Scruggs honored with CCHS Legends Award

Published 6:17 pm Thursday, September 13, 2012

Legendary: Ray Scruggs, center, is shown with his grandson and CCHS football player Brittan Scruggs and Gridiron Club President Chris Speaks.

Former Chilton County High School Principal Ray Scruggs was honored with the 2012 CCHS Legends Award before the CCHS vs. Jemison game on Aug. 30.

Scruggs was the principal at CCHS for 21 years. He was not only a strong supporter of CCHS football, he was a strong supporter of his students and their education.

The CCHS Legends Award was started two years ago by CCHS Gridiron Club president Chris Speaks. Past honorees are Lally Bates (2010) and Don Hand (2011).

Scruggs is a graduate of Excel High School in Excel, where he played varsity football for five years.

He was given a four-year scholarship to Livingston University (now the University of West Alabama). He teamed with Don Finlayson, who would go on to teach and coach at CCHS. It was Finlayson who invited Scruggs to Chilton County to work and coach at CCHS.

Scruggs became the principal at Adair Junior High School, where—along with Troy Mims, the late Eddie Edwards and other supporters—he helped start the first football program at the school. He spent three and a half years at Adair.

He became principal at CCHS in 1973, working hard to see it grow to be a leader in the Chilton County educational community. He retired in 1993 after 21 successful years. He has been a supporter of CCHS for the past 54 years.