|11-03-1970||Nonpartisan||Superintendent of Public Instruction||3254365||Win|
|06-04-1974||Nonpartisan||Superintendent of Public Instruction||2997884||Win|
|06-06-1978||Nonpartisan||Superintendent of Public Instruction||2818913||Win|
|11-02-1982||Nonpartisan||Superintendent of Public Instruction||3114964||Loss|
Born: June 27, 1917 near Alexandria, Louisiana
Married: Mary Louise Phillips
Children: Includes Wilson Riles Jr.*
Died: April 1, 1999 in Sacramento, CA
1958-1965: Educational Consultant, California Department of Education
1965-1969: Associate State Superintendent, Compensatory Education Program
1969-1971: Deputy State Superintendent of Public Instruction
- Riles was the first African-American Superintendent of Public Instruction in California. He also was the first African-American constitutional officer in California’s history.
- Wilson Riles, Jr. was the Northern California Coordinator for the Shirley Chisholm for President Campaign in 1972, a member of the Oakland City Council (1979-1992) and candidate for Mayor of Oakland (2002).
- PLACENAME: Wilson C. Riles Middle School is located in Roseville. There was a Wilson C. Riles Elementary in Los Angeles (which closed in 1995) and a Wilson Riles Middle School in Los Angeles (which closed in 1989).