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EDWARD S. BISHOP, PRINCIPAL

Mr Edward S. Bishop, Sr. was the Principal of Scale Street. and later Easom High School from 1935-1969. He was the only Principal Easom High School ever had, and thus embodies all that this legacy represents. We seek to honor him through this Tribute.

Click here to go to read an Oral History conducted with Mr. Bishop by the University of Mississippi

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BIOGRAPHY

Mr. Edward S. Bishop Sr. was born in Starkville, Mississippi, on December 11, 1907, to Thomas Hugh Bishop and Molly Robinson Bishop. He graduated from Oktibbeha County Training School in Starkville in 1924. He completed high school at Jackson College, now Jackson State University, Jackson, Mississippi, in 1926 and went on to complete a B.A. degree in history and political science in 1930.

Mr. Bishop taught social studies and coached at Lanier High School in Jackson from 1930-1935. In 1935 he accepted a position as principal of the Scales Street School, later Easom High School, in Corinth, Mississippi, and remained there as principal until 1969. From 1969-1973 he served as Director of Federal Programs for Corinth Public Schools. Following his retirement from public education, Mr. Bishop acted as State Director of the Governor's Council on Children, Executive Director of the Alcorn County Human Resource Agency, and Executive Director of the Tennessee Valley Community Development Corporation. He has also taught in summer workshops and in-service programs at Rust College and Jackson State University.

Mr. Bishop was elected city alderman in Corinth in 1977 and served as alderman from 1978 to 1989. Upon the resignation of Mayor Jack Holt in 1989, Mr. Bishop was elevated to the mayor's office to complete the unfinished term. In the 1990 mayoral race, Mr. Bishop was elected to a four-year term as mayor of Corinth.

Mr. Bishop has been active in many professional organizations including the Mississippi Teachers Association, the Mississippi State Accrediting Commission, and the Mississippi Association of Secondary School Principals. He is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity and Phi Delta Kappa Educational Fraternity and is an active member of St. Mark Baptist Church. He and his wife, the former Eva Louise Hunter of Jackson, are the parents of five children.