Mr. Kendrick (June 16, 1875-November 8, 1951) had a long and distinguished career as an educator in the Columbus Public Schools, having served from 1900 to 1945 as Principal of Tenth Street, Sixteenth Street, and Columbus High. he was Principal of Columbus High School from thirty-two years, after which he became Assistant Superintendent of the the Columbus Public Schools.
His illustrious character, his personal dignity, his recognition of the worth of the individual, his ability to impart knowledge int eh classroom, and his inspiring manner endeared him to the heart of every pupil.
In his service at Columbus High he had a tremendous influence in upholding scholarship and in promoting high ideals among the youth of the city. He is remembered especially for the success he had in formation of character of the students. Always forceful in his personality, Mr. Kendrick commanded the respect and love of students, teachers, and parents as well as the community in general.
For these reasons on April 15, 1968, the Board of Education voted unanimously to name the newest high school in Muscogee County in honor of Thomas Clarence Kendrick.
(as stated in the Kendrick High School Dedication handbook dated Monday, April 29, 1968)