Sheldon residents, school supporters and Beaufort County officials celebrated Saturday as the athletic complex at Whale Branch Early College High School was formally dedicated in the name of veteran Board of Education member Earl Campbell.
The county school board voted last year to name the athletic complex for Campbell, who was a key leader in building support for the construction of the new school that graduated its first class of seniors last spring.
A Beaufort County native, Campbell began his education in a one-room schoolhouse on Hilton Head Island. He was drafted into the Army at the age of 18 and served two tours in Vietnam as a combat medic. He earned a Bronze star and a Combat Medical Badge, among other honors.
After retiring from the Army with 20 years of service, Campbell returned to Beaufort with his wife and family and began a second career at the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. He was elected to the Beaufort County School Board in 1990 and has served ever since.