January 26, 2018

Stanley Warren, retired dean of academic affairs and professor of education at DePauw University, has managed to not only lead through education, but he’s also a successful author of four books — including “High Five: African-American Institutions That Have Strengthened the Indianapolis Community” and “Crispus Attucks High School: Hail to the Green, Hail to the Gold.”

Stanley Warren, 1951 Crispus Attucks Alum

To say that Warren has lived out his dreams is an understatement. The 1951 Attucks graduate and 2009 IPS Hall of Fame inductee recently discussed how he continues to be an inspiration to others and create a legacy through education.

Early life in Indianapolis …

I grew up on the eastside of Indianapolis and went to Schools 56, 26 and Crispus Attucks High School. School was uneventful in my early years, but I remember vividly growing up in a black environment where there was no interaction between blacks and whites. I enjoyed playing football, basketball, baseball and swimming with my neighborhood friends. We spent most of our time after school at Douglas Park.

Your experience at Crispus Attucks High School …

I consider attending Attucks to be one of the best times of my life. It was a trouble-free time in my life where I developed great friendships and had a lot of success as a student. I had teachers that cared about me, who also encouraged me to be my best. Additionally, sports were one of the activities that helped me stay focused in school. I played on the basketball team during the 1950-51 school year.

Overall, Attucks was where I learned to love education.

Fondest IPS memory as a student …

I received a lot of love from teachers in both grade school and high school. I received a lot of praise that I didn’t have before. I started to think I was a good student; that I was capable. Additionally, being a part of a team seemed to bring something out of me that I didn’t know existed. This kind of love from teachers and playing basketball at school boosted my spirits and self-confidence.

My IPS education prepared me for …

My IPS education prepared me to enter a higher level of education with confidence, knowing that I could be successful. My desire to attend college didn’t come from home, but from external services like IPS and the military.

Higher Education …

I started out in the Army right after high school and worked on the line for RCA. I soon realized that I wanted more for myself and used my GI Bill to fund college. I started at Indiana Central College (which is now the University of Indianapolis). I doubled majored in economics and education. I graduated in 1959.  I then went to Indiana University for my master’s degree in teaching and then my doctorate in higher education in 1973.

My life since graduating …

After college, I was awarded a lot of summer grants for students to study at different universities. I went to many universities through the summer, including Northwestern, Williams College, University of St. Louis and Oxford.

Getting into my career, I taught secondary education and African-American History at DePauw University for 20 years. I loved being a professor at DePauw. Additionally, I taught World History at Crispus Attucks for 10 years (1961-1971).

Aside from teaching, I wrote four books – one of which is “Crispus Attucks High School, Hail to the Green, Hail to the Gold.” The kind of writing I did while I was teaching is different than the writing I’ve done since I’ve retired. Since retirement, most of my writing has been about African-Americans and the state of Indiana.

Proudest accomplishments …

Finishing high school was a huge accomplishment for my family. I am also proud of making my mark in the community. Establishing a place for myself through my writing has preserved some of the history and accomplishments of the African-American community.

Through my educational life, I am proud to stand as a beacon to those who say that African-Americans are limited to what they can do.

Family…

My mother and father had very low levels of education; both came from the South with basic education. There were three of us children – I was the youngest with an older brother and sister, both of whom are deceased.

Interests/ Hobbies …

I am currently hooked on playing golf. Though I feel I’m not the best, I keep trying.  Writing is definitely a hobby I enjoy. I also enjoy watching black-and-white films.

Vision/Dreams …

I have lived beyond my dreams. Overall, I hope to see where everything is on an even level. That if one puts their best effort in, then everyone will have the same opportunities with no external circumstances

Final Quote …

“I don’t know where I’m goin’, but I know where I’ve been. I can’t say what life will show me, but I can say what I’ve seen.”   Jimmy Cliff — Reggae singer