Whitesburg native Paul W. Polly was recently inducted into the Paris (Ky.) Greyhound Hall of Fame, which honors those who have contributed to the academic and athletic tradition of Paris High School. In addition, Polly was recognized for his positive influence and impact on others.
Polly is a graduate of Whitesburg High School where he excelled in football, basketball and baseball. He was drafted into the U.S. Army and served two years, 18 months of which he spent in Germany with the Aviation Engineer Battalion.
After military service, he attended Eastern Kentucky University and received a bachelor of arts degree in 1955 and a master of arts degree with honors in 1957. He began his career as a teacher at Berea High School and continued at Jenkins High School. He was principal at Bradford ( Ohio) High School and Elliot County High School, then Paris High School in 1962.
From 1964 to 1977, Polly was superintendent of the Paris City School System. Under his leadership, Seventh Street Elementary School and Southside Middle School were accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and Paris High School received a comprehensive rating, the highest academic rating a high school can obtain, from the Kentucky Board of Education.
Improvements to facilities during Polly’s term as superintendent included the building of a new elementary school, a new fine arts center, an addition to Southside Middle School, and the remodeling of the school’s gymnasium lobby and a residential property for administrative offices, an addition to the field house at the athletic field, new bleachers and a gravel walkway at the athletic field, a quarter-mile track, and renovation of the playing field.
Polly retired as superintendent of Anderson County Schools in 1986. He was a member of the Central Kentucky Education Association and the Central Kentucky Superintendent’s Council. He was also a member and served as president and vice-president of the Paris Rotary Club.
In retirement, he enjoys fishing and attending University of Kentucky football games, traveling and spending time with his wife, Diane, and their family.