Cole achieves milestone at WCHS

Winston County High School Principal Jeff Cole is surprised during an announcement stating he had become the school’s longest serving principal on Jan. 18. WCHS students are cheering him in the hallway.

DOUBLE SPRINGS — Winston County High School is steeped in rich, local history which dates back to the school’s beginning in 1908. Many years from now, the current happenings of the school will be considered part of the school’s history. Why not capture the history now for preservation for the future?
While the Book of Memory, Too: The History of Winston County High School was being prepared in 2018, it was noticed current principal Jeff Cole would become the school’s longest serving principal in a few years. That date occurred Tuesday, Jan. 18.
As a surprise to Cole, the faculty, including Guidance Counselor Kristie Moon and Secretary Judy Garner, lined the students in the hallway while Double Springs Middle School Principal Brian Wakefield made an announcement over the intercom at 8:15 a.m.
“Attention students, faculty and staff of dear old Winston High: There have been many milestones made through the years since the school began in 1908. Today, you will be witnesses to the latest milestone. As of today, our principal, Jeff Cole, has become the longest serving principal of the school at 18 years, one month and two days.”
By this time, Cole had entered the area in front of the office where the students cheered him.
“He was selected as the 20th principal on Dec. 16, 2003, and has served continually in this capacity since,” Wakefield continued. “Jeff Cole became tied yesterday with the former principal Jack Herron, who served as principal for 18 years, one month and one day, from 1968 until 1986. The third longest serving principal was Andy Davis at 12 years from 1956 until 1968.
“Be sure to congratulate this hardworking man, who works for the success of all students. Congratulations Mr. Cole.”
“Thank you,” Cole said to the students. “I have the best job in the world because of you. The reason I keep holding on is you, and I appreciate each and every one of you. Thank you for letting me be a little part of your lives.”
Refreshments were then served to Cole in the office.

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