LETTERS: Markham was ‘an example of true patriotism and public service’

Jim Markham, right, shakes hands with Jed Hodges, left, after the dedication ceremony of “Markham Field” at Mill Creek High School in Hoschton. Markham was the inaugural principal at Mill Creek from 2004 to 2013. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

We lost a good man this past weekend. Dr. Jim Markham, the founding principal of Mill Creek High School, died Saturday.

He was beloved and admired by many, as is evidenced by the outpouring of support in the community and on social media. He served his community his entire adult life, from tours of duty in Vietnam to decades spent educating students as a coach, teacher, and principal. In a day and age where basic American values are questioned and public leaders are too often exposed, Dr. Markham’s life stands as an example of true patriotism and public service.

Dr. Jim Markham should be well remembered for his grit, his kindness and the remarkable legacy he left behind him. While only part of that legacy, Mill Creek High School will forever represent the spirit of Dr. Markham.

As principal he passionately led students and teachers to build a first-class high school. Today it consistently ranks as one of the nation’s top schools academically and boasts some of Georgia’s best arts and athletics programs. More importantly, thousands of men and women have graduated and gone on to become great engineers, teachers, secretaries, lawyers, coaches, architects, hairstylists, military members, businessmen, pilots, policemen, mothers, fathers … the list could go on.

I am forever grateful of the culture he established at Mill Creek and the impact it has had on my life and those of my classmates. Thank you, Dr. Markham!

— Ben Evans, 2008 Mill Creek High Student Body President

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