When Bay High students return to school for the New Year, they will have a new principal. Superintendent William Husfelt selected Mackie Owens to return as Principal of Bay High School on January 5, 2009.
Owens shares a vision with students, parents, faculty and staff to improve Bay High school to grade A status in the state accountability program. The Bay County flagship high school improved from a C to a B in school year 2007 – 2008.
Another of his primary goals is to maintain a clean, safe, and pleasing learning environment at Bay High. He looks forward to finishing his career at his alma mater and says, "This is the last stop."
Owens retired in November from the school district through the Florida Deferred Retirement Option Program (DROP) after 40 years of service as an educator in Bay District Schools. He was hired back to the Principal position on an annual contract with five years experience under the current district procedure for rehiring administrators.
Owens is a 1964 graduate of Bay High School.
He earned his bachelor’s degree from Florida State University in 1968 and a master’s degree from Middle Tennessee State University in 1971. He has served the students in Bay County as a PE teacher and coach. His first administrative position was as an assistant principal at Bay High School from 1987 to 2002 overseeing attendance and the physical plant.
He was the district Supervisor of Maintenance from 2002-2007 and returned to Bay High School as Principal in July of 2007 and remained there until his retirement in November of this year.