Charles Hagler has wished his great grandson a ‘happy first day of kindergarten’ this past August as did hundreds of other grandparents and great grandparents. What was unique about Charles telling ‘JC’ to have a nice day as he headed out to Malone School was that he was the fifth generation to attend that same school. With the drive to move away from our roots at an all-time high, Hagler says he couldn’t be happier that he followed in his dad’s footsteps in attending Malone School. He adds that he was even happier when his daughter Scarlett graduated from Malone and chose to live and raise her family in Malone. His granddaughter, Kacee Floyd attended and graduated from Malone School. This past August, her son ‘JC’ Jeffrey Cole made it five generations when he started kindergarten there.
Hagler’s father graduated from Malone in 1925 and actually taught there before he graduated. Hagler said, “Back then you could get like an eighth-grade test and get a certificate and you could teach up to the eighth grade. The way he got to finish high school was he taught a half a day and would go to school a half a day and he wasn’t but 27 years old when he graduated. See he taught up there some and then I went to school up there.” Hagler laughed when he said, “I’m the only failure in the family, I didn’t teach over there.”
Hagler went from elementary through the first semester of his sophomore year at Malone School, before transferring to Greenwood School. Hagler completed the second half of his sophomore year and his entire junior year. Hagler went on to say, “I lacked a grade and half from changing schools and everything and so I went on to barber college because I wasn’t going to waste another year of my life for that. I came back and went to night school and got my diploma through night school. Then my daughter went up there, she graduated up there and she taught up there.”
When asked when his daughter Scarlett Floyd attended Malone School Charles Hagler said, “She started up there in the fourth grade and graduated from there.”
Hagler’s granddaughter Kacee Floyd is a graduate of Malone School and is currently teaching at her alma mater. Hagler says, “Three of the four generations that are old enough to have ever taught have taught up there.”
Hagler’s great-grandson Jeffery ‘J.C.’ Pittman is in kindergarten this year at Malone School. J.C. is the fifth generation to be a Malone Tiger.
Hagler went on to say, “I was 17 when I started barber school and when I got out of it and started working here in town right after I turned 18. I got married when I was 19. It’s kind of funny how things worked out because I never would have thought Scarlett would have stayed around here. I figured that she would’ve moved way off somewhere, but she wound up staying around here. So, her children got to go to school in Malone.”
Kacee Floyd lives in Donaldsonville and teaches at Malone and Hagler said, “For her to wind up teaching up there too is kind of ironic.”
Kacee Floyd teaches middle school English at Malone and Scarlett now teaches at Sunland. Hagler says of Scarlett, “She taught at Malone for years, then she taught at Grand Ridge, taught one year at Marianna High School and then she got a job out at Sunland. I think this is the easiest job she’s ever had. Most of the time they get them on the computer and play with them on the computer and stuff.”
Charles Hagler is most definitely a Malone Tiger for life and is looking forward to seeing ‘JC’ make his way through graduation as a Tiger. Whether he finishes there or at another school, it is safe to say the Haglers have made their mark in education at Malone.