Home of the Clark Cowboys!
We are the home of the Clark Cowboys. Roy Clark Elementary, built in 1977 and dedicated in 1978, was named for the native Oklahoma musician and entertainer, Roy Clark. In 2011, Clark was named a National Community School! Clark also received a 2008 Oklahoma Academic Achievement Award from the State Department of Education.
Roy Clark has been a leader for the community schools concept nationwide. Community Schools provide a web of support and resources to improve the academic, emotional, physical and social development of its students.
At Roy Clark, the results have been staggering. Absenteeism has dropped to near zero. Reading and math scores have risen dramatically. And the school has increased its parent-teacher conference participation to 100 percent.
Roy Linwood Clark (born April 15, 1933) was an American singer and musician. He passed away November 15, 2018, shortly after the school celebrated its 40th anniversary. He was best known for hosting "Hee Haw," a nationally televised country variety show, from 1969 to 1992. Roy Clark was an important and influential figure in country music, both as a performer and helping to popularize the genre. (Wikipedia)
During the 1970s, Clark frequently guest-hosted for Johnny Carson on "The Tonight Show "and enjoyed a 30-million viewership for Hee Haw. Clark was highly regarded and renowned as a guitarist and banjo player, and was also skilled on classical guitar and several other instruments. Although he had hit songs as a vocalist. his instrumental skill had an enormous effect on generations of bluegrass and country musicians. He had been a member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1987, and in 2009 was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, as well as the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame.
Roy Clark visited his namesake school many times and donated his time and money to support children and education in the Tulsa community. Thank you, Mr. Clark, for your support! You will not be forgotten!
Alicia Ewing was named principal of Roy Clark Elementary in 2018.
Ewing returned to Roy Clark from the Union 6th/7th Grade Center where she had served as assistant principal since 2012, including one year as an administrative intern. Previously, she was a teacher at Roy Clark Elementary, having taught fifth, fourth and second grades. A native of Louisiana, she had also taught fourth and fifth grade elementary students in New Orleans.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of New Orleans. She obtained her master’s degree in education with an emphasis in reading as well as an administrative certificate from Northeastern State University.
Dr. Leedy Smith joined Union Public Schools in 2018. In 2019, she was named assistant principal at Grove Elementary after previously serving as administrative intern for the 2018-2019 school year. She joined the Roy Clark family in summer 2020. Smith earned her Bachelor of Arts in English and Spanish as well as a Master of Education degree from Harding University. Her doctorate in educational administration and curriculum supervision is from the University of Oklahoma. She is a member of Oklahoma Association of Elementary School Principals.
Smith’s teaching career began in 1998 in Tennessee. She also taught in Texas before moving back to Oklahoma to continue her career. Throughout the course of her career, Smith has taught all levels of Spanish from Spanish 1 to AP Spanish Literature. Smith has also served as an instructional coach.