Betty Jo Higgs

Glenda Brown, Portrait Artist
The first woman to join the Memphis University school faculty, Betty Jo Higgs introduced thousands of boys to Latin and ancient Roman civilization, building a Latin program that had few peers in the nation. She was a formidable presence in the classroom at MUS for 27 years, and she provided leadership for the school as chair of the Foreign Languages Department for many years.
A graduate of Whitehaven High School, she earned a B.A. in Latin, with honors, from Southwestern at Memphis (now Rhodes College), and an M.A. in Latin from Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania. She was an excellent pianist and piano teacher. She was active in the Tennessee Foreign Language Teachers Association and the American Classical League, and in 1986 she received the Distinguished Latin Teaching Award from the Tennessee Classical Association.