George Warren Cable. To his task as president of the Northeastern Normal School at Tahlequah George W. Gable has brought not only a record of uninterrupted success as a practical educator, but also a thorough experience and ability as a constructive administrator of schools. It was his many evident qualifications and distinctions in the latter field that undoubtedly led to his selection for his present post.
Mr. Gable is still a young man, though in the educational world he has been at work since twenty years of age, and was born April 9, 1876, near Iuka, Tishimingo County, Mississippi, a son of Levi Franklin and Elizabeth Ann (Milford) Gable. His father was a native of South Carolina and his mother of Mississippi. When he was nine years of age George W. Gable was brought by his parents from Mississippi to Dawson, Texas. His father was a farmer, and the son grew up in a rural environment, getting his first lessons from country schools. He took the preparatory course in Trinity University, Tehuancana, Texas, following which he entered Southwestern University at Georgetown, Texas, and was graduated from that splendid institution in 1900 with the degrees A. B. and A. M. Thereafter for several years he attended the summer quarters in the University of Chicago, and in 1913 won his Master of Arts degree from that university.
In the meantime he had begun his life work, having taught a term in a country district when twenty years of age. His work as a teacher and student alternated for a number of years. For a time he was teacher of Latin and Greek in the University Training School at Blooming Grove, Texas, and soon afterwards began his work as a school superintendent. He had charge of the public schools at Groesbeck, Texas, three years, and for a similar length of time was superintendent of the schools at Duncan, Oklahoma. It was at Duncan that his success as an organizer, administrator and school builder began to attract attention. During his work there three splendid school buildings were erected and the high school was organized and brought up to a modern standard of efficiency in its curriculum and work. In fact, when Mr. Gable left Duncan the high school there had more credits than were possessed by many high schools in towns twice or three times the size of Duncan. His next work was done at Checotah, where he was superintendent of the public schools, and his administration was made notable by the construction of a fine high school building, and there again the high school was put on a basis of efficiency and in its contests with other schools its pupils more than once won state wide honors.
After two and a half years at Checotah Mr. Gable was called to the duties of president of the Northeastern Normal School at Tahlequah, where he began his work in January, 1914. As the administrative head of this institution Mr. Gable has already succeeded in inaugurating many improvements which have resulted in a better co-ordination of its work to the ends desired, and the Northeastern school is now holding its own with any of the normal institutions of the state.
Politics has made little appeal to Mr. Gable, though he is a democratic voter. His father was a Confederate veteran, and Mr. Gable is himself in his characteristics a true Southerner and a fine type of the unassuming, considerate and popular Southern gentleman. Fraternally he is a Royal Arch Mason, also a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and belongs to the Methodist Episcopal Church South. In 1901 he married Miss Ethel Collins of Rice, Texas. They are the parents of two children: Collins Franklin and Gerald Ellis Gable.