Dr. Sam Houston
A native of Fort Payne, AL, Dr. Houston has been a resident of
Decatur, and an employee of Decatur City Schools, for the past
31 years. He received bachelors degrees in Business Administration
(1968) and English and Social Studies (1970) from the University
of Alabama; a masters degree in Education Administration (1971)
from the University of Alabama; and his doctorate in Educational
Leadership from the University of Tennessee in 1981.
Dr. Houston began his career with Decatur City Schools in 1972
as an English teacher at Oak Park Middle School. Over the years,
he served as principal of Westlawn Elementary School, principal
of Westlawn Elementary Magnet School, and Supervisor of Middle
and Magnet Schools. He served as Assistant Superintendent from
1983 until April of 2003 at which time he was appointed to serve
as Interim Superintendent. He was named Superintendent of Decatur
City Schools effective July 1, 2003.
Dr. Houston's community and civic activities include:
• Kiwanis Club of Decatur – past president
• Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce – graduate
of Leadership Decatur
• American Red Cross – past board member
• United Way of Morgan County – past loaned executive
and budget committee member
• American Cancer Society – past board member
• Volunteer Center – past board member
• Boy Scouts of America – SWE chairman, Arrowhead District
• Member of First United Methodist Church since 1972 – Sunday
School teacher, Pastor-Parish Relations Committee, past member of Board of Trustees,
past chairman of Education Committee.
He is married to Donna Weinman Houston and has five children:
Sam Houston, Jr., Matt Houston, Bess Houston, Jason Gantt, and
Carrie Beth Gantt.