Principals hired at high schools

COUNTY — The School District of Pickens County announced Tuesday that it had hired principals for two county high schools.

According to a release from district spokesman John Eby, Josh Young will be the new principal at Daniel High, while Gary Culler will lead Easley High.

Young, who will replace new district superintendent Dr. Danny Merck at Daniel, has served as principal of Walhalla High School since 2012.

Prior to his time at Walhalla High, Young spent his entire career in Pickens County. He completed his student teaching at Gettys Middle School in 2000 before being hired as a world geography teacher at Easley High School. Young was promoted to assistant principal at EHS, and he served in that role for seven years.

He holds a B.A. in secondary education and a M.Ed. in administration and supervision from Clemson University. Young is currently working towards an Ed. S. in educational administration and supervision, also from Clemson University.

Walhalla High School thrived academically under Young’s leadership, earning “excellent” ratings in both general performance and growth last year.

Young and his wife, Allison, have been married for 11 years, and they have two children.

Culler is heading to Easley High from R.C. Edwards Middle School, where he has served as principal since 2008. He will replace Tim Mullis.

Culler is no stranger to Easley High, having worked there from 2000-2008, first as a science teacher and then as an assistant principal. Prior to teaching at EHS, he taught science at Woodmont High School and Lancaster High School.

He holds a B.S. in science teaching, and a M.Ed. plus 30 in educational leadership from Clemson University. He and his wife, Melissa, have been married for 21 years, and they have two children.

Culler brings with him a track record of success. R.C. Edwards has achieved a South Carolina report card grade of “excellent” for five straight years under his leadership, with “good” or “excellent” growth scores for five years as well.

The search for a new principal for R.C. Edwards will begin immediately, Eby said.