Manuscript MS-167


SOURCE: Julia Keller
SIZE: 2.3 lf


William Wates Keller (b. 2-22-1912; d. 8-20-1996), son of William Eugene Keller and Nora Fincannon, was born in Rutherfordton, NC. He joined the faculty of LaGrange High School in 1937 as a teacher of chemistry and physics and served as principal from 1951-1969. From 1969 until his retirement in 1978, he served as an administrator of Federal Programs in the LaGrange School System. During World War II, Mr. Keller was a chemical supervisor of Ordinances in Radford, Virginia, Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Sauk Prairie, Wisconsin.

W. W. Keller served the education community as president of the LaGrange Education Association, Georgia Education Association, and Georgia Association of Secondary School Principals. He was a Life Member of the LaGrange Kiwanis Club, served as Chairman of the LaGrange Chapter of United Way and was a member of the First United Methodist Church. He was married to the former Julia Vernon of Opelika, Alabama, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Atkinson. They had three children.


The collection contains information collected on schools in the LaGrange System that Keller and retired LaGrange High School English teacher, Lillian Clark, used in writing their book, The LaGrange Public Schools, 1903-1984. Also included are curriculum guides and visiting committee reports on various local schools and reports on LaGrange High School sports, academics and self-studies.


Box 1 Histories of LaGrange Schools

1 Cannon Street School
2 Dawson
3 Dixie
4 Dunson
5 East Depot High
6 East LaGrange
7 East Side Primary (East Depot Elementary)
8 Harwell Ave. (Hollis Hand)
9 Hill St. Elementary for Blacks
10 Hill St. Junior High (East Side Girls)
11 Historical Papers (Coleman File)
12-14 Historical Sketches of LaGrange Public Schools
15-16 Keller-Notes on schools
17 Kelly Grammar School (McGregor St.)
18 Kelly Instructional Services
19 LaGrange High
20-22 LaGrange Schools History
23-25 Miscellaneous Clippings, n.d.
26 School History for State Department, 1970-71
27 Southwest LaGrange (Berta Weathersbee)
28 Thomastown (Northwest Primary)
29 Union Street
30 West Side Junior High

Box 2 LaGrange School System Reports

Criteria for Teacher Education, 1963
East Side Girls Junior High, Self Study Report, 1977
LaGrange Board of Education Policies, 1967
LaGrange Education Association Yearbooks, 1950-1970
LaGrange High School Curriculum Guide, 1968-69
LaGrange High School Faculty Self Study, 1968-69
LaGrange High School Handbooks, 1968-1970
LaGrange High School Visiting Committee Report, 1977
Teaching Careers in LaGrange Public Schools, n.d.
Troup County School Curriculum Studies, 1961
West Side Girls Junior High, Self Study Report, 1977


LaGrange School System
Troup County Schools