WILLIAM L. GAYLORD.
Napa county numbers among its citizens many who are accomplished and prominent in their respective professions,
but of none of them has she more reason to be proud than of her educators, those fine men who are devoting their
lives to the upbuilding of the young, mentally, morally and physically. Of these, none stands higher in public
esteem than does William L. Gaylord, principal of the St. Helena high school. Mr. Gaylord is a native of Florence,
Massachusetts, and he was born on the 20th of October, 1883. Shortly after his birth the family moved to a farm
near Woodstock, Connecticut, where they lived until 1891, when they came to Pasadena, California.
Mr. Gaylord completed his elementary studies in the grammar school at Pasadena and in the Classical School for
Boys, supplementing this by much home study. He then attended Yale College and was graduated therefrom in 1907,
with the degree of Bachelor of Arts, after which he accepted a position as an instructor in the College Preparatory
School at Atchison, Kansas, where he remained for five years. In the winter of 1913 he he took postgraduate work
in the University of California, at Berkeley, and in the fall of 1914 he engaged in teaching in the Thacher School
at Ojai, California, where he remained for four years. In 1918 Mr. Gaylord became teacher of English in the Technical
high school at Oakland and afterward was transferred to the Oakland high school, where he remained until the spring
of 1924, when he became principal of the high school at St. Helena. He has met with pronounced success in his conduct
of this institution and has been highly commended by the board of education as well as by the patrons of the school.
He has taken a prominent part in statewide educational affairs, having served as a member of the Bay Section council
in the California Teachers Association and as chairman of that association's publicity committee.
In March, 1918, Mr. Gaylord married Miss Marion Painter, a daughter of Milton D. Painter, one of the pioneers of
the San Gabriel valley. She was born in Pasadena and spent most of her girlhood there. The Painter family originally
owned a large part of the land on which Pasadena now stands. To this union have been born two children: Edith,
now six years of age; and Alice, three years of age. Fraternally Mr. Gaylord is a member of Oakland Lodge No. 188,
Free and Accepted Masons, at Oakland. He has achieved a large measure of success in his profession, having worked
for it persistently and in channels of honest endeavor, and his prestige in educational circles is evidence of
his ability and is a voucher for his intrinsic worth of character. He is genial and friendly in his social relations
and maintains a kindly and generous attitude toward his pupils, and he has deservedly won an enviable standing
in the community where he lives and labors.
History of Solano County, California
BY: Marguerite Hune
Napa County, California
BY: Harry Lawrence Gunn
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Napa County, CA
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