published Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

Former GPS leader Nat Hughes Jr. dies

Dr. Nathaniel Cheairs “Nat” Hughes Jr., author, historian and headmaster of Girls Preparatory School from 1973 to 1987, died Wednesday. He was 81.

“Nat was the headmaster who modernized GPS,” said Dr. Randy Tucker, who followed Hughes in the position. “He was the one who brought us from the 19th century forward. He saw we could be so much more than that.

“His generation brought diversity to our schools and at great professional risk,” Tucker said. “He convinced the board and moved GPS forward.”

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