Posted: Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Passing of Former District Superintendent
The GCS family is deeply saddened to learn of the death of former District Superintendent Dr. J. Floyd Hall.
Dr. Hall was the school district's third superintendent, serving for 14 years from July, 1970 until August, 1984. He is the district's longest serving superintendent.
Dr. Hall's many accomplishments include implementing the Court Order to integrate the school district, reorganizing schools into consistent grade patterns for elementary schools (kindergarten – 5th grade), middle schools (6th-8th grades), and high schools (9th – 12th grades), developing alternative learning centers, career education centers, and the Fine Arts Center, expanding the special education program, and instituting gifted and talented programs and public school kindergartens. He was responsible for securing the site and developing the master plan for the Roper Mountain Science Center and was instrumental in organizing the Governor's School for the Arts.
"Dr. Hall was a professional educator and gentleman in every sense, serving as a mentor to many current and former principals and district leaders," said District Superintendent W. Burke Royster. "On a personal note, I am grateful for the opportunity to have known Dr. Hall throughout my career. I am especially appreciative that when I was a 24-year-old teacher and coach, Dr. Hall had the confidence to appoint me to my first administrative post as assistant principal at Monaview Middle School. His example helped shape me and I am thankful that he continued to take a personal interest in my career. I will always fondly remember Dr. Hall being one of the first people to call with congratulations when I was appointed superintendent. On behalf of the Greenville County Schools family, I extend our heartfelt condolences to the family and our wish that they find comfort knowing Dr. Hall made a positive difference in the lives of tens of thousands of young people and educators."