14-year golden bear principal Mel Brown is retiring after the school year 2017- 2018. After teaching, coaching, and being a principal all over middle Tennessee, Brown has decided to retire to spend time with family, traveling, and on his back porch.
Brown grew up in a family that truly valued education. His mother was a teacher and his father was the principal of his high school. Brown had originally intended going into medicine, but that changed when he realized he could not handle blood. He took some education classes and figured out that is where he needed to go.
“Helping students reach their goals has always been a motivating factor. I want you to have your opportunities. You all’s successes are my successes,” Brown said.
Now it is clear, that this path was a good choice, for his career has been immensely successful.
A teacher and coach for 26 years, Brown won multiple championships and 17 district titles with his baseball team. In 1999, he was inducted into the TSSAA Hall of Fame. Brown is also an inductee of David Lipscomb University’s Hall of Fame and the Tennessee Baseball Hall of Fame. After his years at Two Rivers and McGavock High school, Brown became a vice principal for Hillsboro and then Lebanon. Then in 2004, he started at Mount Juliet High School.
Brown has won numerous other awards once his career as a principal began. This includes his recent accolade by the Tennessee High School Press Association awarding him with Administrator of the Year.
Brown claims that his family, specifically his wife of almost 54 years, is the greatest award in his life.
With eight grandchildren and a great-grandchild on the way, it seemed like the right time to retire as our principal. Several of his grandchildren are involved in sports, dance and other activities, so Brown is eager to be able to participate in more of their lives.
The retirement will be official June 30. However according to Brown, the Lord is not finished with him yet, so there are still exciting things in the future for our legendary principal.