Passing of Mr. John Meals
It is with a heavy heart that we notify you of the passing of our former Head of School, Mr. John Meals, who passed away earlier this morning.
Mr. John Meals was a 1963 graduate of Gibson (Tenn.) High. He served as the headmaster during a crucial stretch (1992-2000) at Lee-Scott Academy, transforming that school into one of the AISA’s best before his retirement in 2000. Meals was a champion of both the public and private school sector, believing they needed each other in order for both to be successful. A coach and math teacher at a junior high in Huntsville, he moved over to Grissom High when that school opened in 1969 and held the same duties until his move to the Auburn-Opelika area in 1973 to become a track coach at Auburn University. He started teaching at Opelika High that year and would move into administration at the school, first as an assistant principal in 1978 and then as principal in 1982. In 1987, Meals became the assistant superintendent for Opelika City Schools and held that position until he was hired by Lee-Scott to resurrect the struggling school. He was headmaster for only eight years but during that time he completed the largest fund-raising campaign in school history, negotiated the sale of the school property to Auburn and oversaw the construction of the new campus in 1997. The baseball field is named in his honor.
Lee-Scott Academy is grateful for the vision and investment made in the lives of our students by Mr. Meals. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this time of loss.
We will publish arrangements when they become available.