Biography of John D. Loper
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JOHN D. LOPER, Superintendent of Phoenix Public Schools, and educator in the truest sense of the word, as both teacher and superintendent in Maricopa County, has done much for the benefit of education, and merited the high esteem in which he is held in the State. Mr. Loper has been a resident of Arizona, and engaged in educational work here, since 1896. He is the son of Benjamin and and Eleanore Davies Loper, and was born in Belmont County, Ohio, where his father was engaged in farming. He was educated in the common and high schools of Monroe County and the Northern University of Ohio, then taught in the public schools of Ohio for three years, before coming to Arizona. In September, 1896, he was employed as teacher in the schools of Mesa, and in 1898 was elected Superintendent of the schools of that city. In 1900 he organized the Mesa High School, which was the second High School in the State, and was in 1908 merged into the Mesa Union High School. From his election as Superintendent until 1909 Mr. Loper was in charge of the city schools and the Union High School, and during these years the results in this field displayed not only exceptional ability, but intensity of interest, and a high standard of educational values. In the latter year, through absolutely no volition of his, he was elected Superintendent of the City Schools of Phoenix, a well deserved recognition of his work in the adjacent field. He assumed his new duties in July of that year, and during the intervening years the influence of his personality, knowledge and experience have been most effective. He has quietly, though firmly, advanced in his path, laboring steadily, but calmly, preparing his plans and gathering about him those who are to further their execution, and should enjoy the richest satisfaction in the consciousness that he has improved every opportunity to aid in the accomplishment of his life work. In addition to his regular duties in educational work, Mr. Loper served two terms as member of the Territorial Board of Education, having been appointed by Governor Kibbey and reappointed by Governor Sloan. He also served five years as member of the Territorial and State Board of Examiners, and has been active in all affairs pertaining to his profession, whether local or general. Fraternally Mr. Loper is connected with the Masonic Order and the Knights of Pythias, and he is a consistent member of the Christian Church. For the past twelve years he has been Grand Keeper of Records and Seal of the Knights of Pythias, Grand Lodge of Arizona. and is Past Grand Chancellor of the Order. On June 22, 1898, he was married to Miss Agnes Dobbie, of Mesa, and there have been born to them two sons, John D., Jr., and Andrew Benjamin, and one daughter, Margaret Eleanore.

From:
Who's Who in Arizona
Vol 1
Compiled and Published by Jo Conners
Press of The Arizona Daily Star
Tucson, Arizona 1913


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