Southside Middle School principal killed in crash

Southside Middle School principal killed in crash

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Alabama State Troopers are providing additional details surrounding the traffic crash Saturday that took the life of a local school principal. Southside Middle School principal Alan Thompson was fatally injured in a two-vehicle crash in Tallassee around 5:30pm Saturday.

Troopers say Thompson's 2010 Chevrolet Impala collided with a 2001 Ford Taurus driven by Jeremy Stroud along Cherokee Trail Road at the intersection of Alabama 14. That's approximately 8 miles west of Tallassee.

Stroud was not injured in the crash.

No additional details about the crash were immediately available. The investigation is ongoing and no cause is known at this time.

Thompson was new to the Tallassee City School system, taking over at Southside Middle at the beginning of the 2012-13 school year after then principal Dr. Kenneth Varner moved into the system's superintendent role.

It might have been Thompson's first year at Southside, but it was his 12th year in the education field and 9th in an administrative role. His educational background work started at J.F. Ingram State Technical College in Elmore County. He held a teaching/coaching position at Thompson High School in Shelby County for 2 years before moving in the direction of school administration.

He landed assistant principal positions at Pleasant Grove High School in Jefferson County and Pelham High School in Shelby County before becoming a principal at Jemison High School in Chilton County. He served in that role for 4 years before accepting the Southside Middle job.

Before education became his professional focus, Thompson spent time in the military serving 10 years with the Alabama National Guard. He also spent 6 years in federal law enforcement with the United States Customs Service.

Thompson worked at the Montgomery Police Department for 3 years while putting himself through school at Auburn University Montgomery. As he accepted the position with the Tallassee School System, Thompson continued setting his sights on an increased education of his own while pursuing a doctoral degree at Alabama State University.

Thompson, a father of 3, was 49-years-old.

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