January 1, 2014
East Liverpool High School Alumni,
It is with great pride that I greet you from the East Liverpool Junior-Senior High School. Employed by our school district for nearly thirty years, I have come to feel like a “Potter” in my work among our students and staff. This is a unique distinction; indeed, and I am humbled by the opportunity to serve as the principal for an institution grounded in such a rich history and tradition.
Prior to my employment with our school, I had the benefit of working on the “ground floor” as the Alumni Association was being organized. I was witness to the work of the founders as they labored to form the Association and to erect the Clock Tower facility at the site of the former Central School building. A painting of that distinctive structure, and another of the former high school building that now houses Kent State University, still hang proudly in our office “on the hill.” These paintings serve to remind me of my responsibility to prepare our students for the future in a manner that is consistent with our past.
A number of fine educators have gone before me, working to support students as they strive to succeed in academics, the arts, and athletics. I am filled with pride when I see the achievements of so many graduates of ELHS, contributing so much to our community and to our country! It is truly an honor and a privilege to be a participant in that process.
Please know that I admire the hard work and dedication of the Alumni Association, promoting the “Blue & White” spirit and helping our students to attain their goals. Our alumni have made a real difference in the lives of many, providing opportunities for our students that might otherwise have been impossible. Just as the Clock Tower rises above our community and inspires us, so do our alumni serve as a guiding influence for our students, to rise to overcome their challenges and to reach their full potential.
With great respect from the home of the “Potters,”