THE LEGACY OF DR. HENRY SCOTT

HE IS DR. SCOTT

A dialogue researched and crafted by Dr. David Kirkbride

He is Dr. Scott
  • He is William Henry Scott, Jr. 

  • He is native of White County, Kentucky, born November 19, 1937. 

  • He is the son of William Henry Scott, Sr. and Floretta Rebecca Vermillion.

  • He was raised in Colbert, Oklahoma. 

 

He is Dr. Scott
  • He has answered to the call of the school bell for the past 80 years as a student, teacher, coach, and administrator.

 

He is Dr. Scott
  • He is an educator for the past 63 years. 

  • He is Dr. Scott

  • He is teacher and coach from 1959 to 1971.

  • He is Denison High School assistant principal from 1971 to 1976 and Denison High School Principal from 1976 to 1981.

 

He is Dr. Scott
  • He is Denison ISD Assistant Superintendent from 1981 to 1993.

  • He is and has been the Denison ISD Superintendent for the past 29 years…..from 1993 to June 16, 2022. 

 

He is Dr. Scott
  • He is a man of many names.

  • He is Mr. Scott, Coach Scott, Dr. Scott, Handsome Henry, Little Henry, Dad, and Paw Paw.

  • He has answered to the bell for each of his names for a lifetime. 

 

He is Dr. Scott
  • He is the belief that our most valuable resource is our people.

  • He is of the belief that we are only as good as the people we have in our schools…..the people we have in our classrooms. 

He is Dr. Scott
  • He is the frequent acknowledgement of the high quality of people in Denison ISD and the Denison Community. 

  • He is, outside of his family, most proud of the quality of people in Denison. 

 

He is Dr. Scott
  • He is the hiring of good people and allowing them (and expecting them) to do their jobs…..and to do their jobs well. 

  • He is the appreciation and value of hard work, determination, integrity, and he appreciates people who see a need and take the initiative. 

  • He is the giver of credit when credit is due. 

  • He has answered to the bell of the power of people. 

 

He is Dr. Scott
  • He is the belief in the power of community. 

  • He is appreciation for the community of Denison.

  • He is the importance of building community relationships……for the good of our students and families, the district and our wonderful City of Denison.   

  • He is Never take the support of the community for granted……never. 

 

He is Dr. Scott
  • He is committed to taking care of students and their families. 

  • He is a heart for the less fortunate and for those who are struggling.

  • He is a great philanthropist, supporting and promoting many foundations and non-profits, too many to name. 

 

He is Dr. Scott
  • He is an advocate for all things Denison and the spirit of the Yellow Jacket. 

  • He is we’ve got great kids, teachers, staff members, and community.   

  • He is a living, breathing encyclopedia of the history of Denison (the people, places, events, dates, and occasions). 

  • His knows and is the teller of our great story.

  • He has answered to the bell of community.

 

We are Denison and He is Dr. Scott
  • He is fight for what is right and he is a bull-dogged determination when there is a worthy cause. 

  • He is approaching (cornering) the Commissioner of Education in the restroom about state testing and accountability. 

  • He is putting an Athletic Director firmly in his place (not ours) over the number of BOTA tickets that we should have received. 

 

He is Dr. Scott
  • He is well respected in Denison, Grayson County, Region 10, Southeastern Oklahoma, North Texas, and across the great state of Texas. 

 

He is Dr. Scott
  • He is an advocate of public education and has remained politically active to that end. 

  • He is Austin is not a friend of education, but that will only change if educators will choose to get out and vote. 

  • He is an “I voted today” sticker on his chest. 

  • He has answered to the bell of being in the corner of Denison ISD and all things public education.

 

He is Dr. Scott
  • He is a creature of habit. 

  • He is a 6:00 am alarm clock. 

  • He is walk through the doors of the admin building at 7:50 and say good morning to whoever is in ear shot. 

 

He is Dr. Scott
  • He is Cotton Patch, Cracker Barrel, and Hucks for lunch. 

  • He is country fried steak, mashed potatoes, and a scoop of Blue Bell. 

  • He is Rotary on Thursdays for lunch and a program. 

 

He is Dr. Scott
  • He is a haircut from Ron Ed every 3 weeks without fail at Imperial Barbers on Morton. 

