Paul and Clara at their residence at CC Young (Photo by Danny Fulgencio).

Former Woodrow Wilson principal Paul Harris has died at the age of 101.

Harris was a fixture in the East Dallas educational community for nearly 20 years. During his career, he was the principal at Lakewood Elementary, J.L. Long Middle School and Woodrow Wilson High School. He also ran the Davy Crockett School in Old East Dallas, where he met his wife, Clara, who was a speech therapist at the school.

Seeing young people develop through the years brought him great joy, and students still contacted him 50 years later.

Photo courtesy of Paul Harris

Harris and his wife raised four children, have eight grandchildren and became great-grandparents. They lived at C.C. Young, where Harris joined the “Century Club” and celebrated his 100th birthday with more than 40 family members in January 2018.

A public service will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday.

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