Julia Redden (1878-1951) has the earliest legacy of 2014 inductees. She is considered among the very earliest female principals in North Carolina, going back nearly a century to the ’20s. She was Valley Hill School principal officially by 1927-28, but as early as 1923-24. She was at Valley Hill for 43 years, where she started as a teacher in 1902. In earlier years, she may have been classified as more of a lead teacher when actually acting as a headmaster. She is described as authoritative. She taught grades 5-7, then high school grades by the mid-’20s. She retired in 1945.
2014 Education Hall of Fame