South Stokes High School Principal Wayne Duggins turned in his resignation on Tuesday to the Stokes County School Board after accepting a principal position at Southwest Guilford in High Point.
“I was given the opportunity to serve a school in my community. Southwest Guilford, like South Stokes, is a great school and one that I always wanted to work at ever since I started as an administrator. Both schools are similar in that they have great students, staff, and solid community support,” Duggins said. “Opportunities to run larger high schools don’t come open very often, so I am honored that they chose me to come to Southwest Guilford High School, which I consider to be one of the best in Guilford County.”
Duggins has been at South Stokes since 2013 and in that short time has been named Stokes County 2015-2016 Principal of the Year and was chosen as the Region V Principal of the Year based out of Stokes, Alamance, Asheboro, Caswell, Davidson, Davie, Elkin, Forsyth, Guilford, Lexington, Mount Airy, Randolph, Rockingham, Thomasville, Surry, and Yadkin school districts.
Duggins said he’ll miss many things about South Stokes, but especially the students and staff.
“They took in a rookie principal and supported me as much as I ever supported them. I will forever be grateful to them and Stokes County Schools,” he said. “South was a great school before I arrived. I just think they questioned that fact. I told my staff that all I did was get them a little recognition and help publicize their achievements. They now know what they want, where they’re going, and how they’re going to get there.”
According to Duggins, South Stokes is the only place you can be a Saura.
“It’s truly unique for the opportunities it provides its students with a limited amount of resources. South has an abundance of human capital. The staff and community love this school and as long as that never dies, students will continue to get a great education. It’s the best school in this county and everyone knows this now to be fact. It makes me feel good to know that I had a part in that.”
Amanda Dodson can be reached at 336-813-2426 or on Twitter at AmandaTDodson.