Steve Eiland
Steve Eiland
Steve Eiland has been named principal at Philadelphia High School for the 2019-2020 school year.

Eiland is familiar with the Philadelphia schools, having worked there as a teacher and administrator from 2000-2012.

“He has been with us before,” said superintendent Lisa Hull. “He knows our kids. He comes with a lot of experience. He is ready to get on the ground and get started.”

Eiland replaces Michael Tardy who has resigned effective at the end of the school year. His first official day will be July 1.



Eiland worked in the Philadelphia School District from 2000 to 2012. During his time, he was the assistant principal and principal of Philadelphia Elementary School. He was also principal of Philadelphia Middle School.

While at Philadelphia, he was named the district’s ‘Teacher of the Year’ for 2004-2005, and ‘Administrator of the Year’ for 2010-2011.”

“My goals will include building a positive school culture and promoting academic excellence,” Eiland said. “I am really hoping Philadelphia’s test scores will come back up to at least a D or a C. That will give us something to build on.

“We are going to do all we can do to increase academic standards. A whole lot of factors going in to that. Everyone has to do their part,” Eiland said.

Eiland is a native of Louisville. He graduated from Louisville High School and went on to receive his bachelor degree, his Masters degree and his Specialist degree from Mississippi State University.

After leaving Philadelphia, Eiland was director of student services, Special Education and Gifted Services, for four years. He moved on to the Starkville schools where he was an assistant elementary school principal. Last year, he returned to the Louisville school where he was an inclusion teacher at Eiland Middle School.

“Many of our schools have challenges,” Eiland said. “Education is intense field and not just Philadelphia. “I love Philadelphia. They were good to me when I was here. I am coming back to give my all and move Philadelphia forward.”