I had the privilege of spending a little time with Principal Steve Giddens during the first week of classes at Randolph County High School to learn more about him and the upcoming year at RCHS. This is a man who loves his job, the students of RCHS, and he is excited to take on his first year as principal of RCHS. But take it from me, do not call him Mr. Giddens, this man is a coach through and through.
Q- What has you most excited about for the upcoming school year?
A- I am excited about getting to know the kids and watching them grow.
Q- What is your favorite part of starting a new school year?
A- See the excitement on the kids’ and faculty/staffs’ faces. To see them be excited about football, volleyball, cheerleading, seeing their new friends. Most people say they dread school, but I don’t think that is really true.
Q- How would you describe your school to someone from another town?
A- We are a small school that represents Wedowee and who we are. We are proud to be from RCHS, we love this place, we love each other, we take care of each other, and we defend each other.
Q- Who is the unsung hero of your school?
A- Coach Allen Whaley. He gives a lot of his time, and his love of the students of RCHS, the athletic teams. He is here 12 months a year – He doesn’t have to be here all day, but he stays all day. The kids know he loves them. He is an inspiration because he gives of himself so willingly.
Q- What is Friday Night Life like for your school?
A- It is the only place to be! Football games are the heartbeat of the town. It represents the best of what we have to offer. They love it, they are excited. Most people that live in Wedowee, went to RCHS, and played. Their dad played, their grandfather may have played, and now their son is playing. Everyone is connected – the band plays, cheerleaders cheering. It is the only place to be.
Q- What is your big goal for the 2018-2019 school year?
A- Every child feels important and feels loved. We teach them and at the end of the year, they are glad they belong to RCHS. That is our goals for students and our faculty/staff.
Q- How can the community support you/the school in achieving this goal?
A- I am proud of the relationship that RCHS has with the town of Wedowee. Anything we ask for – financial, man power, support – they give it to us. They help take care of RCHS and we help take care of the town of Wedowee. We love their help, and we want their help to make this the greatest high school in the state. They have been so good to us, so just for them to keep doing what they are doing.
Q- If you could pick a theme song for your school, what would it be?
A- Eye of the Tiger
Q- Tell me something good. Something fun, unexpected, or interesting that readers might not know about your school.
A- The neatest thing to me is taking the principal job at RCHS. It was never a part of the through-process. But Clifton “Stick” Drummonds is the assistant principal, and it is neat to be back with him. I coached him in 7th grade, and now it is a neat feeling to be back with him. He is a great guy, and he is good for this place. I am glad to be back working with him.
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