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Northwood’s Dr. Bradford Walston named CCS Principal of the Year

PITTSBORO — Northwood High School’s Dr. Bradford Walston was named Chatham County Schools’ Principal of the Year on Thursday, Nov. 10.

“This is such an honor,” Walston said. “I’m lucky to be part of Northwood and CCS. We have so much support in this district from our families and community. That has given me the ability to in turn further develop my staff and students.”

Under Walston’s leadership, Northwood has experienced success in academics, the arts and athletics. Students and staff have engaged in a range of opportunities and areas of interest, and Walston has worked to provide as many of those experiences as possible.

Walston joined Northwood as principal in the 2018-2019 school year. He previously served as a principal in Randolph County and an administrator in Wake County Public Schools.

“Dr. Walston is a strong leader who has created an environment for growth for both staff and students,” said Superintendent Dr. Anthony Jackson. “He is a motivator for success and provides pathways for staff and students to achieve it. We are immensely proud of the work he is doing at Northwood and the collaborative work he does in his building and with his peers throughout the district.”

One of the reasons he was selected for the honor of Principal of the Year was because of his commitment to providing opportunities for students to find success in multiple areas. The arts programming at Northwood is outstanding and award-winning. The girls basketball team brought home the 3A state title in the 2021-2022 school year. And Northwood is a consistent high performer in academic measurements. 

“I am a strong believer in engaging students by finding their areas of interest. That engagement will help them also find success in other areas and build their confidence and improve their outcomes,” Walston said. “I love what I do, love my school, students and staff. And I am so grateful to be part of the work Chatham County Schools is doing.”