Professor Claybon, as he was affectionately known, served 42 years as a principal in Texas public schools – 39 of those years as principal of the segregated Booker T. Washington High School in Forney. His leadership is credited by many as a significant factor in the peaceful integration of the Forney schools. He understood that the quality of the building makes a powerful impact on teaching and learning.
It is appropriate that our school building bears his name. Professor L.E. Claybon was truly a pioneer in education and a champion for children.
“He rose to the challenge with grace and dignity.”