Mr. W. O. Smitha

Mr. Smitha

William Oliver Smitha touched the lives of thousands of young children during his outstanding career as a distinguished educator.

Mr. Smitha began his career as an educator in Carroll County, Georgia.  He came to Cobb County in 1943 to assume an assistant principalship at Fitzhugh Lee School in Smyrna.  Six years later he assumed the principalship at Austell Elementary and Austell High Schools.  In 1952, Mr. Smitha became the principal of South Cobb High School, which was formed by the consolidation of Austell, Mableton and Powder Springs High Schools.  He remained there until his retirement in 1968.  He was dedicated to the students and the community and worked tirelessly on their behalf.

From 1973 until 1980, Mr. Smitha served as a member of the Cobb County Board of Education.  In 1987, he was named South Cobb Citizen of the Year.  He received numerous other honors during his distinguished career. 

Mr. Smitha’s greatest joy was helping young people.  He helped in many ways...whether assisting in homework or making certain they had adequate food and clothing.  Without Mr. Smitha’s dedication, love, and concern, many Cobb County students would not have had the opportunity to become all they could be.  We are proud that our school bears his name.

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