Mr. Clay Manes graduated from EHS in 1981. He earned a BA in English from Fort Hays State University. Since then, he has taught at Victoria High School and Abilene High School. He came to EHS in 1988 to teach English and coach. While at Ellsworth, his English classes have changed dramatically, moving from a traditional English curriculum to Technical Writing. Mr. Manes coach junior high wrestling.

Mr. Manes is married to Susan, and they have three children: Jason, Rebecca, and Ryan.