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Roy Cloud, An Educator and Historian


As head of the San Mateo County school system, Roy W. Cloud, Superintendent of schools, is known in almost every household in the county, and he is known to be fully competent and capable to discharge the responsibility that falls upon one in charge of the county’s future citizens.

This is Mr. Cloud’s ninth year of office, having been elected for a third term in 1914. During his incumbency the San Mateo County schools have expanded to one of the finest systems in the state with a teaching corps and a set of buildings that should be a pride to every San Mateo County citizen.

Roy W. Cloud was born at Crystal Springs, San Mateo County, August 24 in 1876 and received the first part of his education in the schools of this county, completing his preparatory work at the Sequoia Union High School. He graduated from Stanford University with an A.B. degree. Before becoming County Superintendent of Schools Mr. Cloud had considerable experience in educational lines. He was principal of the school at Bodie, Cal., and before taking his degree at Stanford he taught in Redwood City schools. 

Mr. Cloud comes from a well known San Mateo family, his mother having come to the county in 1856 and his father, Joseph James Cloud, having been County Surveyor for sixteen years. He resides in Redwood City with his family, and his nine-year-old son Noble attends the Redwood schools.

Mr. Cloud has prominent fraternal affiliations. He is Past Master of Redwood City Lodge No. 168 F. & A.M., Past Patron of Sequoia Chapter No. 203, Order of the Eastern Star and is a member of the Foresters, the Sons of the American Revolution and the California Schoolmasters’ Club.

Transcribed by Betty Wilson 

Source: History of San Mateo County by Philip W. Alexander & Charles P. Hamm page 130. Press of Burlingame Publishing Co., Burlingame, CA. 1916.

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