Phil Smith - Principal

     Phil Smith is a 1979 graduate of East Burke High School.  He attended Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas and graduated with degrees in Secondary Education and Economics.  He received his Master's degree in School Administration from Gardner-Webb University and his Educational Specialist degree from Appalachian State University.

     Most of Mr. Smith's career in education has been at East Burke High School as a teacher, coach, assistant principal, and principal. He has held teaching positions at Freedom High School and East McDowell Junior High School too.  He has also served as an assistant principal at Table Rock Middle School and at Hibriten High School in Caldwell County.  Before coming to W.A. Young, Mr. Smith was the principal at  East Burke High School, George Hildebrand and Valdese Elementary Schools in Burke County.

     Mr. Smith has also retired as a Chief Warrant Officer from the U.S. Army with thirty years service active and reserves with combat tours in southwest Asia.