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Selected as Principal of the Year in athletic district for display of citizenship, sportsmanship
BY STAFF WRITER
Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association’s Board of Control has selected Franklin County High School principal Greg Mantooth as an A.F. Bridges Award winner.
Mantooth recently received a letter from TSSAA’s Assistant Executive Director Richard McWhirter notifying him that he’d been chosen as Principal of the Year in District 8-AAA.
The A.F. Bridges Award is named in honor of TSSAA’s first director who led the organization 26 years, from 1946 to 1972.
McWhirter stated the award is given to individuals who display the high ideals of integrity and ethics and serve as examples of citizenship and sportsmanship.
The Bridges Awards are given statewide to school employees based on how they support their systems’ athletic programs.
Bernard Childress, TSSAA executive director, previously summed up what the accolades signify.
“Being recognized for one of these awards as a school or individual should be seen as one of the highest honors in high school athletics in our state,” he said. “Those who receive the awards truly reflect what high school athletics should be about, and that’s good sportsmanship and citizenship.”
The TSSAA Board of Control expanded the A.F. Bridges Awards program to include awards for School System Administrator of the Year, Principal of the Year, Athletic Director of the Year, Female Coach of the Year, Male Coach of the Year, Official of the Year and Contributor of the Year.
Individuals were selected by category in each of the nine athletic districts in the state.
The award recipients were nominated by Citizenship/Sportsmanship Committees in each athletic district and a State Selection Committee then made the final selections.
Principal Mantooth said he’s honored to receive this recognition but credits the entire school for the hard work, leadership and determination it takes to be successful. He added that it also takes everyone coming together as a team to make achievements such as this possible.
“These are certainly the expectations and atmosphere that are attributed to our coaches, faculty, players, and students,” Mantooth said. “It is most definitely a team concept with the support of our Board of Education and Central Office, in which, I believe is best exampled in our school theme that was determined by our student council, ‘Together We Are FC.’
“I am very appreciative of the recognition; however, that is to be attributed to the efforts of everyone. I am simply fortunate enough to be a part of the team.”
For being chosen as a Principal of the Year, Mr. Manthooth has been invited to attend TSSAA’s regional meeting on Nov. 7 in Nashville at Hillwood High School, during which an awards ceremony will be held to recognize those who received 2013 A.F. Bridges Awards.
Diana Spaulding, Franklin County’s secondary supervisor, congratulated Mantooth in receiving the A.F. Bridges Award, commenting that it’s a proud moment for the school.
“This a great honor for Principal Mantooth, as well as Franklin County High School,” Spaulding said. “Having previous experience as a football coach, I believe Principal Mantooth takes the same positive approach in a classroom just as he would out on the football field. This definitely shows in how he represents himself as principal of FCHS.
“Both Dr. Rebecca Sharber (Franklin County Schools director) and I commend Principal Mantooth on this achievement.”
About A.F. Bridges
A.F. Bridges was born in Athens, La., on March 17, 1905. He attended school in Lincoln County, Tenn., and graduated from Central High School in Fayetteville in 1922.
He earned his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from Peabody College in Nashville.
He began his work as a teacher and coach at Peabody High School in Trenton, and after a number of years, with the Milan, Henderson, and Covington schools.
He returned in 1936 as superintendent of Trenton schools. Soon after, he became