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Central Minnesota Women In History: Elizabeth Clark

Elizabeth Clark, Stearns History Museum

UNDATED — In honor of Women’s History Month each week this month we have featured a different woman from central Minnesota who has been a trailblazer for many in our area.

In our final segment we put our scope on the first female principal of St. Cloud’s Tech High School. Miss Elizabeth Clark spent most of her professional career working in the St. Cloud school district.

She received her B.A. degree in education from Yankton College. She was the first principal of Tech High School in 1917.

It’s a title she kept for 36 years until her retirement in 1947. Clark was instrumental in creating a more diverse high school curriculum that included music, drama and art.

Clark was the principal of the St. Cloud Public High School from 1911 until Tech opened its doors. In tribute of Clark’s legacy Tech’s Clark Field was dedicated in her honor.

Clark died in 1966 at the age of 85. During her time as an administrator in St. Cloud she watched nearly 7,000 students graduate.

view the complete Central Minnesota Women In History series

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