Principal's Corner

Greetings Tanner High School Community,

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I am hopeful that this summer has proved to be a fun-filled and relaxing time for you, your family and your friends. I am writing this letter to introduce myself as the new Principal of Tanner High School (THS) and to assure you of my commitment to building upon the many successes achieved here over the past years. As a Lauderdale County Brooks High School graduate, I continue to have strong connections with the Tanner community through my friends and family that resides in Limestone County. I grew up just across Elk River in Rogersville and Killen, AL. My family spreads across the Woods, Bowens, Watkins, Nance, Fuqua and Smith. I am the son of James Louis Gordon, Sr. and Norma Woods Gordon. I am married to Sabrina Patterson Gordon.


I participated all across the area as a four-sport athlete in basketball, baseball, football, and track. I was a two-time All-State and All-Area selection and Defensive Player of the Year. I later was recruited by Alabama and Auburn but signed a full athletic scholarship to The University of Mississippi and was a three-year letterman. I was inducted into the Lauderdale County Sports Hall of Fame in 2014.


This school year will start my 21st year in education. I have completed 6 years as a Principal, 6 years as an Assistant Principal and 8 years as a classroom teacher. I have worked in elementary, middle and high school academic settings. I hold a Bachelor of Administration in Business and Management from The University of Mississippi, a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education from Athens State University, a Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Foundations from Indiana State University and a School Leadership Development Certificate from Harvard Graduate School of Education.


In an effort to get an understanding of the dynamics of THS, this summer during the month of July I will be out and about in the community and at the school making myself available for dialogue with stakeholders. I will be working closely with Mrs. Barnes, our very talented appointed Elementary Principal to focus on one campus one community.


In conclusion, I know firsthand that THS has a rich history of excellence and supportive community members. I am excited about becoming part of the family. I am looking forward to the full support and commitment of our parents and stakeholders. Our students must be committed to achieving excellence through hard work. Working together, we can ensure that our students leave high school with academic and social skills necessary to contribute and excel in a globally competitive society. I dedicate myself to the mission and vision of Tanner High School and I will lead support and work along with you to guide our students to great success and plant seeds of greatness.




Mr. Louis Gordon, Principal