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Mr.  Bruce  W  Dean

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Mr. Bruce Dean

 Principal of Southside Middle School


I am excited to begin my first year as principal of Southside Middle School.

I began my journey at SMS as a student over thirty-three years ago! I’m thankful for the former teachers and administrators that have had such a profound impact on my life. These professionals helped me become the person I am today.  I have great memories of Southside Middle School, and I hope that all our students that attend can say the same about their time spent here.


This will begin my twentieth year in the Tallassee City School system with all twenty years being at Southside. I spent fifteen years as the eighth grade history teacher and coached numerous sports. I spent the past four years as the assistant principal at Southside.


Curriculum and extra curricular activities are going to be paramount at SMS this school year. We are going to see a record number of SMS students make the A/B honor roll and be involved in clubs and sports. The SMS staff is committed to giving more options to our students in the way of electives. It is not always easy to step out of our comfort zones, so I commend our staff for doing that in the name of enriching our student’s educational experience. We have added an Agriscience class and several enrichment classes to give our students options. Students now have band, enrichment, technology, and Agriscience as possible electives.


 We are going to live out our school motto of “Give One” on a daily basis. I look forward to working with our newly appointed assistant principal, Dr. Brock Nolin. I believe that with the stellar staff we have at Southside Middle School we can make it one of the best schools in the state.


If you have any questions about policy and procedures or how you can become more involved with Southside Middle School, please feel free to contact us at 334-283-2151. This is going to be a great year at SMS!