Charles E. Beatty
Born in Detroit, MI in 1909, Charles Eugene Beatty, Sr. (also known as "Chief") attended Northeastern High School. Named Michigan High School Track and Field Athlete of the year in 1928, Beatty extended his many athletic achievements into his college years where he attended Michigan State Normal College. His commitment to excellence is not only displayed in his athletic pursuits but his dedication to education as well. From 1940 to 1970 Beatty was the Principal of L.C. Perry Elementary School; making him the first African-American Principal in Michigan. Being the primary pioneer in the development and success of Head Start Programs in the US, Beatty emphasized health, nutrition, family and community as being factors in school success. Beatty's ambition to create a school where each student mattered and where school was the core of the community came to fruition as Beatty and a team of motivated individuals created the well known HighScope Perry Preschool Project. The project addresses the issue of academic failure and takes preventative measures by involving the community and parents in preparing the very young students for the future. In 1985, Beatty was inducted into the Michigan Education Hall of Fame.