Valdosta, GA -- May 23, 2012 --
On Tuesday, May 22, Mr. Rufus McDuffie, principal of Valdosta High School, announced his retirement effective June 30, 2012. McDuffie, affectionately referred to as Coach by most everyone in the district, began his career in 1981 as a teacher at Pierce County High School in Blackshear. From there he went on to spend twenty years in Camilla at Mitchell-Baker High School as a teacher, then an assistant principal and head basketball coach. McDuffie left there in 2002 and went to Washington County High School as a teacher and coach and was eventually promoted to assistant principal.
Coach McDuffie came to Valdosta High School in July of 2006 as the head basketball coach and an assistant principal. He was named as the first African American principal of VHS in July of 2011. The Valdosta City Schools family is sad to see Coach McDuffie go but wishes him the very best in his retirement.
Valdosta City Schools announced the vacancy and started the search for a replacement to begin the 2012-2013 school year.