The NHS Foundation for Excellence held its annual Spring Open House on Tuesday evening at the Peachtree Corners home of Jan and Aaron Lupuloff. It was a chance to say farewell to Norcross High's outgoing principal, and welcome the school's new leader.
And it was also an opportunity for the co-presidents Jenny and Bob Chapin to present a few gifts and share some fond memories of the outgoing principal, Jonathan Patterson.
NHS's incoming principal, Will Bishop, did not escape the spotlight either. The Chapins presented a few gag gifts before the gathering of some 75 or so who attended the evening's event.
Patterson, it was discovered, has a passion for shoes so his farewell gift was a pair of blue suede shoes. "We wanted you to have something blue to remember us by," said Jenny Chapin when presenting the gift.
As a gag gift, Bishop received a pair of large red and white clown shoes, a symbol, said Chapin, of the big shoes the new principal would have to fill, which he accepted gracefully. "I'm excited to be part of Norcross High," said Bishop, "and I look forward to working with the Foundation."
In December 2011, Jonathan Patterson who had served as NHS principal for the past eight years was promoted to Area Superintendent by the GCPS leaders. Will Bishop, former assistant principal at Duluth High School was named the Blue Devils' new principal in January of this year.
Among those attending the open house were: Peachtree Corners future mayor, Mike Mason and his wife Debbie, Dr. Mary Kay Murphy, GCPS board member, Norcross Mayor Bucky Johnson and Lillian Webb, who served as Norcross mayor for 19 years.
The NHS Foundation for Excellence was formed in 2001 to provide financial assistance for the education of future generations of Norcross students.
The Foundation for Excellence with a generous gift from Mr. Paul Duke, developer of Technology Park. Since its formation the Foundation has received donations from hundreds of families to help fund programs and structures, including:
- Matrix sign that greets all school visitors
- Contributions to assist in funding the Duke House
- Media Center updates including books and equipment
- Teacher grants that impact our students
- Pavilion located by tennis courts providing shade and water
- Computer carts containing wireless laptops
- Trophy case in foyer
- Teacher scholarships for continuing education
Visit the NHS Foundation for Excellence website for more information.