What's in a name? - Lucy F. Smith Student Activity Center
Dr. Lucy Freeman Smith (1935- ) was voted 'Most Likely to Succeed' when she graduated from McAlester High School in 1953. Born and raised in Mcalester, her parents were William Perry Freeman and Gladys Eckman Freeman.
She attended Abilene Christian College in Texas and earned a master's degree from East Central University in Ada. She received a doctorate in educational psychology and a superintendents certificate from the University of Oklahoma in Norman.
From 1985 through 2006, she worked as a teacher, counselor, administrator and superintendent of McAlester Public Schools. Under her leadership, McAlester schools won their first Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence "Dropout Prevention Award" in 1990.
She was one of the only two females superintendents in the state when she became the first female superintendent of McAlester Public Schools during its first 100 years. A pioneer for women through her professional successes, in 1987 she became the first female member of the McAlester Rotary Club.
Dr. Smith was recognized by the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence in public School Administration in 1994. At the time, there were still only 19 female school superintendents in Oklahoma. She also received the Oklahoma Women in Education Administrative Award. In 2005 she was named "Oklahoma Administrator of the Year," and in 2006 she was inducted into the Oklahoma Educators Hall of Fame.