Mr. Carl Scoggins, Sr. was born June 12, 1898, and died on August 1, 1969. He was affectionately known as Mr. Carl. He was a pioneer and a founding father of the Paulding County education system that has developed into the success that it is today.
Mr. Carl received his education in Chattanooga, Tennessee and Paulding County. He attended Seventh District A&M College and West Georgia College before completing requirements for a BS Degree in Education from Oglethorpe College in Atlanta, GA.
He began teaching at the age of 19 and dedicated his entire life to the education of children in Paulding County. He taught at several schools including Hollis, Hitchcock, Other, Carter, Union and New Georgia. His longest tenure, nineteen years, was at Other, a two-room school located on the present Marshall Fuller Road. At that time Carl lived on the present Scoggins Road and had no car. He walked 9 1/2 miles to school, daily. He did this for nine years before missing a day from school. He taught until 1947, missing only the year of 1932 due to ill health.
In 1947, he was elected School Superintendent for Paulding County and served two terms in that office until his retirement.
After he retired, he continued to teach several years as a supply teacher. He did this without receiving any pay because he said that he loved and enjoyed teaching children so much that he wanted to use every opportunity to be able to teach.
His education career spanned over forty years, all in Paulding County, and helped lay the foundations of our lives today by educating and setting good examples for us.
At Mr. Carl's funeral, the famous late Reverend Edwin Wix related how Mr. Carl carried him on his shoulders to school.
Mr. Carl would have been honored to know that a school was built and named in his memory. He certainly proved that he was well deserving of this honor.