Ulis Newton, the daughter of a minister, was born in Texas. She attended school in Brownwood, graduating from Howard Payne University in 1925 with a major in mathematics. She continued her education with graduate courses at the University of Texas, University of California at Berkeley, Columbia University, University of Southern California, University of California at Los Angeles, University of Utah, University of Nevada, Reno, and University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Miss Newton came to Las Vegas in 1932 as a math teacher at Las Vegas High School and remained there for 18 years. In 1950, she accepted the position of girls’ counselor and in 1953 became assistant principal. She retired in 1967 after serving the district for 35 years.
Ulis Newton was actively involved in programs for teacher benefits, including a study of salary schedules and also a retirement plan which resulted in the present retirement system for state, county, and local employees. At Las Vegas High School, she was a major force in establishing scholarships for worthy students who needed financial assistance. She was active in the American Field Service, a foreign exchange student program: the Altrusa Club, a service group; and a member of staff officer in the P. E. O. Sisterhood. The organization’s primary interests are education and scholarship funding. Ulis Newton also served as president of the secondary principal’s organization and president of the Nevada State Counselor’s Association.