Cas McWaters

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Cas McWaters was the principal of Vestavia Hills High School from 2006 to 2013. He previously held the same position at Tarrant High School for two years.

Before he returned to Vestavia Hills as principal, McWaters had served on the faculty at Vestavia Hills for 24 years, first as a volunteer assistant coach and, after 1988 as a full-time science teacher. He was the school's assistant principal from 1999 to 2004 when he left to lead Tarrant High School.

He returned to Vestavia in 2006 to succeed Ann Jones as principal. In his first year he made the decision to remove the Confederate battle flag from the school's seal, to bar it from being displayed in the school, and to prohibit all flagpoles from Thompson Reynolds Stadium.

McWaters retired in 2013 and was succeeded by Wes Gordon.

McWaters, an active member of Shades Mountain Baptist Church is also known as a vocalist for gospel and contemporary Christian music. In 2006 he organized a recording project that combined several area choirs from the Birmingham Baptist Association for the CD ;Best of Birmingham", the proceeds from which will support tsunami recovery efforts and missionary work in Indonesia.

McWaters' wife, Deborah, is also an accomplished vocalist.

Preceded by:
Richard Bishop
Tarrant High Principal
Succeeded by:
Andrew Smith
Preceded by:
Ann C. Jones
Vestavia Hills High Principal
Succeeded by:
Wes Gordon


  • Coman, Victoria L. (May 3, 2006) "Tarrant High principal finds his way back to Vestavia Hills." The Birmingham News
  • Washington, Sondra. (March 2, 2006) "Birmingham choirs join to cut CD for tsunami relief." The Birmingham News
  • Colby, Tanner (2012) Some of My Best Friends Are Black. Viking Adult ISBN 9780670023714
  • Rodriguez, Ana (February 1, 2013) "Vestavia Hills High principal, Cas McWaters, to retire in June." The Birmingham News