West High is filled with dozens of wonderful staff members. One staff member in particular has gone above and beyond giving away his time to not only teach but to also coach a golf team, drive students home from school, and also transport student workers to and from Dollywood, not only during the school year but also during the summer as well. Coach Ralph Noble has become a large influence to the students and adults around him, not only from West but to all Hamblen County Schools.
Noble graduated from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama which is where he met his wife. He began teaching at Pelham High School also located at Birmingham, Alabama. He taught there for seven years before moving to Tennessee where he taught at Sevier County High School. He then moved to West, where he has been Trojan strong for 22 years.
Noble has been a lover of golf for years and is even the golf coach at West; this year his team has had amazing success. The team qualified for regional championships and are to play Sept. 27, 2021.Noble said, “Without a doubt, the secret to the success of our golf team is the hard work, dedication and commitment by our players. They play and practice all year, not just during the season. I couldn’t be more proud of them.”