Huntington, WV Black History

Delois Morrow-Perry

Educator

Delois Morrow-Perry was a longtime educator for Cabell County Schools.

Perry, known to many as “De,” came to Huntington from Chattaroy, West Virginia, in Mingo County to attend Marshall University in 1968. She graduated from Marshall in 1972 bachelor’s degrees in Language (grades 7-9) and Health/ PE (grades 7-12). She then obtained her teacher/counseling (grades 7-12) and administrator degree and certification from Salem College. She also earned her master’s degree in 1976.

While at Marshall University, Perry played several sports including volleyball, track, softball and basketball. She received the Marshall University Varsity Award from the Department of Athletics for women’s basketball in 1971-72. In 1998, she was included in the first class of inductees into the Black Legends Hall of Fame.

After obtaining her education, Perry taught English at Lincoln Junior High School in 1976-78. She then taught English at West Junior High/Middle School from 1978-86. She also was a counselor at Huntington High School for a year. After leaving West, Perry taught at Beverly Hills Junior High/Middle School until it was combined with Enslow Middle to become Huntington East Middle School. She started out as the assistant principal where she helped oversee 700 students. After five years, she became the principal there until her retirement in 2022.

Perry received the Outstanding Administrator Award in 1998 and was the 2017 Women’s History Month Education Honoree from Full Gospel Assembly Church.

 

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