful career as an educator. At Tuskegee, he taught industrial arts and vocational education courses and eventually became a department head. His service there was followed by a relocation back to Houston, where he joined the Houston Independent School District (HISD) as a teacher of industrial arts at Booker T. Washington High School from 1950 to 1957. During this time, he also served as visiting professor at Florida A&M during the summers of 1955 and 1957. After this assignment, he became an administrator and served in various positions: assistant principal at what was then Kashmere Gardens Junior-Senior High School; principal of I. M. Terrell Middle School; and principal of Kashmere Gardens High School. Eventually, Haynes was promoted to assistant superintendant for District Five in HISD. At that time, he was the highest ranked African American in HISD. He was also the first African American in the Houston Independent School District to be elevated to a superintendent-level position and to work in the central administrative headquarters for the district. This historic appointment paved the way for many more African Americans to follow in his footsteps in the years that followed.

George E. Haynes, Jr., was married to his college sweetheart, Edalene Davenport Haynes, for fifty-nine years. Together, they had one son, George E. Haynes III; one daughter, Elizabeth Lucille Haynes Jemison; and three grandchildren. Haynes’s memberships included the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Houston Council of Education, Phi Delta Kappa, Tuskegee Alumni Association, Epsilon Pi Tau, and the National Association of Secondary School Principals. He was also a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and an active member of Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church in the Fifth Ward where he designed the current Social Service Center in use and chaired the church council for many years. Haynes died of cancer on September 2, 2001, and was buried in the Paradise North Cemetery, Houston.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 

Houston Chronicle September 6, 9, 2001.

Etta F. Walker
Etta F. Walker

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