Past Principals
  Zac Coughlin - SHS Principal 2012-Present

  Zac Coughlin grew up in Smithville, Missouri, and graduated from Smithville High School in 1997. He attended Missouri Western   State University from 1997-2001 and 2002-2003, earning degrees in English literature and secondary education. He completed his   Master’s degree in School Leadership in 2007 from Baker University, and plans to finish his doctorate from the University of   Missouri in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 2014.

  Mr. Coughlin taught high school for five years, teaching everything from freshmen to AP seniors. He also taught two years of 8th   grade before working as an assistant principal for three year. He coached volleyball, basketball, baseball, and track at the varsity   and middle school levels.

  Mr. Coughlin married Savannah High School graduate Laura (Defenbaugh) Coughlin in 2003 and are raising their son, Zander,   and daughter, Devree, in Savannah.

  Steve N. Kellepouris - SHS Principal 1992-2012

  Born and raised in Kansas City, Mr. Kellepouris graduated from Southwest High School in 1969. His Father was born in Greece   as were all of his grandparents; making him the first Kellepouris to graduate from college. Mr. "K", as he is affectionantly known by   students and staff, graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Music Education degree in 1974, a Masters In   Educational Administration in 1980, and Specialist in Educational Leadership from Northwest Missouri State University in 1994.

  Prior to coming to Savannah he served as Band Director and Choir Director in Orleans, Nebraska; Fairfax, Missouri; and Eudora,   Kansas. He served 6 years as 7-12th grade Principal in Conway Springs, Kansas; and 6 Years as k-12th grade Principal in   Haviland, Kansas.

  He and his wife Greta (married in 1974) raised both of their children - Nikos and Katina - in Savannah. Nikos and Katina are both   graduates of SHS.

Mr. K is Drama Director at his Church; Has played the clarinet most of his life; Loves Greek food; Loves baseball and collecting baseball memorabilia; Has been to 6 of the 7 World Series games in Kansas City; Has attended 3 final fours 1971, 1991, 2003; And as every around him knows, he collects Rhinoceros' (because they have a two inch thick skin and let petty things bounce off them.) He like a rhino strives to be thick skinned but not thick headed!

  Richard Allen - SHS Principal 1990-1992

  Richard Allen was born and raised in St. Joseph,Mo. and was a graduate of Central High School. He attended Missouri Western State University and graduated with a double major in Political Science and History and attended Northwest Missouri State University graduate with a masters and specialists in Education Administration. After 12 years of teaching at Lafayette High School in St. Joseph became a High School Principal at St Clair R II before becoming a principal of Savannah High School. Mr. Allen then went the School District of Washington where he worked in a central office position as Director of Special Services and Gifted Education for 18 years.

Richard and his wife Barbara (Dakan) ( a 1970 graduate of Savannah High School) have a daughter named Gwendolyn and a son named Rich both graduates of Washington, Mo.

Now in retirement, Richard volunteers on the board of directors for an advocacy group known as F.A.C.T. They serve students k-12 in a three county area in St Louis area. He and Barbara have 3 grandchildren and are presently enjoying retirement with family nearby. They are traveling, hiking, biking and spoiling their grandchildren.

  Mark Harpst - SHS Principal 1988-1990

  After graduating from West Platte High School, Dr. Harpst received his undergraduate and Master degrees from Northwest   Missouri State University and his doctorate from UMKC.

  Following his tenure as SHS Principal he went on to become Superintendent of the Platte County R-3 School District in 1996, a   post he held through 2008.

  Dr. Harpst was honored as the 2003 Superintendent of the Year by the Missouri Association of School Administrators and the   Missouri School Boards' Association. He also served as the President of MASA for 2004.

  Robert C. Ramsey - SHS Principal 1967-1988

  He was a 1948 graduate of Hopkins High School, a 1952 graduate of Northwest Missouri State Teacher's College,a 1966   graduate of Kirksville State Teacher's College and a 1978 graduate of the University of Missouri with an education specialist's   degree.

  Mr. Ramsey served as Principal of Savannah High School for 21 years. He had previously coached football and basketball at   Tarkio High School for a number of years. In fact, in 1965 he coached the Tarkio High School Football team to an undefeated   season. He was a principal at Penney High School in Hamilton, Mo., prior to moving to Savannah in 1968.

  He had served in the U.S. Air Force as a Drill Instructor and was a member of the Air National Guard.

  During his years at Savannah, he was active in a variety of civic organization including the Savannah Lions Club; Moila Shrine Temple; Masonic Lodge No. 71, A.F. & A.M.; Missouri Simmental Association; American Legion Post No. 287, Savannah; and Andrew County and Missouri Cattlemen's Associations.

