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Mary Miranda Knight
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Born
Mary Miranda Dunbar

(1854-09-02)September 2, 1854
Ingham County, Michigan, US
Died February 2, 1940(1940-02-02) (aged 85)
Seattle, Washington, US
Burial place Shelton Memorial Park (Masonic division)
Monuments
  • Mary M. Knight School District No. 311
  • Mary M. Knight High School
Occupation
  • Teacher
  • Mason County Superintendent of Schools
Years active 1870–1921
Organization
  • Order of Eastern Star
  • Philanthropic Educational Organization
Known for pioneer educator of Washington state, served as the Mason County Superintendent of Schools for 18 years improving the educational system in western part of the county.
Political party Democrat
Spouse(s) Marcus F. Knight (married 1876–1921)
Children 2
Relatives Cyrus Dunbar (brother)

Mary Miranda Knight (née Dunbar; September 2, 1854 – February 2, 1940) was a pioneer educator in Washington state. She dedicated her life to teaching, and over the years worked in three different states: Michigan, Dakota and Washington.

Knight spent most of her life in Shelton, Washington. By 1900, she became a well-known teacher and was elected to the position of the Mason County Superintendent of Schools, which she held for eighteen years. During this period, she consolidated five small school districts into one big district, providing students with more educational opportunities. The new district was later named in her honor: the Mary M. Knight School District No. 311. Knight organized communication between teachers and was praised for accuracy in management and dedication to her work. The Mary M. Knight High School in Matlock is now named in her honor.

She raised the next generation of educators – her daughters Jessie A. Knight and Gyneth Knight – who spent many years working as teachers. After her retirement, Knight was the keeper of some Washington state relics belonging to the family of George Pickett.

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