  • He is check and brush his hair in the mirror several times a day…..every day. 

  • He is close the office door at 4:30, change into his workout clothes, and head to the track or the gym. 

 

He is Dr. Scott
  • He is leave a little early every third Tuesday of the month to feed the cows and to rest before the school board meeting. 

  • He is perfect attendance at school board meetings since 1981 (that’s well over 500 board meetings).  June 14 will be his last at the helm. 

  • He has answered to the bell of consistency, reliability, and steadfastness. 

 

He is Dr. Scott
  • He is the epitome of Old School. 

  • He is vintage 1980s wood paneling on his office walls.

He is Dr. Scott
  • He is the same desk and office furniture he inherited from Dr. Bill Jacobs in 1993. 

  • He is the same squeaky chair behind his desk. 

 

He is Dr. Scott
  • He is a black Paper Mate flair pen (medium).

  • He is an At-A-Glance flip calendar (that I’ve teased him about wearing it on his belt). 

  • He is “How does an electronic signature even work?”

 

He is Dr. Scott
  • He is start meetings on time. 

  • He is short meetings……..and he’s done when he’s done. 

  • And in general, He is……just be on time. 

 

He is Dr. Scott
  • He is a white shirt, suit, and tie…….and wear your suit coat when you leave the building. 

  • He is an absolute love of the superintendency for the past 29 years, and it has never felt like a job, rather a true joy and passion. 

  • He has answered to the bell of the comfort of the old fashioned, highly effective way of life and work. 

 

He is Dr. Scott
  • He is a character. 

  • He is a sly smile and a wink. 

  • He is the biting of his finger nails. 

  • He is What the hell just happened?  Damn idiot and That’s the craziest things I’ve ever heard or seen. 

 

He is Dr. Scott
  • He is I was prepared to lie about it, but I didn’t have to (with a smile and a wink). 

  • He is What are they going to do…..fire me?

  • And he is swapping stories of the good ole days with the Old Guard and having some fun at the expense of some other “characters”. 

 

He is Dr. Scott
  • He is in control……and he likes it that way!  He is impossible to say No to.

  • He is an iron clad memory that never ceases to amaze. 

  • He has answered to the bell of finding joy in work and life and not taking either too seriously. 

 

He is Dr. Scott
  • He is an accomplished leader. 

  • He is the Texas Classroom Teachers Association central office administrator of the year.

  • He is the House of Representative honoree for exceptional contribution to public education.

  • He is the Rotary Club Outstanding Community Service Award recipient

  • He is Southeastern Oklahoma State University Distinguished Alumni

  • He is the Denison Education Association Educator of the Year.

  • He is Texas A & M Commerce Alumni Ambassador.

  • He is the National Council of Boys Scouts of America Award of Merit recipient. 

  • And he is winner of the 5K for Kindness multiple times (for his age group). 

 

He is Dr. Scott
  • He is a 13 million dollar bond in 1997 to build a new Terrell School and add libraries and gyms to all elementary campuses. 

  • He is a 79 million dollar bond in 2011 (in very poor economic times) to build the new high school and completely restructure the district. 

  • He is a 20 million dollar bond in 2019 to build new cafeterias and add 10 additional classrooms at both Mayes and Hyde Park Elementary Schools. 

 

He is Dr. Scott
  • He is the Dr. Scott Scholarship ($61,000 and counting).

  • He is Henry Scott Middle School.

  • He is the holder of the key to the city.

 

He is Dr. Scott
  • He is the casting of a vision 29 years ago. 

  • He is high expectations and accountability.

  • He is "We will become an exemplary district" (and we did). 

  • He has answered to the bell of leadership. 

 

He is Dr. Scott
  • He is our leader.

  • He is one-of-a-kind….there will never be another.  

  • He is iconic….yet he is humble.

  • He is a family man and a great man.

  • He is the 7th framed portrait on the wall of superintendents in the Administration Building. 

  • He is leaving an everlasting mark on this district and on this community. 

  • He is legacy.

  • HE is Denison.

  • And He has answered to the call of the school bell faithfully for 80 years.

 

He is William Henry Scott, Jr.

A PHOTO HISTORY

After gathering pictures of Dr. Henry Scott, these posters were produced for display at various events. 

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