Collinsville, Oklahoma
December 11, 2009
Collinsville School Superintendents
A Brief Sampling of Collinsville School Chiefs for More
Than A Century

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First Transition In 24 years -- Terry Due (left) will take over the Collinsville Public School Superintendent's job in January 2010 with the retirement of Pat Herald (right). Due was the first person hired (below) by Herald back in 1986. Herald took over the top school job from Neil Ridley in 1986.
Partial (unofficial) List of
Collinsville Public School "Superintendents"

(from the archives of the
Newspaper Museum In Collinsville)
1898-1900Rev. D. N. Burton
1900-1901Grace Hill and Norvell
1901-1902Robert Moore
1902-1903Mrs. R.L. Higgins and Miss Berryhill
1903-1904Howard Paxton
1904-1905Inez Morrow-Mullen and Mrs Josie Smith
1905-1908G.L. Hicks
1908-1909?? Ashbaugh
1909-1910G.E. Stevens
1911-1912F.E. Brown
1912-1914W.D. Harwood
1914-1921 Leroy H. Petit
1921-1924 Edmund J. Stevenson
1925-1926C.O. Dean
1927-1939 T.G. Napier (12 years)
1940-1942 Dale Kessinger
1943-1969Howell H. Wilson (32 years)
1969-1979Bill Garner
1979-1986Neil Ridley
1986-2009Pat Herald (24 years)
2010- Terry Due
I had a 1938 news article for the early info but still need to fill in a few gaps for the more modern times. I suspect some of the Indian Territory (pre-statehood) names were more likely the only or head school teacher rather than an administrator only. -- Ted Wright 12/11/2009
Terry Due was the CHS Head Football Coach for nine years from 1986-1994. Terry became CHS Principal in 1995 and then Assistant Superintendent in Jan. 2005 after serving as an assistant to Craig Creech for half a school year while the new middle school was being built.
Pat Herald (center facing camera) on the sidelines as a CHS football coach (along with Ron McHenry) in 1977.
Pat Herald coaching CHS baseball in April 1982.
At a brief retirement ceremony before his final school board meeting (Dec. 10, 2009) Pat Herald received a State of Oklahoma proclamation from State Representative Earl Sears (left).
Pat Herald was joined by his family (above) at the Dec. 10th retirement gathering. L-R: Pat & Judy Herald (who will be the Grand Marshalls at the 2009 Collinsville Christmas Parade), their son Damon Herald (with his wife Alicia and son Jayce in front of him) and their daughter Keeli Bowers (and her daughter Mia).
The current school board members (left) honored Pat Herald for his many years of service to Collinsville school before his final board meeting Dec. 10, 2009.
L-R: Memory Ostrander, Wendell Johnson, Pat Herald, Donna Sears, Steve Stout and Joe Hampton. Hampton had also been on the board when Herald was hired as Superintendent 1986.

Wilson Elementary (completed in 1960) was named after Howell Wilson


Herald Elementary was named after Pat Herald


Updated 2/27/2013 with August 1940 start for Dale Kessinger. -- & new partial assistant's list below
Assistant Superintendents
(New Position started in1980)
1980-1982 Bill Garner
1983-1984 Rex Aldridge
1985-1986 Pat Herald
1987-2004 Craig Creech
2005-2009 Terry Due
2010- Lance West