Biography of S. J. Brainerd
Tulare County, CA Biographies





For years S. J. Brainerd, supervising principal of the Tulare high school and a member of the California state council of education, has been identified with educational work in Tulare county and has thus come to be recognized as one of the real vital personal factors in the gratifying development that has taken place in the local school system during the period of his activities in this behalf. Mr. Brainerd has been particularly interested in the promotion of the interests of the central high school with a view to meeting the needs of the adjacent rural communities and has done an excellent work along that line. After some years of valuable practical work in the schools of this county, his experience here having included work in the schools of Tulare and of Exeter, in 1918 he was made principal of the Tulare high school and has since been serving in that responsible capacity, during this time having done much to extend the facilities and the influence of this school. In February, 1923, he was requested to take charge of the city elementary school, and since then has had charge of both. No fewer than twelve teachers have been added to the staff of the Tulare high school during Mr. Brainerd's incumbency as principal and the general facilities of the school have been extended in proportion, a community labor being performed there that places these schools right up near the top of the list of efficient local centers of education in this section of the State. S. J. Brainerd was born on a farm in Saginaw county, in the state of Michigan, July 22, 1880, a son of F. C. and Hannah (Jones) Brainerd, both members of pioneer families in that state. Reared on the home farm, S. J. Brainerd attended the rural schools of that neighborhood and early began teaching, his experience in teaching district schools covering work along that line not only in his native Michigan but in the state of Illinois. Meanwhile he was continuing his studies and in 1909 was graduated from Olivet College at Olivet, Michigan, from which institution he received his A. B. degree. Through postgraduate work in the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, he received his Master of Arts degree in 1914. Since coming to California, Mr. Brainerd also has taken postgraduate work in the University of California and is constantly alert to advances being made in educational methods.

It was in 1915 that Mr. Brainerd came to California and never has he had occasion to regret the decision which brought him here. His first work in the educational field here was as a teacher of mathematics in the Tulare high school. He later spent three years in the high school in Exeter and then, in 1918, was appointed by the school board to the exacting and responsible position of supervising principal of the Tulare high schools. As a member of the California state council of education Mr. Brainerd's influence in educational circles has a wider than a merely local application and he has a high standing in professional circles, a standing well earned by years of faithful, practical and effective service.

On August 11, 1915, in South Bend, Indiana, Mr. Brainerd was united in marriage to Miss Hilda Youngquist, daughter of August Youngquist, of that city. Mr. and Mrs. Brainerd have two children: A son, Walton Kirk Brainerd; and a daughter, Mary Elizabeth. Mr. and Mrs. Brainerd are members of the Congregational church and take a proper interest in church work as well as in the general social and cultural activities of the community, and both have rendered effective service in behalf of the local chapter of the American Red Cross. Mr. Brainerd is a member of the executive committee of the locally influential Tulare Rotary Club and is also one of the active workers in behalf of the extension of the interests of the local branch of the Young Men's Christian Association. As a member of the executive committee of the Tulare Chamber of Commerce he also gives his thoughtful and intelligent attention to all proper movements having to do with the advancement of the city's material interests.

From:
History of Tulare County, California
By: Kathleen Edwards Small
and
Kings County, California
By: J. Larry Smith
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago 1926


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