Dr. Sam Horton led an exemplar life of leadership. His passion for education and his community inspired him to establish a local chapter of the National Alliance of Black School Educators. He joined forces with other founding members to mentor and encourage black educators in hope of broadening the pool of talented educators. Dr. Horton served as president of the local chapter, Hillsborough Alliance of Black School Educators (HABSE) for 16 years.
In addition, Dr. Horton encouraged many local youth to participate in national academic and arts driven competitions, exposing these youth to top universities, colleges and scholarship opportunities. He established an annual recognition program to honor high achieving African-American graduating seniors for their outstanding academic successes.
This awards program, now known as the HABSE African-American Achievers Awards Ceremony has been in existence since 1992. Under Dr. Horton’s leadership and guidance, thousands of students have been encouraged to reach their full potential, honored for their academic accomplishments and given financial assistance to pursue their post-academic goals.
The purpose of HABSE is to help facilitate the education of all students, with a focus on black students. We strive to establish a coalition of educators and community supporters who will not only support the educational process but also help enhance the instructional initiatives that are directly geared to closing the achievement gap for African American students in Hillsborough County.