Denton in Denton County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Beulah A. Harriss
Beulah A. Harriss (1889-1977) moved to Denton in 1914 from Nebraska to become the first women’s physical education teacher at North Texas State Normal College, now University of North Texas (UNT). With a degree from the University of Nebraska in physical education, Harriss coached the university’s first women’s athletic teams and instructed every sport except football. She organized the physical education department in 1918, which grew under her direction, and the green jackets club, whose purpose was to support all activities of the college.
Harriss was a founder in 1923 of the Texas State Physical Education Association (now Texas Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance), serving as president in 1933. She was also a founder of the Texas Woman’s Athletic Association in 1924. Established in 1928 at UNT, Harriss was one of twelve charter members of the RHO Chapter of Delta Psi Kappa, a national fraternity for the promotion of interests in the field of physical education. She was named honorary national president in 1960. The first recognized Girl Scout in Texas, Harriss started the first troop at the College
After 46 years at UNT as a teacher and women’s athletics activist, Harriss retired in 1960. She was inducted into the North Texas Athletic Hall of Fame in 1987, 10 years after her death. Harriss devoted her life to the youth and citizens of Denton and is remembered each February 27th on Beulah Harriss day. The Girl Scout little house stood near this site.
Marker is property of the State of Texas
Erected 2014 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 18130.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Education • Fraternal or Sororal Organizations • Sports • Women. A significant historical year for this entry is 1914.
Location. 33° 13.047′ N, 97° 7.762′ W. Marker is in Denton, Texas, in Denton County. Marker can be reached from Oakland Street north of East McKinney Street (County Route 426). This marker is in Quakertown Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 700 Oakland Street, Denton TX 76201, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Quakertown (within shouting distance of this marker); O'Neil Ford (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Site of Lacy Hotel (approx. ¼ mile away); Denton County Courthouse (approx. ¼ mile away); 1927 Denton City Hall (approx. ¼ mile away); Edna Westbrook Trigg in Denton County (approx. ¼ mile away); John B. Denton (approx. ¼ mile away); The City of Denton (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Denton.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 2, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 13, 2016, by QuesterMark of Fort Worth, Texas. This page has been viewed 411 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 13, 2016, by QuesterMark of Fort Worth, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.