Who was Gordon A. Bailey?

Mr. Gordon A. Bailey began his career in education in 1938 with the Austin Independent School District.

He was a teacher, a coach, a counselor, an assistant principal and a principal. In 1960, he became the first principal of Johnston High School. His students called him "Papa" Bailey, and he knew each of them by name. He retired from Austin ISD in 1972.

Mr. Bailey's career was one of service to his community and to children. In addition to his career in education, Mr. Bailey served honorably as a First Lieutenant in the United States Air Force, and was even a professional baseball player. His many awards, commendations, and citations can be seen in the Gordon A. Bailey Room - Room 118 of our school.

Bailey Middle School is proud to bear his name.