History of E. A. Cox Middle School


After much planning by the Maury County School Board and the Maury County Commission, E. A. Cox Middle School opened in August, 1997.  Final construction of the building was still in progress at opening.  The school was named for long-time Maury County educator E. A. (Ed) Cox.  Mr. Cox served Maury County Schools as teacher and superintendent for many years.  His career in education was highlighted by his service as Tennessee Commissioner of Education.   

Dr. Mary Reel served as first principal of Cox coming on board in the final construction phases.  At its peak enrollment, CMS housed over 1,000 students--more than it was designed to hold.  Dr. Debbie Steen took the reigns as principal in July 2002 upon Dr. Reel's departure to the State of Tennessee Department of Education.  In January 2005, fifth graders from Spring Hill Elementary School were relocated to Cox in order to relieve overcrowding.  Therefore, the school served fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students for nearly two years until Marvin Wright Elementary School opened.


In July 2007, Randolph Howell Elementary School's fifth grade was moved to CMS making the school a more permanent five through eight middle school.  CMS experienced another change with the opening of a new middle school in Spring Hill in 2010.  With county-wide rezoning changes, E. A. Cox Middle School continued to serve grades five through eight.  At the conclusion of the 2012 school year, Dr. Debbie Steen stepped down as Principal of E. A. Cox Middle School after ten years of dedicated service.  E. A. Cox Middle School


Being accredited by the Southern Association of Schools and Colleges, E. A. Cox Middle school continues to grow and change.  The beginning of the 2012-213 school year, we faced another county-wide rezoning which increased our student population.  In addition to new students we welcomed a new principal and assistant principals along with many new teachers.  With school colors of red and black, the Cougars have developed a great sense of school spirit and pride.

E. A. Cox Middle School is saying "good bye" to Mr. Eric Perryman, Principal at the conclusion of the 2014-2015 school year and welcoming Dr. Tim Webb.  Dr. Webb and Assistant Principals Missy Todd and Doug Sharp guide a staff of over fifty-five teachers to provide the finest education possible.