Mr. Ramsey and his wife Bea (who passed away January 8, 2008) had 3 children; a son, Thayne; and two daughters, Jo Lynn Knight; and Roxanne Schweizer. All 3 are SHS graduates.

Mr. Ramsey died June 19, 2003.

  Gary Smith - SHS Principal 1965-1967

   Gary L. Smith, received a masters degree in education in 1965 and a doctoral degree in education from the University of Missouri in 1971. In 2010 he receive the 55th Annual Distinguished Service Award from the University of Missouri, the highest honor awarded to an MU alumnus.

Dr. Smith has spent 43 years on the Mizzou campus distinguishing himself in his profession and serving the needs of the university. He served as director of admissions and registrar from 1970 to 2000. After retiring, he was named director emeritus. He was a pioneer in automated registration and an expert in high-school-to-college relations. Smith is past president and vice president for data management and research for the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers and a past member of the board of trustees of American College Testing Inc. He received the Legion of Merit in 1995 after retiring as a colonel in the U.S. Air Force and the Missouri Air National Guard. He also received the Military Officer Association of America Citizenship Award in 2009.

Dr. Smith remembers that he was teaching at SHS (1959 - 1965) "When we moved from the old high to the new (current) one... I still have fond memory of my years in Savannah."

Dr. Smith and his wife, Carol, live in Columbia, MO.

  Lavega Claiborn - SHS Principal 1956-1965

  He graduated from high school in Crocker, Missouri in 1932. He received his bachelor's degree in chemistry from Monmouth   College in 1936 and his master's in educational administration from the Univ. of Missouri in 1940.

  He served in the US Army and fought as an artillery lieutenant and captain in WWII in Belgium, Holland, and Germany, received   two bronze star citations, and helped liberate the concentration camp at Nordhausen.

  Mr. Claiborn met his wife, Maryetta, when they were both teachers in Mountain Grove, Missouri. He first became a Principal at   Republic, Missouri, where he also owned the hardware store and was elected Mayor.

  After serving as SHS Principal for a number of years he was promoted to Superintendent in the mid 1960's. He left Savannah and   became Assistant Superintendent at Waynesville, Missouri. Shortly after he was promoted to Suptintendent, the position from which he eventually retired.

Mr. Claiborns two sons both graduated from SHS, Daniel in the class of 1965 and Chuck in the class of 1969. Both Daniel and Chuck were class valedictorians, presidents of NHS, and both went on to receive PhD.'s.

Mr. Claiborn died on March 9, 1999.

  Lester Daniels - SHS Principal 1946-1956

  Graduate of the University of Missouri with a Master of Arts Degree.

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  Laurence C. Grace - SHS Principal ?-? (1945)

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  Samuel Hoeper - SHS Principal 1937-1938

  Dr. Samuel D. Hoeper M.D. was born in Rich Hill, Mo., on August 18, 1909. After graduating from Rich Hill High School, he   attended Central Missouri State Teachers' College in Warrensburg, Mo. Upon graduation, he became a teacher and coach at   Grandview High School. In 1934, he completed his master's degree in high school administration at George Peabody College   and Vanderbilt University. That same year he became the high school principal and coach at Belton High School. In 1936, he was   appointed the principal and director of athletics at Savannah High School in Savannah, Mo.

  In 1940, he was accepted to Creighton University Medical School. Upon graduation from medical school he completed his   internship at KC General Hospital. After completing his internship, he served in the United States Army from 1944-1946 at Fort   Meade, Md. Upon an honorable discharge from the U.S. Army he began practicing medicine at Santa Fe Hospital in Topeka, Kan.,   until he could find office space in the Kansas City area. In 1947, he opened his private practice in Grandview, Mo. He started   Grandview Medical Center and continued there until he retired from the practice of medicine in the fall of 1993.

He was a member of the medical staff at St. Joseph Hospital, Trinity Lutheran Hospital, Menorah Hospital and Research Medical Center. He was a member of the American Medical Association and the Missouri State Medical Association. He was a past president of the Industrial Medical Association and the Richards Gebaur Community Council. He was a member of the Grandview School Board for 17 years. He was a charter member of the Grandview Lions Club and the Ruskin Heights Lutheran Church. In 1993, he was the recipient of the Creighton University School of Medicine Alumni Award.

He and his wife Loreine were married 41 years until her death in 1986. They had one son, Sam and one daughter, Patricia.

Dr. Hoeper, passed away on August 28, 2008, at age 99.

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