Lowry M. Stoops

Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
Valerie & Tommy Crook
September 26, 1999

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III,
pg. 272-273
Hancock County

LOWRY M. STOOPS. Among the younger generation of
educators who have made rapid strides in their calling with-
in recent years and who have contributed through their
labors to the advancement of the cause of education in
Hancock County, one who is well and popularly known
is Lowry M. Stoops, superintendent of schools of the New
Cumberland Independent District. Since the start of his
career Mr. Stoops has applied himself to educational work
with the exception of the period when he was serving in
the United States Army in the World war, in which he saw
much overseas service.

Lowry M. Stoops was born at Tustin, California, April
5, 1892, and is a son of Rev. J. P. Stoops, a minister of
the Presbyterian Church. Reverend Stoops came orig-
inally from Pennsylvania and has filled pulpits in various
parts of the country, including his native state, California,
Ohio and West Virginia. In the last named he served
eight years, at West Liberty and Warwood, and at the
latter place organized the congregation and erected the
present church edifice. At the present time he is filling
a charge at Wooster, Ohio.

The early education of Lowry M. Stoops was acquired
in the public schools, following which he pursued a course
in the normal school at West Liberty and was graduated
from that institution in 1909. In that year he became
principal of the Ward School at Benwood, and remained
in that capacity for five years, or until 1914, when, feeling
the need of further preparation, he enrolled as a student
at the West Virginia University. While he was engaged
in his collegiate work he conducted an extension course.
Mr. Stoops had a brilliant college career and was duly
graduated in 1917, with the degree of Bachelor of Arts.
At this time his career was interrupted when the United
States became involved in the World war, and he enlisted
in the Fifteenth United States Engineers, with which unit
he saw two years of service, twenty-one months being in
France. This was a railroad organization, in which Mr.
Stoops held the rank of sergeant, and its work, principally
the building of railroad yards, new roads, bridges, etc.,
frequently brought them within range of the enemy’s
fire. Sergeant Stoops was with the Headquarters Com-
pany, and his record was one of conscientious attention to
duty. On his return, and after he had received his honor-
able discharge from the army, he again took up the pro-
fession of teaching, and during 1919 and a part of 1920
was principal of the Weirton High School. In the latter
year he was elected superintendent of the New Cumberland
Independent School District, which includes seventeen
teachers and a student enrollment of 500. Of these ninety
pupils are in the high school, and in 1921 the graduating
class consisted of twenty graduates. Mr. Stoops is greatly
interested in his work and is indefatigable in his efforts
to improve the system and elevate the standards. In his
labors he is being assisted by the teachers and pupils, with
whom he has become greatly popular, and his work is also
receiving the sanction and appreciation of his fellow-
citizens at New Cumberland. Mr. Stoops stands high in
the esteem of his fellow educators and is a valued member
of the West Virginia Educational Association and the
National Educational Association. He is partial to all
forms of out-door and indoor exercise, particularly basket-
ball and baseball, but primarily the latter. While a stu-
dent at West Virginia University he was a member of the
varsity team, and at present acts as coach for the local
school team at New Cumberland, which under his instruc-
tion and guidance has won several county championships
in contests with other Hancock County School clubs.

Mr. Stoops was united in marriage with Miss Mary L.
Williamson, of Ben’s Run, Tyler County, West Virginia,
whom he met as a fellow-educator at Weirton. Mrs. Stoops
has taken an active and helpful part in all work of local
progress and has been a leading figure in several move-