1901 – 1991
Sumner High School English teacher Rebecca L. Bloodworth was born in Bethpage, Tennessee, received her bachelor’s degree from Atlanta University, and earned a master’s in English from Columbia University.
She started her career in Kansas City, Kansas, teaching at Northeast Junior High School before joining the faculty of Sumner High School. In 1965, this respected educator was named a Kansas Master Teacher of the Year by Kansas State Teachers College (now Emporia State University).
Upon her retirement, the students of Sumner High School dedicated the 1966 yearbook to Bloodworth, writing that she had “proven to be much more than just a teacher, but a dear friend and a person dedicated to the profession of educating young people. … She has enriched our lives and elevated our thoughts to higher ideas.” Bloodworth lived out her last years in Tuskegee, Alabama.