James A. Foshay was born in Cold Springs, Putman County, New York on November 25th, 1856. In 1893 he was appointed Assistant Superintendent of the Los Angeles public schools, and for two years, he devoted himself so thoroughly to the advancement of education in Southern California that in 1895 he was appointed Superintendent.
For six years he was a member of the School Examining Board of Los Angeles County. He continued as Superintendent of the Public Schools of Los Angeles until 1906. Dr. Foshay was a staunch supporter of the principles of the Republican party, and took a keen personal interest in not just the questions of public policy affecting his home community, but also the major political issues relating to the affairs of the state and the nation. He died on January 14, 1914.
James A. Foshay Junior High School opened February, 1925
Interesting Facts:- James A. Foshay was named the 34th Grand Master of Masons in California in 1900.