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Perry W Lindsey

 From the brochure distributed at the renaming ceremony in 2008:

 

Perry W. Lindsey 
Role Model and Trailblazer

Recognized as a role model and trailblazer, Perry W. Lindsey became Long Beach's first African-American principal in the 1960's, more than 20 years after he served as one of WWll's famed and highly decorated Tuskegee Airmen.

Born in New Albany, Indiana, Lindsey was a gifted athlete. After graduating from Corydon High School in southern Indiana, he attended Indiana State Teacher's College. His studies were interrupted in 1941 by America's entry into WWll.

Drafted into the US Air Corps, he became one of the select few servicemen chosen for an experimental new program to train African-American fighter pilots and crews for dangerous combat missions. This elite group, known as the Tuskegee Airmen, became one of the most highly decorated units of war. He flew combat missions again during the Korean conflict from 1951 to 1953.

Following his service in Korea, Lindsey and his wife, Evelyn, moved to Long Beach. He taught at Eugene Field and Roosevelt Elementary schools before becoming vice principal at Roosevelt and Burnett Elementary schools.

In 1969, he became the first African-American principal when he was appointed to the leadership post at College Intermediate School. He later served as principal at Whittier Elementary School. He was also director of compensatory education for the district before retiring in 1987.

Perry W. Lindsey died in 2004 at the age of 81, leaving a legacy of excellence that continues to inspire educators, students and anyone who values hard work, determination and courage.

Airman Lindsey making history during WWII.
Perry Lindsey Airman