Thomas Alfred Howard was born October 1, 1877 in Ladonia, Texas. He earned a degree in Education at what is now Texas A&M, Commerce. He married Sarah Carver on November 6, 1898 at Chalk Mountain, Texas. He and his wife had four children: Adalyn, Verna, Finnis and Billy.
Favorite saying of Mr. Howard: "Do the right thing because it is the right thing to do."
T.A. Howard was a lifelong educator. He taught school in Granbury, Texas and became principal of one of the schools there and finally the top administrative officer - the Superintendent of Schools. Mr. Howard came to Mansfield in 1924. By the mid 1930's he became the Superintendent of Schools for Mansfield, Texas.
He retired from Mansfield Independent School District in 1940. After retirement, he owned and operated Howard Grocery in Fort Worth, Texas. Upon his wife's death in 1958, he closed the store and spent the remainder of his life enjoying a life long habit of reading.
Thomas Alfred Howard died August 26, 1966 at the age of eighty-nine. In 1994, the Mansfield Independent School District honored his memory by naming a new middle school T.A. Howard Middle School.
One of his children became a teacher and several of his grandchildren are teachers today.