William Tinkler was principal of Roosevelt School, a kindergarten through eighth grade school in Bridgeport. In order to strengthen and diversify the knowledge of his students, Mr. Tinkler added pre-algebra and Latin to the curriculum and introduced the study of the classics to all grade levels. He also required all students to wear uniforms. Mr. Tinkler's optimism and upbeat style created an energy and enthusiasm for learning which he passed on to both students and teachers at Roosevelt School. "I believe that a positive attitude is contagious," said Mr. Tinkler. "We must and we will change children's 'I can't' to 'I can!'"
1964 Morgan State University, B.A.