Morgan County School System
Morgan County's Central Office Campus is located at: The Morgan County School System consists of 17 schools and an alternative school, The Morgan County Learning Center. Five high schools, five junior high schools (K-8), three middle schools, and four elementary schools are located at a variety of communities throughout Morgan County.
CONTACT US:235 Highway 67 SouthDecatur, Alabama 35603
The phone number is 256-353-6442.
Our Theme for 2016-2017
Morgan County Schools Mission
Every Child a Graduate. Every Graduate Prepared to Lead.
Morgan County Schools VisionMorgan County Schools will provide opportunities for all students and employees to excel in learning, establish strong relationships and foster positive leadership.
Central Office Organizational Chart
History of Morgan County Schools
Before Alabama became a state in 1819, Morgan County was already established. On February 6, 1818, Cotaco County was formed from the lands acquired from the Cherokee Indians by the Treaty of Turkeytown. Cotaco County was named after the Indian tribe that lived along the banks of the Cotaco Creek. Summerville (now Somerville) was the county seat for Cotaco County. On June 14, 1821, Cotaco County was renamed Morgan County after Brigadier General Daniel Morgan, one of the heroes of the Revolutionary War best known for his strategic victory at the Battle of Cow Pens.
In 1881 the county seat was moved to present day Decatur, named after Commodore Stephen Decatur, a hero of the War of 1812. One of the first schools in Morgan County was a one room school in Hartselle in 1868. Early records also document a Male and Female College in Hartselle in 1883, which is considered one of the best early colleges in North Alabama. In 1890, the Male and Female Institute of Moulton was moved to Danville. The school was upgraded from eight years of age to young men and women. In 1891, thirty-four students were admitted to this school. The faculty consisted of Dr. Josephus Shackleford, Professors Lila and John Tidwell (later a Morgan County Superintendent of Education). The building was destroyed by fire in December of 1898 and later moved to Trinity. There was also a Morgan County College created sometime after 1891 which was located in the old Morgan County Court House in Somerville. The college later became a military academy for a short time and then in 1855 the Somerville Female Academy was formed and remained open into the 1900's. The Falkville Normal College was founded by Professor J.B. Sherrill. The first annual catalog of the Falkville Normal College bears the date of 1896-97. Classes for the Normal College began in the Masonic Lodge at Falkville and were later moved to the two-story structure when construction was finished.
In 1907 the student enrollment in Morgan County was 3,907. There were seventy-five different school locations. In many communities, there were two schools, one for Caucasian students and one for African-American students. The first county high school was legally named at Hartselle before the building could be constructed. Classes were held in the Hartselle College Building. In February 1910 classes were moved to the new building. In the early years, many honors were captured by the school in music, speaking, and debating. Enrollment records from 1927 document that 4,946 students attended sixty-six different schools in Morgan County. In 1928 the number of schools was reduced to forty-eight with an enrollment of 4,987. Schools continued to close and merge as some buildings were destroyed by fire and communities joined together in building larger structures with four or more rooms that would house more students and several teachers.
Superintendents of Morgan County Schools
1856 - 1858
1858 - 1860
1860 - 1865
1865 - 1869
1869 - 1871
1871 - 1874
1874 - 1877
1877 - 1888
1888 - 1890
1890 - 1892
1892 - 1894
1894 - 1896
1896 - 1898
1898 - 1902
1902 - 1904
1904 - 1912
1912 - 1920
1920 - 1932
1932 - 1939
1939 - 1943
1943 - 1947
1947 - 1953
1953 - 1963
1963 - 1971
1971 - 1975
1975 - 1979
1979 - 1983
1983 - 1991
1991 - 1995
1995 - 1997
1997 - 1998
1998 - 2006
2007 - 2010
2011 - present
Morgan County Schools has made an investment in developing students who are leaders--leaders both today and tomorrow. The Leader in Me has been established in each Elementary School in Morgan County. All 17 schools have been trained in 7 Habits and are striving to develop strong leaders that make our community even stronger.
7 Habits of Highly Effective People
1. Be Proactive - (Take responsibility for your life)
2. Begin With The End In Mind - (Define your mission and goals in life)
3. Put First Things First - (Prioritize and do the most important things first)
4. Think Win-Win - (Have an everyone-can-win attitude)
5. Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood - (Listen to people sincerely)
6. Synergize - (Work together to achieve more)
7. Sharpen the Saw - (Renew yourself regularly)
"We first make our habits, then our habits make us." - English Poet
Morgan County School System's student population flutates yearly between 7,800 to 8,000 students.
The Morgan County School system is proud to have 100% of its certified staff highly qualified.
Total certified staff: 656
Bachelors degree: 232 Masters degree: 387 Specialists: 34 Doctorate: 3
Instructional Aides: 99 School Nurses: 16 Office Personnel: 36 Child Nutrition Workers: 101
Bus Drivers: 100 Bus Maintenance: 8 Custodians: 54 Maintenance: 17