GEORGE C. JENSEN
is fortunate in having its educational interests in the hands of men who are
competent, thorough and progressive. In this classification belongs George C.
Jensen, assistant superintendent of the city schools and a native son of California.
He was born in Humboldt county October 25, 1882, and pursued his early
education in Boone’s preparatory school at Berkeley.
Later he was graduated from the University
of California, winning his Bachelor
of Arts degree in 1911 and his Master’s degree in 1912. He gained the Flood
fellowship at the university and was prominent in college circles. In 1913 he
went to Elko county, Nevada,
where he occupied the position of English teacher in the high school until
1914, when he was made principal of the school, there remaining until 1919. He
then became principal of the high school in Eureka,
Humboldt county, his work there covering the senior
and junior high schools and the junior college. In 1926 he was appointed a
director of research for the California Council of Education, with the
California Teachers Association in San Francisco.
In 1927 he came to Sacramento as
principal of the senior high school and in July 1929 was advanced to his
present position as superintendent of the city schools, having charge of the
secondary schools – the junior college, the senior high school, the junior high
schools, the continuation high school, the evening
school, and adult education. The steps in his orderly progression are easily
discernible. He has made continuous progress owing to the steady development of
his powers and his utilization of the opportunities which have come his way. In
the summer of 1929 he occupied the position of director of the State
Teachers College at Arcata,
California. During his college days he
became a member of the Phi Delta Kappa and he now has membership in the
National Education Association and the California Teachers Association and is
vice president of the California Society for Secondary Education.
Mr. Jensen was
married in 1913 to Miss Myrtle Hendee, a native of Michigan,
and they have four children: Alice
May, Roy Hendee, Florence Ruth and George Arthur.
They occupy an enviable position in those social circles where intelligence and
true worth are accepted as the passports into good society. During the World
war period Mr. Jensen held the rank of captain in the Home Guard in Nevada
for three years. He is a blue lodge Mason and has membership in the Sacramento
Rotary Club but devotes the greater part of his time and attention to educational
work and is regarded as a writer and educator of note, having contributed many
interesting and instructive articles on educational subjects to various
Transcribed by Debbie Walke Gramlick.
Source: Wooldridge, J.W. Major History of the Sacramento
Vol. 2 pgs. 351-352. The Pioneer
Historical Publishing Co. Chicago 1931.
© 2005 Debbie Walke Gramlick.