G.A. Rosborough Administrative Offices

rosboroughMr. Garfield Alton Rosborough retired from the Marshall Independent School District after 48 years of service to Marshall students, including 28 spent as Principal at Pemberton High School. At the time of his retirement in 1972, Mr. Rosborough was one of just two educators to have served as principal of Pemberton High School – along with the school’s namesake himself, Mr. H.B. Pemberton.

Born in Harrison County in the Nesbitt community in 1903, Mr. Rosborough graduated as salutatorian of Central High School in Marshall in 1918. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Wiley College and taught school in Oklahoma one year before returning to Central High School in 1924.

He was named Principal of Pemberton High School in 1944, and for the 28 years he spent as Principal the school never lost its “A” rating with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools established in the early 1920s under Professor Pemberton.

While serving as Principal, Mr. Rosborough earned a Master of Arts degree from the University of Colorado in 1947. During his administration, faculty size increased from an original number of 14 to 76 in 1971. Classrooms at Pemberton increased from 15 in 1944 to 47 upon his retirement.

Under Mr. Rosborough’s leadership, course offerings added included Modern Languages, Physical Education for boys and girls, Speech, Journalism, and Social Studies. He also added vocational courses such as Agriculture, Cosmetology, Vocational Office Education, Industrial Cooperative Training and Coordinated Vocational Academic Education.

His overall impact on Marshall and the local school district was highlighted at his memorial service on April 28, 1978, with tributes presented by such leaders as U.S. Congressman Sam B. Hall, Marshall Superintendent Truitt Ingram, past Superintendents Von Rhea Beane and V.H. Hackney, and the Harrison County Unit of Retired Teachers.
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