Who is Hubert D Smith? Hubert lived here in Newport, attended the local schools and graduated from Newport High School. In the days he attended school the library was housed in closets and various classrooms, containing materials that were old and of little interest to students. He loved books and libraries, and left a bequest that has benefited many Newport students and will continue to do so in the future. He gave one million dollars to the district, half of which was to be used for scholarships for students who wanted to be teachers, and half to be used for library books for Newport’s K-12 students. This generous gift allowed two new libraries to be created, one at Stratton Elementary and one at Sadie Halstead Middle School. This money also allows us to buy many new books and research materials every year.
Thank you Hubert Smith!!