Former student leading Newton memorial

Former Uvalde High School Latin teacher India Louise Davenport Newton will be memorialized Friday, Oct. 18, during the upcoming Uvalde Coyotes versus Medina Valley football game.

American Classical League Board of Governors member Andrea Howard Stehle, who has spent the last three decades following in her mentor’s footsteps, is leading the tribute.

“This year, 2019 marks the centennial of the American Classical League and their celebration of 100 years of Latin teachers and the students whose lives they touched,” Stehle said. “Although she is with the angels now, generations of students at Uvalde High School learned to love the Latin language and the ancient civilizations of Greece and Rome at the feet of one of the best – India Louise Davenport Newton.”

Stehle is asking for Newton’s former students to share their memories and photos with her in advance of the tribute.

“Newton began teaching Latin at Uvalde High School because she wanted students here to have the same educational opportunities offered in the larger cities,” Stehle said. “The problem was she didn’t know Latin. That didn’t stop Mrs. Newton. She taught herself Latin, sometimes only staying a little ahead of the class in those early days, so the students at Uvalde High School would benefit from the study of the classics.”

Born June 14, 1912, in Uvalde to Roy and India Davenport, she married Calvin A. Newton on Nov. 28, 1935, in Uvalde.

She died April 5, 2006, in Austin at the age of 93.


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