Who was A. M. Story?
Alonzo Marion Story (1882-1966) was born in New Orleans to parents John
and Mary Story. He attended public schools and graduated from
Louisiana's Leland College before doing post-graduate work in Texas and
Story came to Texas at the age of 21 and taught mathematics in Midway.
He also served as a mail clerk before moving in 1912 to Palestine, where
he taught math at Lincoln High School, the school for African American
students. He taught there until 1917, when he moved to Austin to be
principal of the state's Deaf, Dumb and Blind Institute for African
In 1924, Story was offered a job as principal in Dallas. Instead, he
returned to Palestine's Lincoln High School, where he taught math and
served as principal. Beloved and respected, Story stayed until retiring
in 1949, teaching his last years with no eyesight. After retirement, he
tutored from his home.
In 1953, the school district opened a new facility and named it Alonzo
Marion Story High School in honor of the revered educator. After
desegregation, the school became a junior high and then an elementary
school before being destroyed by a tornado in 1987. In 1990, the
district built a new school named for him.
Story dedicated his life to education. In addition to his roles as
teacher and principal, he was director of religious education at West
Union Baptist Church and served on the executive committee of the Texas
State Teachers Association and as vice president of the East Texas
Teachers Association. His immeasurable contributions to Palestine are
reflected in the community's commemoration of his life.
Information taken from the Texas Historical Marker located at the front of the school.