Trap Hill H.S. Alumni Association Ruby P. Clyburn Scholarship Fund
Ruby Pearl Clyburn passed away on October 15, 2021, at the age of 95. She was born July 26, 1926, in Harper, West Virginia. When anyone asked for her birthdate, she would always answer real fast with “7/26/26".
Ruby attended school at Eccles Jr. High School and graduated from Trap Hill High School January 20, 1944. She attended Beckley College for one full year before transferring to Concord College (now Concord University) for one year in 1946. She graduated with a B.S. Degree in Library Science from Concord College in July of 1950. She did graduate work at Marshall University, WVU and Graduate School of Studies.
In 1950-1951, she taught the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, grades at Montcoal Stickney Elementary School. The next five years 1951-1956 she was a Librarian at Clear Fork High School. Her life’s desire was to be a librarian at Trap Hill High School. This desire was fulfilled from 1956-1977.
In 1976 the Raleigh County Board of Education chose sixteen teachers to be on a committee to help design the two new schools in Raleigh County. Ruby was chosen to help design Independence High School and Liberty High School. Independence opened in 1976 and Liberty opened in 1977. Ruby opened Liberty High School as Liberian from 1977-1989. She retired from Liberty High School in 1989 after 42 years of teaching in Raleigh County. During her teaching career and after retiring, she taught adult education at night for 20 years at Liberty High School.
She was a member of the Friends of the Library, Degree of Honor, and the Raleigh County Teachers Retirement Association. Ruby was a past member of the Rebekah Lodge of Glen Daniel, the Orchard Valley Women’s Club, and a member of the Harper Free Methodist Church.