By Ashley Rader
“I am walking into a great situation,” Wright said. “There is a 96 percent graduation rate. We were one of only five in the state to get exemplary status. We were 10th overall in the state in ACT scores. We were 6th in reading in ACT and that is tremendous. I had no part in that. It was like that when I came here.
“My goal is to keep improving, and things are already well, but you don’t ever stop improving. You just keep doing it. You don’t want to get stale. Although we love the things we did last year, we know we can get better.”
Wright has more than 30 years experience in education and 17 years experience as a school administrator, all of that in Avery County, N.C. He took over at EHS after former principal John Wright became principal at West Side Elementary.
In his first weeks at EHS, Wright said he was impressed most with the pride the students and community have in the school, the work ethic of the staff and the character of the students.
“The pride really stands out,” Wright said.
“One of the big things when I came down here, everyone said, ‘Wait until football Friday night. You are really going to see something then,’“ he recalled.
He found that “everyone” was right.