About RCOE | History
Ira C. Landis, fourth Riverside County Superintendent of Schools
March 5, 1919 - September 7, 1926
Landis was appointed Riverside County Superintendent of Schools in 1919 upon the resignation of Superintendent Raymond Cree.
Landis was responsible for the first major expansion of support services for rural school districts. He established several new positions in the office to extend its services.
Also added to the county staff was a physical education supervisor who went out to the schools to supervise ball games and encourage teachers to become more active in physical education activities.
These new positions increased the size of the county office from two to five employees. In 1924, there were 97 schools in the county with 505 teachers and nearly 14,000 students.
In 1926, Landis resigned to become supervisor of Education in Riverside City Schools, and in 1927 he became Riverside’s first Assistant Superintendent.
In 1928, he was named superintendent in the district where he served until his retirement in 1951. While Superintendent, Landis served from 1941 to 1952 as a member of the Riverside County Board of Education.