In Memory

Ben Moore (Principal)

Ben Moore (Principal)

Ben Moore was The Principal of Amarillo High School when we graduated.  He passed away March 18th 2008.  

He was born Jan. 26, 1929, in Kelford, N.C., the son of the late Grover Cleveland Moore and Janie Walker Moore. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War as a submariner and  graduated from NTSU in Denton, where he played college football.

He married Saralyn Owens on Oct. 9, 1955, in Carthage.

They made their home in Amarillo for 49 years.  His lifelong vocation was education, serving as a teacher, coach and an administrator.  He served as a teacher and coach in Arlington, Corsicana and Amarillo. He served as assistant principal of Amarillo High School from 1961-1967. He was principal at Crockett Junior High School from 1967-1971, and then was named principal at Amarillo High School from 1971-1987.  His surviving children were Mark Moore, Lori Moore Fogg and also Sallye Moore Fleming, that graduated with us, in the Class of 80.

He also served on the board of the Jan Werner Foundation and was a member of the Amarillo Retired Teachers Association.  He was known by all as a lifelong lover of books, golf and hunting. Most importantly, he was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church, where he taught Sunday school for 35 years.

He was a devoted mentor, spiritual leader, father and husband. He was a man who inspired greatness in others with a rare combination of intelligence, empathy and wisdom and we are proud to have been Sandies under his watch.  All Sandies will dearly miss him... 


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05/21/10 09:42 PM #1    

Sallye Moore (Fleming)

I don't know who included my dad in the memorial, but thank you so much.  He was a great man.


05/29/10 01:32 AM #2    

Karla Kornegay (Weatherly)

As a high school student probably very few would recognize at the time that they had a great principal.  But looking back, it is obvious that Mr. Moore created a campus that was safe, had a great staff and was a lot of fun.  He always seemed to be happy and calm....a good thing for a principal.... and he always had a friendly smile on his face.  He was a great man and a wonderful leader.

06/08/10 07:22 AM #3    

Janna Vernon (Wittenburg)

Very well said, Karla. Having worked in a middle school office, I can say that a school is only as good as its principal. AHS was a great school with a great leader.

08/02/10 12:25 PM #4    

Summer Sudbury (Richards)

He was a great man Sallye... and we are all a part of his accomplishment - There was no way he could have been left out, it's that simple!

08/03/10 10:49 AM #5    

Karla Kay Fouts (Hilton)

I was so sad to hear of Mr. Moore's passing.    I got to know him fairly well my senior year after being sent to his office several times for skipping class!   Lots of good memories of him!  Class of 80 misses you Mr. Moore!

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