Junius Harris Rose
Junius Harris Rose was born in 1892 and was Superintendent of Greenville City Schools from 1920 to 1967. He earned his undergraduate degree from Trinity College (now Duke University) in 1913, and his Master’s degree from Columbia University in 1926. During World War One, Rose served in the United States Army as a First Lieutenant. In 1913, he was a principal in Kinston schools for two years and then served as principal in Bethel until 1917. After his stint in the US Army, Rose came to Greenville at first as principal of Greenville High School in 1919 and on July 1, 1920, became Superintendent of Greenville City Schools, a post he held for forty-seven years.
In addition to educational leadership, Rose was active in promoting veterans’ affairs and civil defense in North Carolina: from 1939 and 1940, he served as American Legion Commander for the State of North Carolina; during the Second World War he was the assistant State director for Civil Defense in Eastern North Carolina; in 1945, Rose helped form the North Carolina Veterans Commission. Throughout his career he served to promote the betterment of North Carolina’s citizens in numerous administrative capacities that included the Governor’s Commission on Employment of the Physically Handicapped, Governor’s commission on Library Resources, North Carolina Conference Board of Christian Educators, and more.
People knew the name, and people knew the man. Mr. Rose was an active and personable leader who often interfaced with students, teachers, as well as other community leaders. One teacher commented that “Mr. Rose always went out of his way to personally congratulate students and teachers for their accomplishments.” Often, students would gather at the bulletin board to read a hand written note tacked there by their superintendent. Recently retired from Pitt County Schools, Mrs. Ella Harris knew Mr. Rose as a student and later as a colleague. She recalled that Mr. Rose was a stately man who was kind and who believed that all kids deserved to be educated. Mr. Rose had a history of finding money to get students into of college, if they so desired, regardless of race. He was not afraid to talk to students and show his support; everybody knew him. Rose’s presence made people feel good. Generations of students felt directly his influence. Mr. Rose’s leadership and demeanor encouraged and empowered students to be good and do good things.
Because of his long and dedicated service in Greenville, there exists plenty of documented evidence of Rose’s efforts as an educational leader, some in his own words: In a Daily Reflector article dated March 28, 1967, Rose admitted that he was a self described non-conformist who “never failed to stick his neck out when such a gamble seemed to be in the interest of youth.” Furthermore, Rose was described as having “An intense belief in getting down to essentials, whether in an administrative office or in the classroom,[which] has resulted in his dislike for red tape, long meetings, and unnecessary paper work. Equally strong is his belief in an open-door policy for superintendents, principals, and teachers.” And from a 1964 article in the News and Observer, Rose quipped: “I don’t believe in pampering school children, he said firmly, I believe in working them hard.”
Junius Harris Rose died March 29, 1972, at age 80.
author: Steven A. Hill
Wisdom from the mind of Junius Harris Rose:
JHR on Student Motivation:
--“We believe that a large number of children need to be gently, but firmly compelled to do work in school. We believe in hard work. We believe in citizenship and scholarship.”
JHR on Unruly and misbehaved Students
--“We believe we should give every child as much individual help as possible, but we do not believe that we should spend the great portion of our time working with children who dare you to educate them. We believe we have an obligation to America to do all we can for those children who are going to be worth something to America and who America needs and will need in the future.”
JHR on Student Discipline
--“We believe in discipline. We believe that every child as a right to be disciplined in the home and in the school. We believe that freedom comes only to those whose minds and bodies are disciplined.”
JHR on Parent Involvement
--“ We know that schools cannot do the job alone, but that both parents and teachers should present a consistent, unyielding, and united front demanding that children put education first in using each 24 hours.”
JHR on Homework
“We believe in homework and we believe, therefore, that the school children should use school nights for studying, studying in a quiet place with no radio or television set turned on and no visitors. We know that it is necessary for the home to provide a comfortable and quite place in which to study.”
JHR on Ethics
--“We further believe that real happiness comes only with the full development of one's powers, and that with the full development of one's powers there follows the ability to think straight and to recognize the difference between right and wrong.”
JHR on Education in General
--“We do not want a soft educational program. Already there are too many soft spots in the scheme of things in the modern world.”
--“ We want our educational program in Greenville to make people unafraid of the hard spots in life.”
--“Those of us who are attempting to give direction to the school program in Greenville believe that the chief function of education is to make people happier.”
JHR on Proper Attitude
--“We believe that the attitudes of the home towards education is the most important thing in the education process, and we are grateful to the parents of Greenville for the fact that more and more we find that the homes are emphasizing homework and good study habits.”
JHR on the Role of Teachers and Parents
--“Teachers and parents, however, must give them [students] the vision, encouragement, and inspiration for their task. A climate for the learning, a vision for personal growth, a personal responsibility.”
Source: Daily Reflector, November 12, 1959. “City Schools Supt. Cites Philosophy of Program”
Sources: ( Daily Reflector 23 June 1960… “Schools are Year ‘Round Job for Rose.” The Daily Reflector March 28, 1967 article by Dr. V.M. Mulholland. News and Observer, Raleigh, March 15, 1964, “Greenville School Head Believes in Working.”Ella Tyson Harris interview on June 25, 2009. “Rampant Lines” April 25, 1972. Daily Reflector article “City Schools Supt. Cites Philosophy of Program.” East Carolina University’s Joyner Library, Special Collections and North Carolina Room) Student Handbook Greenville High School, PUBLISHED BY
THE 1938-1939 STUDENT COUNCIL
OF GREENVILLE HIGH SCHOOL. GREENVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA