Notre Dame High School

27 February 2019

2019 Irish Legend – Dr. Carroll Morrison (Honorary)

Carroll Morrison served as the principal of Notre Dame High School for twenty years. She graduated from Holy Family Catholic School in Ashland, Kentucky, which she attended from the first through the 12th grades. Carroll graduated from Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky with majors in psychology and teaching mathematics. She taught math at Henry Clay high school in Lexington to help put her husband, David, through law school. She first came to Notre Dame in the fall of 1981 when David took a job with Steptoe and Johnson where she taught math and coached the cheerleaders to the first ever West Virginia state cheerleading championship. After leaving Notre Dame as a teacher, Carroll gained a doctorate in counseling psychology, and had a varied career which included time working with outpatient teenagers and families in crisis at the Fairmont psychiatric group and eight years as the Assistant Dean for Career Services at the WVU College of Law. Carroll came back to Notre Dame as principal in July 1998. During that time she made many improvements to the school and, in 2016, was awarded the Bishop’s Cross, the highest honor for someone involved in Catholic education in West Virginia. In 2017, Carroll was honored as the NCWV educator of the year. She has volunteered for several organizations which included serving on the boards of the YMCA, Healthy Harrison, and Waynesburg University. Carroll and David have three children who all graduated from Notre Dame: Elizabeth Grey Thomas (2005), who lives in Charleston, SC with her husband Brandon, Kelly Brynn Light (2006), who is married to Reed, and Chad Morrison (2015) who is a student at Florida Southern College in Lakeland, FL. Carroll retired in August, 2018.

Carroll will be honored at the Irish legends Gala on Saturday, April 13 at Via Veneto. Sponsorship/reservation information is available at