Dr. Marcus Foster was an educator and graduate of Cheyney University and UPenn who gained national prominence for educational excellence while serving as a principal at Dunbar Elementary School, O.V. Catto School for Boys, and Simon Gratz High School in Philadelphia, PA.
During his educational career in Philadelphia, Foster also served as Associate Superintendent for Community Relations. Foster moved to Oakland, CA in 1970 to serve as the first black superintendent of the Oakland Unified School District.
Foster was assassinated in November 1973, by members of the Symbionese Liberation Army. The SLA claimed they murdered Foster because of his alleged support of a plan to create a student identification card system in Oakland whose goal was to keep non-student drug-dealers off campus.
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