Huntington, WV Black History

Nancie S. Robinson Robinson


Nancie S. Robinson was an educator whose dedication produced amazing testimonies from the students she inspired over a period of nearly 50 years.

After graduating as valedictorian from Douglass High School in Huntington, Nancie attended Bluefield State College in Bluefield
where she completed a four-year program in three years with the highest honor of Summa Cum Laude. While at Bluefield State College, she
also pledged in the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. As a sorority member, she became Basileus during the late 1960s and early 1970s. During
this time, she reinstituted the Debutante Ball.

After graduation, her first teaching job was in Mississippi because West Virginia schools would not hire her. Her tenure there was brief
due to racial tension. She then worked in private family homes with her mother and grandmother in Huntington.

She eventually moved to Glenmont, Ohio, where she taught in high school. She initiated the first high school prom of the township. Nancie
then came back to Huntington and worked in the Cabell County school system for 38 years. During this time, she received her
masters degree plus 32 hours from Marshall University.

Nancie taught as a substitute teacher at Douglass High School. She was one of the last living teachers of Douglass. She also
simultaneously taught fifth and sixth grades at Barnett Elementary School with success.

During her teaching career, she taught grades three through twelve. Her fields of study were math, science and home economics.

Upon retiring from Cabell County Schools, Marshall University Community College requested her to teach math. She
remained there for 10 years.


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