William F. Ramey. Superintendent William F. Ramey, who is the efficient and popular head of the city school system of Chickasha, Grady County, Oklahoma, is consistently designated one of the representative figures in educational affairs in Oklahoma and is known alike for his high scholastic attainments and for his special ability as an executive. He has had long and varied pedagogical experience and has held his present official position since the spring of 1908. His effective labors and progressive policies have inured greatly to the general advancement of the public schools of Chickasha in giving to them a standard that is not excelled by that of any other city in the state.
Mr. Ramey claims the historic "Old Dominion" commonwealth as the place of his nativity and is of a family found there in an early day. He was born in Scott county, Virginia, on the 24th day of June, 1857, and in the same state were born his parents.
Mr. Ramey acquired his early education in the common schools and certain academic institutions in his native state. In pursuance of his higher academic studies he was matriculated in East Tennessee Wesleyan University, Athens, an institution that now constitutes the University of Chattanooga. Here he was graduated as a member of the class of 1881 with the degree of Bachelor of Arts, and through effective post graduate work received from his Alma Mater the degree of Master of Arts in 1883. Immediately after his graduation Mr. Ramey began his successful career as a teacher and continued to work in the public schools of his native state, with the exception of three years service in the city schools of El Dorado, Kansas, 1885-8, until 1893 when he removed to Carlisle, Kentucky, where he continued the able and valued superintendent of the city schools for the period of thirteen years. In 1906 he became Professor of History and Superintendent of the Young Ladies’ Boarding Department at Georgetown College, Georgetown, Kentucky. After remaining in tenure of these positions one year he passed a year in travel and recreation on the Pacific Coast.
On the 25th of May, 1908, Mr. Ramey was elected superintendent of the city schools of Chickasha, Oklahoma, where for the past eight years his administration has been attended with commendable success. At the time when he assumed his present office Mr. Ramey found Chickasha provided with no adequate high school building. He promptly put forth vigorous efforts in the moulding of public sentiment to the end of making provisions for a suitable building commensurate with the demands of the community, though the city had already come to the realization of the necessity of a modern high school building. In 1909 the present attractive and commodious building was completed. Upon Superintendent Ramey devolved the work of formulating and perfecting the present admirable system of the high school of Chickasha, besides which he effected a very thorough and well ordered re-organization of the work of the various grade departments, with the result that the Chickasha Schools now take high rank and are known for their splendid efficiency.
The local high school has affiliation with the North Central Association of Secondary Schools and Colleges, an organization including the Northern and Central States of the union. Under the zealous regime of Mr. Ramey the high school has developed along vocational as well as academic lines. In amplification of its regular courses there are established departments of manual training, domestic science, domestic art, normal training, athletics, and a commercial curriculum.
Mr. Ramey is an active and valued member of the Oklahoma Educational Association of which he is vice president for the electoral year of 1914-15, besides being chairman of its publicity committee. He is actively identified also with the Southern Educational Association and the National Educational Association, in which latter he served in 1912-13 as the Director for the State of Oklahoma. He has been an influential figure in educational work practically the entire period since Oklahoma has been enjoying statehood, and during the summer vacation periods his services have been much in demand in normal institute work in this state as well as in Kentucky and Virginia. His political allegiance is given to the democratic party, in the faith of which he was reared, his father having been one of its staunch supporters, and having been a valiant soldier of the Confederacy during the entire period of the Civil war.
In the year 1882 was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Ramey to Miss Ella Hickox, who was born and reared near Athens, in the State of Tennessee, where she received a liberal education. Mr. and Mrs. Ramey are active members of the Baptist Church in their home city. They have three sons all of whom are honoring the name which they bear. Emerson E. was graduated in the University of Kentucky, with the degree of Bachelor of Mechanics, and is now employed as an expert in the executive department of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad with headquarters at Baltimore, Md. Horace P. was graduated in the great University of Michigan with the degree of Civil Engineer and is now a licensed structural engineer, holding a responsible position with the Sanitary District of the City of Chicago. Carey F. was graduated in Georgetown College, Kentucky, with A. B. degree, and later took a special post-graduate course in chemistry and allied subjects in the University of California. He is now employed as a chemist in the service of the Standard Oil Company in their refinery at Richmond, California.