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Drake calls it a career, retires after 47 years

Published 4:06pm Wednesday, July 10, 2013

By Aldo Amato

Staff Reporter

HUNTSVILLE — After 47 years in the Huntsville City Schools system, B.T. Drake in nearing the end of his tenure as principal at Grissom High School.

Drake notified Huntsville City Schools that he will step down as principal on August 1. Drake represents almost five decades of progress within Huntsville City Schools and he spent 13 years as head of Grissom High School.

“Well retirement means I am coming close to the end of this book,” Drake said. “It has been rewarding and I have met so many talented students and magnificent teachers.”

According to his official bio, in 1998, Drake was recognized as the Secondary School Principal of the Year by both the Huntsville Council of PTAs and the Alabama Council of PTAs. Mr. Drake was selected as the Alabama Association of Secondary Schools Metlife Principal of the Year in 2000 and 2010.

“What it means to me, we gave students challenges and opportunities to further there education,” he said. “When we see their challenge met and they leave here, then we know they’ve been successful here. I’m proud I helped lay a foundation.”

While principal, Drake saw Grissom receive a blue ribbon award for excellence, the Siemens award and was recognized for the state department for outstanding career readiness programs. Drake was also a key member at getting the new Grissom High School planned and designed. Before arriving to Grissom in 2000, Drake served as principal at Challenger, Davis Hill and Ed White.

“I hope to be a part of the process when the new school opens,” he said. “But for right now, I plan to focus on my family, two children and relaxing for just a little bit. I think it is time to put this old body in the shop.”

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