Joseph Eaton named as new Metcalfe County High School Principal

Eaton takes over for Clint Graham, who accepted a position with the Kentucky Department of Education.
Published: Jun. 8, 2023 at 10:42 PM CDT
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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) - Metcalfe County Schools announced Thursday the next principal of Metcalfe County High School, Joseph Eaton.

Eaton takes over for Clint Graham, who accepted a position with the Kentucky Department of Education.

Eaton just finished his second year as an assistant principal at MCHS.

“Metcalfe County High School is a family, and I have loved being a part of it,” Eaton said. “It is a great place to work, filled with phenomenal staff and students. I look forward to continuing to invest my heart and soul into this school and community to provide a solid education and a variety of options and opportunities for all of our students.”

Superintendent Josh Hurt thanked the MCHS Site-Based Decision Making (SBDM) and the screening committee for their work during the principal selection process. He said Eaton has all the qualities needed to succeed as the head principal of Metcalfe County High School.

“His calm, steady demeanor will serve him well as he handles the challenges of this incredibly difficult but impactful role,” Hurt said. “He knows the inner workings of the high school well, and I look forward to supporting him as he leads MCHS forward.”

Eaton is a 2009 graduate of Monroe County High School, where he taught social studies for seven years. He received a bachelor’s degree from Campbellsville University and a master’s degree and Rank I from the University of the Cumberlands. He was hired as an assistant principal at Metcalfe County High School in 2021.

“Serving as assistant principal has allowed me to build relationships with staff, students, parents, and the community. I’ve also been surrounded by amazing leaders who have helped me grow as an administrator. I hope to use that knowledge and those relationships to inspire and lead those around me,” Eaton said. “Looking forward, I expect continued growth in all areas and programs of our school, both academic and extracurricular. I see a future where students are consistently learning foundational skills as well as gaining knowledge and expertise in areas they find interesting. We want all of our students to be prepared for their futures after MCHS.”

Eaton is married to Metcalfe County Elementary School teacher Kayla Jo Eaton. They live in the Pink Ridge community with their two children, Allie Jo (5) and Wade (2).

A public meet and greet will be held at a later date.