Bill Harris

Bill Harris, Retired FHSD Staff Member

Bill was a staff member of Forest Hills School District for over 30 years, working at both Anderson and Turpin. He was at AHS from 1960-1987 where he retired. He then came out of retirement to serve at THS from 1991-1995. In his tenure at Forest Hills, he served as a coach, history teacher, driver education teacher, Assistant Principal and Principal and was even the president of the teacher’s union for a time. Bill noted that he has so many great memories with FHSD he would have a hard time picking just one but his own children graduating from AHS stands out as exceptional.

Bill has been a large contributor and fan of the sports programs, noting that he watched many of them in their infancy and witnessed the programs be able to grow and expand to what they are today. He started the wrestling program at AHS in 1966, served on the coaching staff for football, and baseball, and attended as many of the sporting events as he could. Bill notes that he is most proud of the growth of FHSD and that he has been able to help along the way.

Bill has also been inducted into the Marshall University Athletics Hall of Fame (2008) which he attended after serving three years in the military. In his time at Marshall, he earned seven varsity letters across football, wrestling, and baseball. Additionally, Bill was inducted into the AHS Hall of Fame (2016).

Bill served in the Army for 3 years and is a veteran of the Korean War. He has been very active in the Anderson community, working with the local American Legion as commander of post 484. It was here that he also started recognition programs for WWII and Vietnam vets.

He also served on the committee for scholarships for Turpin, Anderson, and McNick for graduating seniors and participated in many fundraisers to help provide scholarships through the American Legion.

“Bill is one of the most compassionate people I have ever met. He truly loved working for Forest Hills and gave his heart and soul.” -Connie Madden

“There is no way to describe how wonderful it has been.”-Bill Harris