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OHS Board of Directors

Harold Aldridge Jr.

Elected
State At-Large, Tahlequah
Term expiring 2022

Harold Aldridge grew up in the historic All-Black town of Taft, Oklahoma. He is an emeritus professor of psychology at Northeastern State University (NSU) in Tahlequah, where he taught from 1971 to 1997. Aldridge earned his bachelor’s degree from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, his master’s from NSU, and his doctorate from the University of Oklahoma in 1979. He was one of the first African American professors to teach at NSU after desegregation. He was also one of the first to desegregate Tulsa Memorial High School in Tulsa. A licensed behavioral practitioner, he also is a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity, which works with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) on various programs for African American young men.

His current research deals with the history of education in Oklahoma, focusing on the segregation and desegregation of Oklahoma’s schools. He is a horse trainer, a black belt in taekwondo, and was a basketball referee for the Big Eight Conference and the ABA before it joined the NBA. In high school, Aldridge himself played on three state championship basketball teams after desegregation. In 2011 he became a charter board member for the Oklahoma African American Educators Hall of Fame. In 2013 he performed and lectured on the development of blues music as part of the “History Through Music” program at the Oklahoma History Center. An accomplished blues musician, he was inducted into the Oklahoma Blues Hall of Fame in 2014