Sammy McClure, Sr.
At the regularly scheduled Paulding County School District Board of Education meeting held on January 23, 2007 , the School Board members voted on the names of the new middle and high school located on Harmony Grove Church Road . In accordance with Paulding County School Board Policy FDC and the procedures set forth by School Board policy, the School Board followed the recommendations of both of the Nominating Committees to name the new middle school Sammy McClure, Sr. Middle School, and the new high school North Paulding High School.
Sammy McClure, Sr., the fifth of seven children born to the late Sam and Jurda Mae McClure, is a lifelong resident of Paulding County. He received his elementary and secondary education in Paulding County graduating from Matthews Consolidated School as the valedictorian of the Class of 1965. Being blessed with parents who encouraged education he received several scholarships and recognitions as a student scholar.
He continued his studies at Savannah State College in Savannah, GA, earning a Bachelors degree in Pure Mathematics and a minor in Physics with honors. Following graduation from college he began teaching at Union Elementary School on a provisional certificate. He enrolled the following summer in West Georgia College completing the education courses required to become fully certified. He continued his education at West Georgia College, completing his elementary certification and his Masters and Specialists Degrees in Educational Administration.
His first administrative job began in the fall of 1977 when he was selected to serve as the assistant principal at Paulding County Junior High. Three years later he was promoted to principal at Paulding County Junior High. He served as principal at Paulding County Junior High, which was later re-named Herschel Jones Junior High and Herschel Jones Middle School for the next 17 years. The last five years of his career were spent working in Paulding County as the Math and Science Curriculum Coordinator for the district.