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Andre J. Hornsby

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Interview Date

December 7, 2004

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Education Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Beans (Red), Rice
Favorite Time of Year:
All Seasons
Favorite Vacation Spot:
South Africa

Birthplace

Born:
10/7/1953
Birth Location:
New Orleans, Louisiana

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Education Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Beans (Red), Rice
Favorite Time of Year:
All Seasons
Favorite Vacation Spot:
South Africa

Birthplace

Born:
10/7/1953
Birth Location:
New Orleans
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Biography

Andre Jose Hornsby was born on October 7, 1953, in New Orleans, Louisiana; his mother was a seamstress and his father was a carpenter and bricklayer. An early learner, Hornsby began attending school when he was just two and a half years old and was able to read at three. Hornsby's parents divorced during his early childhood and his mother moved the family to Gary, Indiana. In 1971, Hornsby earned his high school diploma from Bishop Noll Institute Catholic High School in Hammond, Indiana, where he was a star athlete excelling in football and track.

After high school, Hornsby attended Arizona Western Community College on a football scholarship, where he earned his A.A. degree in pre-medicine and education in 1973. Hornsby then went on to attend the University of Tulsa, earning his B.S. degree in education in 1975. Hornsby received his master’s degree in health and physical education from the University of Houston in 1976 and began his teaching career that same year. In 1982, Hornsby earned his doctorate of education from Texas Southern University.

From 1995 until 1998, Hornsby served as superintendent of the South Central District of the Houston Independent School District. In this position he founded a 21st Century Laboratory School with Texas Southern University and restructured more than 200 schools in the district. In 1998, Hornsby served as superintendent of the Yonkers, New York Public School system; during his tenure, standardized test scores improved and he increased the number of reading, math, and technology programs in the school system. From 2001 until 2003, Hornsby worked as president for the National Alliance of Black School Educators, a nonprofit organization devoted to furthering academic success for the nation’s children, particularly children of African descent. In 2003, Hornsby served as supervising superintendent of Executive Leadership Development, working with district superintendents, local school boards, and communities to implement an executive leadership development program in New York Public Schools. Later that year he was hired as the chief executive officer for Prince George’s County Public Schools in Maryland.

Hornsby has received numerous awards for his educational and civic accomplishments.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Andre J. Hornsby's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Andre J. Hornsby lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Andre J. Hornsby describes his mother and his childhood household
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Andre J. Hornsby describes his paternal family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Andre J. Hornsby talks about his parents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Andre J. Hornsby talks about his grandmothers
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Andre J. Hornsby remembers attending Martinez Kindergarten School, New Orleans, Louisiana at a young age
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Andre J. Hornsby describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Andre J. Hornsby describes his childhood neighborhood in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Andre J. Hornsby describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Andre J. Hornsby talks about his brother
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Andre J. Hornsby recalls moving to Gary, Indiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Andre J. Hornsby remembers his early schooling in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Andre J. Hornsby remembers his experience at Holy Rosary School in Gary, Indiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Andre J. Hornsby recalls his childhood aspirations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Andre J. Hornsby recalls observing racism as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Andre J. Hornsby describes his childhood activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Andre J. Hornsby talks about his time at Bishop Noll Institute in Hammond, Indiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Andre J. Hornsby talks about the influence of the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Andre J. Hornsby talks about his athletic hopes while at Bishop Noll Institute in Hammond, Indiana
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Andre J. Hornsby describes a high school sports injury that derailed his college plans
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Andre J. Hornsby talks about gang activity during his youth in Gary, Indiana
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Andre J. Hornsby explains how he obtained an athletic scholarship at Arizona Western College in Yuma, Arizona
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Andre J. Hornsby talks about his experience at Arizona Western College in Yuma, Arizona
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Andre J. Hornsby describes his experience at the University of Tulsa in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Andre J. Hornsby describes his activism at the University of Tulsa in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Andre J. Hornsby talks about earning his master's degree from University of Houston in Houston, Texas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Andre J. Hornsby talks about his early teaching experiences in Houston, Texas
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Andre J. Hornsby talks about his gymnastics school in Houston, Texas
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Andre J. Hornsby describes his desire to head a large urban school district
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Andre J. Hornsby describes the challenges of administration and teaching
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Andre J. Hornsby describes moving to the Yonkers Public School District in Yonkers, New York
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Andre J. Hornsby describes the conflict over his new implementation plan at Yonkers Independent School District in Yonkers, New York
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Andre J. Hornsby talks about his work for National Alliance of Black School Educators and New York City public schools
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Andre J. Hornsby describes his struggles after leaving Yonkers Public Schools in Yonkers, New York
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Andre J. Hornsby talks about becoming CEO of Prince George's County Public Schools in Prince George's County, Maryland
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Andre J. Hornsby describes his work as CEO for Prince George's County Public Schools in Prince George's County, Maryland
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Andre J. Hornsby talks about challenges and accomplishments at Prince George's County Public Schools in Prince George's County, Maryland
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Andre J. Hornsby talks about the reputation of Prince George's County Public Schools and the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Andre J. Hornsby responds to the Federal Bureau of Investigation's allegations against him
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Andre J. Hornsby reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Andre J. Hornsby describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Andre J. Hornsby thanks important people in his life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Andre J. Hornsby narrates his photographs