Miller slated for Opp Hall of Fame
Published 1:08 am Thursday, April 26, 2018
Allen Miller will be inducted in the Opp Hall of Fame when the Opp Chamber of Commerce holds its annual hall of fame and membership banquet on Thursday, May 10. The event is set for 6:30 p.m. at The Opp Depot.
Miller is the former superintendent of Opp City Schools, and is active in many civic.
A native of Kinston, Miller served in the Marine Corps from 1958 until 1962. After working his way through college, he graduated from Troy University in 1965, and began his education career as an Opp High School teacher. He left education briefly to help resurrect a fledgling garment manufacturer, but returned to education as assistant principal, and later principal, of South Highlands Elementary School.
As principal, he led the effort to achieve accreditation from SACS, a first for the school.
In 1975, Miller was promoted to the central office as curriculum coordinator for Opp City Schools. In this role, he helped develop vocational classes at OHS, securing grants to fund the technology and computer program in OCS. The tech program received national recognition, and students were invited to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to make a presentation of the OHS tech program.
He was named superintendent in 1988, and continued in that role until 2001. During this time, enrollment was the highest ever for Opp City Schools.
Miller was a pioneer in implementing vocational programs that helped provide training for job market skills in trades and technology. Partnering with LBW, OHS students were able to take classes in drafting, cosmetology, masonry, diesel mechanics, and many other trades. As a result of grants he wrote, OHS was able to build and staff shops and classrooms offering programs in building construction, auto mechanics, horticulture, technology, and preschool training/childcare. For the first time, all OCS campuses were connected through computers in the classrooms, and students were even able to take foreign language courses online
State Superintendent Dr. Wayne Teague appointed Miller to chair the teacher evaluation development committee, which developed, field tested, and implemented the first statewide teacher evaluation model. He created the Opp City Schools Foundation and Pennies for Excellence program to help fund classroom projects and to provide scholarships for OHS graduates. Upon retirement, he and his wife, Marlene, founded the Allen and Marlene Miller Scholarship Fund, which continues to provide scholarships for OHS graduates.
Miller has served on the Mental Health Board for more than 30 years, including five years as president. He served on the Chamber board for many years, including president (1987-1988). He served two terms as president of the Opp Rotary Club and continues to be active in community activities. As president of the local University of Alabama Alumni Association chapter, he helped initiate the Vernon St. John Scholarship for OHS graduates. He has served on the board of the Covington Schools Federal Credit Union, including five years as president, and the board of Sav-a-Life, teaching abstinence classes in area schools. He currently serves as chairman of the Covington County Industrial Development Board.
The Millers are active members of First Baptist Church. They are the parents of three children, Clay Miller, Dr. Keith Miller (Gabriela), and Beth Cooley (Gary), and have five grandchildren, Allen, Trinidad, and Chase Miller; and Taylor and Brian Cooley.