Carthage R-9 District announces passing of beloved administrator Dr. Sam Rogers

Dr. Sam Rogers, Carthage High School Assistant Principal

Dear Carthage Staff and families,

It is with a heavy heart that we share with you the passing of Dr. Sam Rogers.

Dr. Rogers is known and respected in the Carthage community. To those of us in the school district, his reputation as an outstanding assistant principal and teacher is well known. Dr. Rogers grew up in Carthage, attended Mark Twain Elementary, Carthage Jr. High, and Carthage High School. Dr. Rogers showed his Tiger spirit by being the Student Council President from 1989-1990. He has had a tremendous impact on our students and many others in the area through administration, teaching, and coaching in Carthage, Webb City, & Joplin.


Rogers, 50, was a 21- year veteran teacher. He and his wife, Allison, Librarian for Royal Heights, Joplin Schools, have two children, Benjamin, a CHS junior, and Emerson, a CHS sophomore.

Dr. Rogers earned his bachelor of science degree in elementary education in 1996 from University of Missouri in Columbia and Master of Educational Administration (K-12) in 2005 from William Woods University in Fulton. He went on to earn his Education Specialist in Administration-Superintendent Certification in 2010 from Missouri State University in Springfield and Doctorate in Educational Administration in 2014 from Lindenwood University in St. Charles.

“Dr. Rogers’ infectious personality and passion for our school community was unparalleled. Losing Dr. Rogers is a huge loss to the Carthage community. He was a true advocate for students, a genuine supporter of our faculty and staff, and a dear friend to so many. My heart breaks for Allison, Ben and Emme, his parents, brother, and close family and friends. He will be greatly missed. Please keep his family, colleagues, and school community in your prayers during this difficult time.” -Dr. Angela Holman, Carthage High School Principal

“Our prayers and condolences go out to Allison, their children, Cindy, Chris, and the extended family. This is truly a sad day for our area’s education community. Sam was the ultimate educator who truly wanted all kids to succeed.” -Dr. Mark Baker, Carthage Superintendent

District counselors will be available at the high school to aid grieving students and staff members on Monday.

Please join us in keeping the Rogers family in your thoughts and prayers.