Biographical / Historical
Carr Hooper was born in the Cowarts community of Jackson County, North Carolina, and was the son of Vance Hooper and Ellen Wood Hooper. In August 1931 he received a degree from Western Carolina Teachers College in Cullowhee, North Carolina. Hooper met Ruth Williams of Fayetteville, Tennessee, while studying at the George Peabody College for Teachers in Nashville, Tennessee, and the couple married on August 20, 1931. In 1932 Carr Hooper accepted a position with the department of education in the Philippines where he taught English. Later the Hoopers relocated to Manila where Carr Hooper worked as a cashier in charge of payrolls with the Singer Sewing Machine company and Ruth Hooper was employed by the Benquet – Balatoc Gold Mining Company.
After the beginning of war between the United States and Japan on December 7, 1941, the Philippine Islands were occupied by Japanese forces. In January 1942 the Hoopers were sent to the Santo Tomas internment camp in Manila. They remained there until February 1945. After liberation the Hoopers returned to the United States. Carr Hooper returned to teaching in western North Carolina. In 1956 he accepted the position as principal at the Sylva High School and later, in 1960, at Sylva-Webster High School. In 1969 he retired from the profession. In 1972 the football stadium at Sylva-Webster High School, now Smoky Mountain High School, in Sylva, North Carolina, was named in his honor.