Hall graduated from Gordo High School in 1943 and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and earned his bachelor's degree at the University of Alabama. He worked in the Soil Conservation Service in Tuscaloosa County while earning his master's in education administration at Alabama. He completed his PhD at the Teachers College of Columbia University, and was hired by Tuscaloosa County Schools in 1950.
Hall was principal of Peterson Elementary School, Greeley Elementary School and assistant principal of Brookwood High School. In 1956 he was appointed to succeed T. T. Hill as principal of Holt High School.
In 1959 Hall left to become an assistant superintendent for administration in Mobile. He was named superintendent of Anniston City Schools in 1964, and then was appointed by the Jefferson County Board of Education to succeed Kermit Johnson as Jefferson County superintendent in 1968. He served in this capacity until his retirement in 1982.
During his tenure at Jefferson County, Revis was required to lead the system's compliance with federal court orders regarding the racial integration of county schools. Those actions, which included redistricting and forced busing, took place in an atmosphere of fear and distrust, leading to boycotts that were encouraged by Governor George Wallace.
Hall and his wife, Clara, had three children: Sandra, Larry and James, Jr.
- "Dr. Hill Resigns As Holt Principal. Revis Hall Appointed As Successor" (May 31, 1956) The Tuscaloosa News
- "Dr. Hall Named To Head Jefferson County Schools" (February 28, 1968) The Tuscaloosa News
- Obituaries (November 30, 2016) The Birmingham News