KMEA Hall of Fame
Jessie Lillian Clark
Inducted in 1983
Jessie Lillian Clark was born in Kingston, New York on November 2, 1863. She taught several years at the Kingston academy and in grade schools in New York from 1887 to 1892. In September of 1892 she succeeded George C. Young as music supervisor of the Wichita Public Schools. In that capacity, she rapidly rose to prominence, organizing a high school chorus in 1893, a high school orchestra and mandolin club in 1899. Miss Clark was active in the Music Department of the Kansas State Teachers Association, serving as its chair in 1903. She was on the nomination committee and was secretary pro-tem of the Music Education Department of NEA in 1912. Ms. Clark was one of the organizers and founders of the Music Supervisors National Conference at Keokuk, Iowa in 1907.