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March 05, 2024

ACHS Principal will soon move to position in Catawba

Shown above, ACHS Principal Doug Rhoney (center), with Assistant Principals Brian Lewis (left) and Jay McCarraher (right).

Mr. Doug Rhoney, Alexander Central High School principal since 2011, is resigning at the end of this school year to accept a position in another school system.

“I will be transitioning to Catawba County effective July 1,” said Rhoney. “I have accepted a position Director of Secondary Education. It was a difficult decision leaving ACHS, but I look forward to the challenges that are ahead of me.”

“I want to thank a few people if I can. Mr. Jack Hoke (former school superintendent) for giving me the opportunity to come to Alexander Central. The staff at ACHS, they are GREAT. All the students I’ve had the opportunity to serve the past seven years. ACHS has great students. Finally, my wife and kids. Not easy growing up a principal’s daughter or son, but they have handled it well. My wife, Kelly, for always understanding the long hours. I’m truly going to miss this place but look forward to a new chapter in my life,” stated Rhoney.

Rhoney was awarded the 2012-13 Wells Fargo Principal of the Year for Alexander County.

Before coming to ACHS in 2011, Rhoney served as a principal for 11 years at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. He served as a principal at West Caldwell High School for the two years previous to his transfer to Alexander County Schools.

Prior to his tenure at West Caldwell High School, Rhoney served at Heritage Middle School and Ray Childers Elementary School as principal. He served Table Rock Middle School as Assistant Principal and taught at East Burke and Freedom High Schools.

Rhoney received his Master’s Degree from Gardner-Webb University in Public School Administration. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Health and Physical Education from Appalachian State University. He was named Burke County’s Wachovia Principal of the Year in 2008-2009 and was the principal at Heritage Middle School when it was selected as one of Governor Easley’s Top 5-Real D.E.A.L Schools.



  1. Linda Scarbrough on May 8, 2018 at 10:55 am

    What a lose….hate to see him leave…he was an awesome principal and ran this school top notch…..Good Luck in your next endeavor Mr. Rhoney….k9sure Pray we can a new principal that can fill your shoes.

    • Lynn on May 8, 2018 at 1:07 pm

      You can go but just don’t take Easten cause we need a quarter back

  2. Nate Alexander on May 9, 2018 at 9:38 am

    For the 3 years I have been at ACHS, he’s been the best principal ever!!! He has made so much great changes to AC. He has done a very great job & and he’s awesome at what he does!!! You are going to be well missed Doug Rhoney!!! On be half of the student body here at ACHS, I want wish you boundless success and all the best to you!!!

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