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Letter: Late GHS coach Chuck McDonald was a proud Red Elephant

The intent of this message is to add Chuck McDonald’s name to the list of community leaders lost this past year in 2017.

Chuck spent his entire teaching and administrative career in the Gainesville City School System. He retired from Gainesville City Schools with 33 years service. He was a science and chemistry teacher at GHS for many years before becoming an assistant principal, also at the high school. As an assistant principal at GHS he roamed the halls with Curtis Segars.

Perhaps, better known as “Coach Mac,” he coached varsity football, as well as other sports, with long-time head football coach Bobby Gruhn. Leaving the high school he went on to lead the middle school as principal. His final position in the school system was that of assistant superintendent for instruction.

Not one to completely relax in retirement, Chuck worked at Brenau University as Director of Field Services for Student Teaching for the next 10 years. 

Throughout his career, Chuck received many accolades for his accomplishments as an outstanding teacher as well as his coaching abilities Those who knew him as a teacher, coach or principal and administrator will remember his calm demeanor as well as his sincere concern for his students and staff.

I knew Chuck for many years; he was a good friend and colleague. I, as well as many in the community, will miss him.

Chuck Dyarmett


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