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GLASS, HERMAN A. (1890–1963). Herman A. Glass, education innovator, was born on March 23, 1890, in Granite, Oklahoma, the son of John Thomas and Fannie (Bunkley) Glass. He spent his youth in Donley County, Texas. He attended school at McLean and at West Texas State College (now West Texas A&M University), where he received his B.A. degree. He received his M.A. degree from the University of Chicago and taught in the public schools at McLean and Clarendon, West Texas State College, East Texas State College (now East Texas State University), and North Texas State College (now the University of North Texas). Glass pioneered the junior high school system in Wichita Falls and, after a twelve-year tenure there, served as superintendent of schools at Bonham until 1938, when he was appointed director of textbooks for the state. He served in this capacity until his retirement in 1960. In recognition of his many services to education in Texas, Midwestern University in Wichita Falls conferred an honorary doctorate on him in 1956. He was a charter member of the National Association of Textbook Directors and served as president and secretary of that organization. Glass married Abbie Clibourne in 1922; they had one daughter. He died on February 19, 1963, and was buried in Memorial Park Cemetery, Austin.


Austin American, February 20, 1963.

Peggy M. Baker


The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Peggy M. Baker, "GLASS, HERMAN A.," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 25, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.