Born and raised in Paterson, Dr. Frank Napier Jr. attended Public School Number 4 and Paterson Central High School before moving on to receive his Bachelor and Masters degrees from William Paterson Teachers College. For those who knew him, his decision to return to the city of Paterson after college came as no surprise. It was during this period that Dr. Napier and his wife Margaret, chose to settle down in Paterson and raise their family. Dr. Napier's 37 years of experience as an educator and community leader in Paterson changed the lives of countless young men and women.
Frank Napier began his professional career in the Paterson School System as an elementary school teacher and assistant football coach of Kennedy High School. In 1972, he was appointed the Assistant Superintendent of Paterson Public Schools and, four years later, became the first African American to serve as the Superintendent of Schools. Always searching for ways to better serve his students and their families, Frank returned to school once more and, in 1984, earned his Doctorate in Education from the University of Massachusetts. Soon after receiving this degree, Dr. Napier began augmenting his work as Superintendent of Schools by returning to the classroom as an adjunct professor at William Paterson University.
In many ways, Dr. Napier's commitment to the community of Paterson extended far beyond the classroom walls. As a district chairperson for the Passaic County Boy Scouts of America, as an active member of the Board of Trustees for the Paterson Public Library, and as pastor of the Gazaway Baptist Church, Dr. Napier left an indelible mark on the lives of all with whom he came in contact. The quest for personal and professional excellence to which Dr. Napier dedicated his life, is a legacy that lives on in each of the students whose lives he touched.