Former Duval County superintendent Herb Sang dies

Sang, 86, led the school district in the 70s, 80s, was recognized by Reagan


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Former Duval County Public Schools Superintendent Herb Sang, who led the district in the 1970s and 80s, died Saturday.

He was 86.

Sang, who was born Nov. 11, 1929, in Van Buren, Missouri, served in the U.S. Army and earned undergraduate and Masters degrees at the University of Missouri.

Sang taught school in Kansas City and was the assistant superintendent in charge of personnel for the city’s school district before taking the same position in Duval County in 1970.

Sang was appointed superintendent of the Duval County School District in 1976 and served until 1989.
During his tenure, Sang led the Duval County School District to be recognized as the largest fully accredited school district in the nation.

As a result, he received the top award from the American Association of School Administrators in 1984. He also received recognition from President Ronald Reagan, who then appointed Sang to the Intergovernmental Advisory Council on Education.

Sang was active in every church that he attended, most recently as a member of Deermeadows Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon and on the personnel committee.

Sang's family will receive friends at Corey-Kerlin Funeral Home at 940 Cesery Blvd. in Jacksonville from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday.

Sang's funeral service will be held at Deermeadows Baptist Church at 10 a.m. Wednesday, and he will be buried later in Van Buren, Missouri.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Deermeadows Baptist Church Building Fund, 9780 Baymeadows Road, Jacksonville, Florida, 32256.