Have you ever wondered about the man our Primary School was named after?

James W. "Dub" Hayes 

Born in 1925 in Whitesboro, the son of the late James Albert Hayes and Ruth Cherry Hayes, James W. "Dub" Hayes graduated from Whitesboro High School, attended North Texas Agricultural College in Arlington and received his Pharmacy degree from the University of Texas.  He served his country during World War II in both the Pacific and European theaters. In 1949, he married his wife of 50 years, Ruth Helen Acker.

He was an ardent proponent of education, having served for 33 years as a Trustee of Grayson County College and as past president of the board.  He served on the Board from 1965, the year the school opened, until 1997.  He also served as a director of the Grayson County College Foundation, treasurer of Whitesboro Citizens for Excellence in Education and a member of the Whitesboro Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors.  Dub was a driving force in the passage of a major bond election for the Whitesboro school system. 

Dub also served as a charter member of the Texoma Blood Bank Board of Directors, a member of the Grayson County Airport Board and the Texoma Regional Planning Commission, past president of the Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club and Quarterback Club in Whitesboro. Dub was active in the First Baptist Church in Whitesboro, where he served for many years as deacon, treasurer and Sunday school teacher.

Dub and his brother, Ed, owned and operated a retail pharmacy business in Whitesboro for 28 years.  Dub also worked as a pharmacist for 15 years at Wilson N. Jones Hospital in Sherman. He was a member of several professional organizations, including the Grayson, Collin, Cooke Pharmaceutical Association, the Texas Pharmaceutical Association, the Texas Society of Hospital Pharmacists and the American Society of Hospital Pharmacists.

James W. "Dub" Hayes was honored as Outstanding Citizen of Whitesboro three times - in 1965, 1978, and 1994 - a testimony to the contributions he made to the life of his home town.

James W. "Dub" Hayes passed away on October 3, 1999.  A dedication ceremony of the James W. "Dub" Hayes Primary School was held to honor him on October 26, 2003.