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Retiring Grayson principal cherishes friendships

David Hopson

David Hopson

The process to find the next principal of Grayson High School continues as David Hopson is about six weeks from retirement.

Grayson’s principal since 2009, Hopson announced earlier this month that he plans to retire on Jan. 31 after coming to Gwinnett County Public Schools in 2003. In a letter to the Grayson community, Hopson said it’s been an honor to work with the most outstanding educators anywhere, and he noted that he’s been an educator in three states.

Hopson previously was an assistant principal at Dacula High from 2003-06, and an assistant principal at Peachtree Ridge High from 2006-09.

“I will cherish the friendships I’ve made during my time here forever,” Hopson wrote. “We have accomplished so much with the tremendous support of our Grayson community. I live here and work here. I am deeply vested in GHS and with all those who help our faculty, staff, and students every day in so many ways. I’ll always have a special place in my heart for Grayson High School. I wish for them continued success in the future.”

Hopson began his career as a teacher in Texas in 1981, and was an assistant principal at several stops in the Lone Star State until 1996. He then was a principal in Dothan, Ala. from 1996-2003.

Hopson’s retirement makes Grayson the 15th school — the seventh high school — in the district to have a principal change since this school year began. Collins Hill High will soon have a new principal after Glenn McFall also announced his retirement.

A community survey and meetings between the Grayson community and CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks are underway.