Robert W. Tapp 1859-1891

Principal of the Glenville Branch of the West Virginia State Normal School

Robert W. Tapp was born at Maidsville, Monongalia County, West Virginia in 1859. He graduated from West Virginia University in 1885 with a degree of Bachelor of Arts and, in 1888, with his Master’s Degree. He then became involved in the education system in the city of Vicksburg, Mississippi for three years. He served as a principal of a high school there and as the city’s superintendent of schools from 1888-1890.

Tapp became principal of the Glenville Branch in 1890. Ads located in newspapers from 1890 indicate that he felt there was much importance in educating the local community about the institution. He personally wrote overviews of the school, which focused on individual attention to students, the religious community, and the lack of inducements to tempt the student or lead him or her from the path of rectitude or morality. He wanted the public to know about the low costs associated with attending the Glenville Normal and the access to educational materials in the library. He also advertised the quality of instructors and the modernization of the buildings. Tapp would only serve as principal for one year because he died during his tenure in 1891.