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The HistoryMakers Video Oral History With Rena Bancroft

Stearns, Scott; HistoryMakers (Video Oral History Collection)
Format
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Summary
College president Rena Ercelle Merritt Bancroft was born on September 14, 1931 in Clinton, North Carolina. In 1948, Bancroft took a high school English test and earned the highest score in the State of North Carolina. Bancroft initially attended Howard University but transferred to Syracuse University, where she earned her B.A. and M.A. degrees in home economics and education. In 1952, Bancroft began her career as a teacher in Watertown, New York. In 1956, Bancroft moved to the West Coast and began teaching in the Oakland Public School System. Bancroft also worked for the McCall Pattern Company, serving as a lecturer at schools in San Francisco and San Jose. Bancroft went on to become the first African American woman principal in the San Mateo Peninsula School District. In 1985, Bancroft became president of the City College of San Francisco. Upon retirement, Bancroft worked as a consultant for the State of California.
Performers
Loretta Henry, interviewer.
Release Date
2016
Run Time
173 min.
Language
English
Variant Title
History Makers video oral history with Rena Bancroft
Rena Bancroft
Credits
Videographer, Scott Stearns.
Published
Chicago, Illinois : The HistoryMakers, [2016]
Recording Info
Recorded San Francisco, California 2006 April 7.
Description
1 online resource (6 video files (2 hr., 52 min., 43 sec.)) : sound, color
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