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S.H. Gates Academy is named after Samuel Houston Gates, a teacher and principal from 1908 to 1948.  He worked to provide equal educational opportunities for all students.

About His Life

Samuel Houston Gates attended school in 1882 at the old Riverside School.  This school was the only school for African-American children in San Antonio at the time.  Mr. Gates left San Antonio in 1884.

Studying to be a teacher, he earned Bachelor degrees from Wiley College and the University of Kansas and a Master's degree in Administration and Supervision from the University of Colorado.

Mr. Gates returned to San Antonio in 1907 and in 1908 was assigned to teach at Riverside School. He taught there until 1912.  From 1913 to 1933, Mr. Gates served as principal of Grant Elementary School.  He then served as principal of Douglas Junior High School until his retirement in 1948.

During his 48 years with the San Antonio Independent School District, Samuel Gates worked for equal educational opportunities for African-Americans.  He was the first African-American to have a school named after him in San Antonio. The school was dedicated on March 9, 1966.  Mr. Gates was unable to attend because of illness and was represented by his wife, who presented the school with a portrait of her husband.  Less than two weeks after the formal dedication of the school, Samuel Houston Gates died.

 
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