Adkins Appointed Interim Director
LCHS Principal, Michael Adkins has been named Interim Director of Lawrence County Schools effective June 5, 2020. Current Director of Schools, Johnny McDaniel will be retiring on July 31, 2020.
Mr. Michael Adkins, a 1991 graduate of Lawrence County High School, has served as principal since 2008. He returned to his alma mater in August 2007 as assistant principal under the tutelage of 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 and cross country. He was named Athletic Director in 2002. Under his leadership the school expanded the number of athletic programs 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.
Mr. Adkins holds post graduate degrees from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with an Educational Specialists (Ed. S.) and Masters in Educational leadership (MA.Ed). He earned his undergraduate with a Bachelor of Science (BS.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.
During Mr. Adkins’ tenure as principal, the faculty and staff have increased Graduation Rate from 74% to above 94% for nine consecutive years. End of Course growth scores have reached Level 5 status numerous times. ACT Composite scores have 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 created to meet the demand of student interests. The creation and implementation of an ACT incentives program grades 9-12 as a means to improve student and parent understanding of ACT importance. Capital improvements have taken place with several more underway to facilitate student learning. Created Centennial Scholarship program, which has invested more than $100,000 toward postsecondary goals 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.