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Crayton named first principal of Seaforth High School

PITTSBORO — The Chatham County Board of Education on Jan. 20, 2021, approved Tripp Crayton as the principal of Seaforth High School, effective Feb. 15, 2021. Crayton has been principal Tripp Crayton  at Jordan-Matthews High School, in Siler City, since 2015. 

Seaforth is on schedule to open in August. It’s the first high school built in the district since 1972. Crayton said he always wanted to open a brand-new school. 

“After much reflection and thought, I sought the opportunity to become principal of the new high school to fulfill a goal I have desired over time,” Crayton said. “My experiences prior to coming to Jordan-Matthews, as well as my experiences there, will help guide me in building the foundation of the new school. It has been an honor working at Jordan-Matthews.”

Crayton, the 2020 Chatham County Schools Principal of the Year, is in his 26th year as an educator. 

The interim principal at Jordan-Matthews will be Donna Barger, who has been one of the school’s assistant principals for the past 5 ½ years. Barger has been an educator for 24 years. 

Published Jan. 20, 2020