After spending the last 15 years as principal at Springville High School, Dr. Robert Harris has retired from the education field.

In total, Harris spent 37 years in the education field as teacher, coach, assistant principal and principal – all at the three Springville schools.

“It has been a very rewarding experience,” Harris said Tuesday. “I graduated from Springville High School in 1972, and to be able to come back and make that full cycle is humbling.”

St. Clair County Schools Superintendent Jenny Seals said Harris was a very good administrator.

“He had a strong leadership style, and I valued that leadership” Seals said. “I respected him. He had a love for Springville High School and the folks in Springville knew it.”

Throughout his long, illustrious career, Harris has developed friendships with many teachers and thousands of students.

“Many of these people I taught, coached or worked with have become lifelong friends,” Harris said.

When asked what his immediate plans were, Harris said he wants to spend some time on his farm.