Hunter Hall of Fame

James Taylor

James Taylor was Denfeld’s longest serving principle, and the first at its building on 44th Avenue West and Fourth Street. He was hired in 1918, and served for 27 years.

Taylor is credited with establishing many of the traditions that cemented the school’s reputation. His firmest belief was that students should “win both ways,” in the classroom and on the athletic field.

“Do what you choose and we’ll judge you on what you choose,” he told students.

A retirement party for Taylor was held in the Denfeld Auditorium in 1945. The program noted: “He created an enviable reputation for Denfeld High School ranking high among all schools in the America. In honoring Mr. Taylor we are doing more than honoring a worthy man; we are honoring Denfeld itself, for truly this man is Denfeld."

He died in 1957.

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