• 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 South
    Decatur, Alabama 35603

      The phone number is 256-353-6442.

     


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    Morgan County Schools Mission
     Every Child a Graduate. Every Graduate Prepared to Lead.

    Morgan County Schools Vision 

     Morgan 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

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    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

     

    Year

    First Name

    Last Name

    1856 - 1858

    Harrison M.

    Welch

    1858 - 1860

    Thomas

    Morrow

    1860 - 1865

    John F.

    Turney

    1865 - 1869

    Thomas

    Morrow

    1869 - 1871

    Christopher C.

    Nesmith

    1871 - 1874

    Thomas

    Morrow

    1874 - 1877

    William M.

    Wood

    1877 - 1888

    Edward J.

    Oden

    1888 - 1890

    Frank  J.

    Troup

    1890 - 1892

    M. D.

    Houk

    1892 - 1894

    W. H.

    Windes

    1894 - 1896

    John C.

    Tidwell

    1896 - 1898

    Henry T.

    Lile

    1898 - 1902

    E. L.

    Hayes

    1902 - 1904

    John C.

    Tidwell

    1904 - 1912

    Phillip A.

    Oden

    1912 - 1920

    John C.

    Tidwell

    1920 - 1932

    E. L.

    Hayes

    1932 - 1939

    George T.

    Woodruff

    1939 - 1943

    I. J.

    Quinn

    1943 - 1947

    S. O.

    Maner

    1947 - 1953

    Hafford R.

    Leeman

    1953 - 1963

    Lester E.

    Wooten

    1963 - 1971

    J. C.

    Pettey

    1971 - 1975

    George

    Nancarrow

    1975 - 1979

    J.V.

    Sailors

    1979 - 1983

    Truman

    Screws

    1983 - 1991

    Wes

    Thompson

    1991 - 1995

    Howard

    Morris

    1995 - 1997

    Ferrell D.

    Clemons

    1997 - 1998

    Carl

    Wisener

    1998 - 2006

    Don W.

    Murphy

    2007 - 2010

    Robert L.

    Balch

    2011 - present

    Bill W.

    Hopkins, Jr.

    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


    MCS Demographics

    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

     Support staff

    Instructional Aides: 99      School Nurses: 16     Office Personnel: 36     Child Nutrition Workers: 101

    Bus Drivers: 100               Bus Maintenance: 8     Custodians: 54         Maintenance: 17