By Dr. Christine Marin

The essence of a well-seasoned and highly respected Educator and a life-long practitioner of equity and inclusiveness in all aspects of his work and life. His father’s family came from Texas to the Salt River Valley in 1925. His mother’s family came from North Carolina in 1907. Dr. Warren’s parents attended the Phoenix Union Colored High School, known today as the George Washington Carver High School, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. They are his examples of struggle, sacrifice, and courage, and he understood their determination to rise above school segregation and the racism that challenged them.

Dr. Warren’s pride as a member of the Class of 1953, George Washington Carver High School, with its stellar Principal, faculty and staff, continues to serve as his inspiration to overcome hardships that are often linked to the matter of civil rights. His high school experience has served him well.  

Dr. Frederick H. Warren served as an elementary school teacher for the 5th grade at Longfellow School. He was the Principal of a school for special needs students and the first African American Associate Principal for Phoenix Union High School. He became School Superintendent for Roosevelt School District, with a student population of 12,500.  Dr. Warren attended Pepperdine University Law School in Los Angeles, and earned a Master of Law, Juris Doctor. His top-rated education and legal training enabled him to become Grants Compliance Administrator and Housing Rehabilitation Program Administrator for the City of Phoenix. And later, a Maricopa County Justice Courts Dispute Resolution Mediator for the Phoenix Regional Office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.   Dr. Warren is a true and notable Tempe legend in his own time.