PHOTO: Kevin Dyson takes over immediately as principal at Grassland Middle School. // Photo courtesy WCS InFocus
Kevin Dyson, who has served as assistant principal at Independence High School since 2015 and is best known for his NFL career with the Tennessee Titans, has been named as the new principal at Grassland Middle School.
Williamson County Schools interim Superintendent Jason Golden made the announcement on Friday, according to the district’s InFocus newsletter. Dyson was named interim principal at Grassland earlier this spring.
“Grassland Middle School was built with a strong foundation and rich traditions, and I am humbled to receive the opportunity to lead GMS to greater heights,” Dyson said in the newsletter. “There is something special about the Grassland community, and I look forward to working collaboratively with students, parents, teachers and staff for years to come. I have fond memories of my time and experiences at Independence, and I appreciate the valuable lessons I learned from the great teachers and administrators there.”
Before beginning his career in education in 2006, Dyson played wide receiver after he was drafted by the Tennessee Titans (Oilers at the time) in 1998 until leaving the team in 2002. Dyson’s role in the “Music City Miracle” during a 1999 playoffs game against Buffalo will be forever remembered in the annals of the NFL. He was the recipient of a lateral from Frank Wychek on the Bills’ kickoff and raced downfield to score the winning touchdown.
In the Super Bowl of that same season, Dyson also made the highlight reel after he came up just a yard short of scoring the probable tying touchdown after being tackled by the St. Louis Rams’ Mike Jones. Dyson finished out his NFL career in 2005 after playing briefly with three other teams.
Dyson earned his Bachelor’s in Sociology from the University of Utah. He earned a Master’s in Leadership Administration and another in Teaching Principles 7-12 as well as a Doctorate in Leadership and Practical Practice, all from Trevecca Nazarene University.
Dyson has taught in both public and private schools, and he also coached football at Independence.
“He has served the [Grassland] school well during his interim period, and I’ve been especially impressed with the positive relationships he’s built in such a short time,” Golden said. “Teaching and learning matter at Grassland, and we look forward to Dr. Dyson leading this great school.”
Dyson begins his new role immediately.