Former Lubbock ISD superintendent E.C. Leslie dies at 88

Former Lubbock ISD superintendent E.C. Leslie dies at 88

E.C. Leslie (Photo from Lubbock ISD) E.C. Leslie (Photo from Lubbock ISD)
LUBBOCK, Texas -

E.C. Leslie, a longtime educator and former Lubbock ISD superintendent, died Friday afternoon at the age of 88. 

According to Lubbock ISD, Leslie served the district for more than 30 years. He began his career in 1957 as an American History teacher and baseball coach at Lubbock High School. In 1961 he became the counselor at Lubbock High and later served as the school’s assistant principal and principal.

After serving as the principal at Lubbock High for four years, Leslie became the assistant superintendent for Lubbock ISD. In 1984, he was named superintendent and he served in that role until his retirement in 1989.

Prior to his career in Lubbock ISD, Leslie signed a contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates at age 19 and played on their minor league team for two years. He left baseball in 1952 to serve in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He returned to baseball afterward and played for two additional years in the minor leagues. It was during his time with the Lubbock Hubbers that Leslie decided to make Lubbock his home.

Earlier this year, Leslie was recognized for his service to Lubbock ISD when the Lubbock High School Westerner baseball field was named in his honor. The video presentation created for the event can be viewed here.

A memorial service is pending.


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