Please let me preface my remarks by stating that I worked at Beaufort High School for eight years back in the '90s. I thought it was a fine school. I enjoyed the students, parents and teachers. I participated in the planning of the new school building and helped put together the application for the International Baccalaureate program.
Since then, whenever queried about my tenure at the school, I have steadfastly defended it in every possible way as a fine place for kids to go if they were serious about their education (just like almost every other school in America).
Because of the above, I was quite taken aback by letters from people who really were not a part of the educational process and also by people who were (i.e. teachers) stating that principal Dan Durbin "saved the school." As I stated earlier, I never felt the school was in any need of saving.
And then came the ultimate conundrum: Why was Beaufort High School not one of the 27 (of 34) Beaufort County schools to win academic achievement awards from the state? One certainly would have thought from the many letters of support that Beaufort High would have been a lock for the award. So much for hyperbole.
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