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Karl Dickenson Browning

KARL DICKENSON BROWNING, principal of the Newport High School at Newport, Virginia, comes of a family of Virginia educators and individually has achieved a most successful record in his chosen profession.

Mr. Browning is of old English and early Virginia Colonial stock. He was born at Abingdon, Virginia, July 27, 1889. The house in which he was born was erected in 1779 and it is still standing in a fair state of repairs. His father, George Washington Browning, was a native of Virginia, was educated by private tutors and devoted his active career to teaching. His mother, Nannie Verina Dickenson, was likewise a capable educator. She attended a private school that is now known as the Temple Hill High School, at Castlewood, Virginia.

Karl Dickenson Browning grew up in the rural district around Abingdon, received his first lessors in a one room school, and subsequently continued his education in Emory and Henry Academy and in Emory and Henry College. He was graduated Bachelor of Arts in 1914, and in the intervals of teaching he did work as a graduate student in the University of Virginia during 1916, 1919 and 1922. Mr. Browning has given his whole time and energy to educational work, and each successive change has been prompted by a laudable ambition to make the most of his abilities and each period of service has resulted in improved conditions of the schools where lie has served. For one year he was principal of the high school in his home county, another year principal of the Adwolfe High and Graded School, Smyth County, during 1916-19 was principal of the New Castle High School; in 1919-21 was principal of the Fincastle High School at Fincastle, Virginia, and in 1921 took up his duties as principal at the Newport High School:

During the World war Mr. Browning passed the physical examination but was placed in class IV. He responded to all calls for war work. He is a liberal democrat and a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. At Sugar Grove, Virginia, December 26, 1914, he married Miss Myra Virginia Callihan, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S. D. Callihan, now residents of Glade Spring. The three children of Mr. and Mrs. Browning are: Lloyd Dickenson, Samuel Maurice and Phillip Kendall.