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Excerpt from Oral History Interview with Fred Battle, January 3, 2001. Interview K-0525. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) See Entire Interview >>

McDougle involves himself at Lincoln High School

Here, Battle describes Lincoln High School principal C.A. McDougle as an administrator who was deeply involved in academics at Lincoln and who would often observe classes. McDougle was "a strong disciplinary person" and kept the school running smoothly.

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Oral History Interview with Fred Battle, January 3, 2001. Interview K-0525. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) in the Southern Oral History Program Collection, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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RG: You had mentioned that your principal, C.A. MacDougal, was like a surrogate father, and you said something about he would follow up. Could you expand on that more? What did you mean by his following up? FB: Well, Mr. MacDougal was one that, like I said, he was a strong disciplinary person. He, it wasn’t nothin’ for him to be standin’ in the class as the teacher’s instructing the students, you know. He would attend the classroom, sometimes sit down there. And he’d make sure that the information that you should be receiving that you were receiving, and do just an overview of the participation of classes. And if for some reason you didn’t exemplify the learning attitude, it wasn’t nothin’ for him to call you in the office and talk to you about it. Sit down one on one. And also, this helped too, because it gave him an opportunity to appraise the teachers and their presentation and how they was presenting the subject matter to the students. RG: He was really an activist – he was in the classroom, he was in the hallways. FB: He was in the hallways – he was a one-man team there. They used to call him Mr. Mac. And he was the one that really kept the school in terms of running, and made sure that we had what we need to operate. And also he was primarily responsible for making sure that we had a learning environment in the school system.