Mr. H. R. Jefferies, longtime Comanche resident and former superintendent of schools, has served public education for 50 years with 27 of those years right here at Comanche ISD, which he and his wife Rosemary still call home.
Jefferies served as superintendent of CISD for 17 years, from 1973 to 1990. All three of his sons, David, Spencer and Kirk, are Comanche graduates. Upon retirement in 1990, Jefferies continued his service to CISD for another 10 years as the director of transportation and maintenance, but even after his retirement from that position, he continues to serve each campus delivering Comanche Chief newspapers every Wednesday.
His colleagues speak well of him commenting that in his tenure at CISD he was everywhere, hardly missing an academic or athletic event. And when it came to running the schools, he could be found doing whatever it took; from being a game referee to mowing the school grounds. “That’s not my job!” was never a statement he made. He is referred to as a team player and an administrative leader that treated everyone fair.
In his time here in Comanche, he feels most things have stayed about the same. Technology is the one item that he felt really started to transform education, first in the administrative business of running the school and now all the way down to the primary classroom.
Jefferies began his education at Corpus Christi Dell Mar Junior College and received his Bachelors and Masters at Hardin Simmons. He was part of the educational integration movement at Paducah ISD in 1965.