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Director of Schools

Mr. Michael Adkins, Ed.S.

Director of Schools

Mr. Michael Adkins, is a 1991 graduate of Lawrence County High School. He served as principal of Lawrence County High School from 2008 to June 2020. He returned to his alma mater in August 2007 as assistant principal under the tutelage of Mr. Mickey Dunn.  Before returning to LCHS, Mr. Adkins spent 11 years at Saint Bernard Preparatory School in Cullman AL, where he taught AP Government, American History, World History and Geography. He coached boys and girls basketball, baseball, cross country, baseball and softball. He was named Athletic Director in 2002. Under his leadership as AD, the school expanded their athletic program offerings from 11 teams to 17, with numerous postseason appearances in all sports. Mr. Adkins was named Dean of Students in 2000, and Assistant Headmaster in 2002 and remained as Assistant Headmaster until departing in 2007. 


During Mr. Adkins tenure as LCHS principal, the faculty and staff increased the Graduation Rate from 74% to above 94% for nine consecutive years. End of Course growth scores reached Level 5 status numerous times. ACT Composite scores improved. Advanced Placement English 3 and 4 returned to the curriculum. State Dual Credit courses in grades 9, 11, and 12 were implemented. Additional teaching positions in CTE and traditional programs were established to meet the demand of student interests.  The creation and implementation of an ACT incentives program for grades 9-12 served as a means to improve student and parent understanding of ACT importance. Capital improvements were completed with several more in place and underway when he was appointed Director of Schools in June 2020. He was instrumental in the creation of the Centennial Scholarship program, which has invested more than $100,000 toward postsecondary goals of LCHS graduates since 2009. Finally, LCHS has earned national recognition by U. S. News and World Report as a Best School in America numerous times since 2011.


Mr. Adkins holds post graduate degrees from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with an Educational Specialists (Ed. S.) and Masters in Educational leadership (M.A.Ed.). He earned his undergraduate with a Bachelor of Science (B.S.Ed.) from the University of North Alabama.


Mr. Adkins is married to Candece Adkins and has two daughters, both graduates of Lawrence County High School, Kelsey ‘16 and Kenzie “Lulu” ‘20.

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