Dr. Ernest Hartzog was elected as the first Lifetime, Honorary member of the Board of Directors of Portland After School Tennis and Education (PAST&E). A Scholarship Fund for PAST&E Scholar Athletes graduating from High School has been established in his name.
Dr. Hartzog founded Portland After School Tennis in 1995. A widely respected community leader, educator, scholar athlete and mentor, Dr. Hartzog serves on the PAST&E Board of Directors and was its first President.
Dr. Hartzog is a leader in the civil rights movement. He earned a master’s degree at San Diego State University and New York University. He earned his doctorate in psychology and human behavior at the United States International University. Dr. Hartzog was named San Diego’s first black high school principal serving at Lincoln High School. He was instrumental at ending years of unrest and civil rights demonstrations in the high school’s community. He served in education and community leadership positions throughout the nation retiring in 1992 as Assistant Superintendent of Portland Public Schools.
He was a charter member of the 5,000 member National Alliance of Black School Educators and served as president from 1979 to 1981. He was founder and first president of the Oregon Alliance of Black School Educators. He continues membership in these organizations. Dr. Hartzog has taught at every level of education and served on the advisory boards of the “I Have a Dream” Foundation and the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. He was founder and now serves as a board member of Building Blocks To Success a youth LEGO Robotics program in Portland. He is a member of Sigma Pi Phi Boulé and serves on the board of directors of the African American Male Achievers Network based in Los Angeles, California and Cape Town, South Africa.
Dr. Hartzog continues to play and serve the sport of tennis. He served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Pacific Northwest Section of the United States Tennis Association and was the first Chair of the Multicultural Participation Committee of the Pacific Northwest Section of the USTA. He is a member of Sunset Athletic Club where he plays tennis at least twice weekly.
Dr. Hartzog served his country on two tours of duty in the United States Army in both World War II and the Korean War. He and his wife Marilyn live in Portland.