The following biographical sketch was compiled at the time of induction into the Academy in 1973.
Dr. Ernest Stone was born at Crossville and was educated in the Kilpatrick Elementary and Junior High School in DeKalb County, the Gaylesville Academy in Cherokee County and the State Agricultural School in Albertville. He graduated from Jacksonville State University in 1933 with the B.S. degree and from the University of Alabama in 1938 with the A.B. degree. In 1939 he graduated from the University of Alabama with a M.S. Degree and received the LL.D. degree from Samford in 1962. From 1933 to 1942 he was a teacher and junior high school principal. In 1942 he became superintendent of DeKalb County schools; the next year he joined the United States Navy.
Following World War II he was professor of education, Jacksonville Laboratory Schools, 1946-47. In 1947 he was president of the Alabama Education Association; in 1956 he was delegate to the Democratic Convention; in 1968 he was elected a presidential elector. He is a member of Phi Delta Kappa, Kappa Delta Pi, and Kappa Phi Kappa professional fraternities and Delta Chi social fraternity. Dr. Stone is the author of Eighty-three Case Studies of DeKalb County High School Students, 1939, Preventive Medicine in Schools, 1940, Mr. Stone Goes to Europe, 1950.
Dr. Stone was elected State Superintendent of Education in 1966. In 1971 he returned to his alma mater as president. He is now deceased.