Weldon Chambers O. B. Chambers
came to Early to serve as its superintendent in 1937, but left in 1942
to serve for five years with the U.S. Army during World War II in Europe
. He returned to the post in 1946, and stayed on as the EISD's superintendent
until 1974, when he stepped down to return to teaching, still staying with
the district. Chambers taught math and served for a time as the high school
principal before finally retiring in 1984.
a dedication in 1997 that created a memorial scholarship in Chambers name
for Early High School students attending HPU, Early Superintendent John
King said, "I doubt that there will ever be another person whose impact
on Early schools will come close to that achieved by O.B. Chambers." At
the time the scholarship was created, Chambers' widow, Aleta, who has since
died, said, the scholarship was a way to perpetuate the memory of a man
who loved education and young people. "It is my hope that this fund will
grow over the years so it can be of maximum benefit to Early High School
graduates attending HPU," Aleta Boland Chambers said.
education career that began in 1932, when he served as principal and teacher
at May Elementary School, spanned more than five decades. Chambers died
in 1996. In a memorial to Chambers, one of his former students, Bill Shive,
remembered Chambers as a man of character, dignity, class and integrity."I
never saw a fellow stand so straight, carrying himself with confidence
and dignity, as Mr. Chambers," Shive said.
Don Newbury, also a former student of Chambers', said he still often quotes
Chambers in the speeches he makes around the country. " 'Our goal is to
win modestly and lose graciously,' ‹ Mr. Chambers drilled that into us
before every game and it's one of the wisest things I've ever heard anyone
say," Newbury said.
DBC Hall of Honor was established in 2002 to honor former student
athletes who have made greater contributions to society. Besides the three
Chambers men, the late S.J. "Skipper" Howard, Preston Watson and Chester
Tobey will be inducted into the Hall of Honor in 2003.
son, Gary, a middle school principal in San Antonio, will accept the award
for his father. Henry Chambers, of May, will accept the award for his father,
Marvin Chambers, and Hoyt Byrd, a long-time educator from Austin will accept
the award for his uncle, Weldon Chambers.