Loudoun County, Va. (December 12, 2014) – Retired Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) Superintendent, Dr. Edgar B. Hatrick III returned to Loudoun County High School, his alma mater and location of his first teaching post, on Wednesday, November 19, for the unveiling of a plaque presented in tribute to his more than 47 years of service to LCPS and Loudoun County High School. (Hatrick also served as the school’s principal.)
The plaque was unveiled during a ceremony in the foyer of the school attended by Loudoun County’s current principal, Dr. Michelle Luttrell, and a committee of Hatrick’s former colleagues, students and even teachers. The tribute committee created the plaque and worked with Luttrell to have it placed prominently in the entrance of the high school. (The plaque was paid for by private funds raised by the committee. No public funds were used for its purchase.)
“We wanted something permanent to recognize someone who has dedicated his entire career to public education in Loudoun County,” said Rhod Wood, a retired LCPS teacher. “This committee was made up of people who went to school with Dr. Hatrick, taught with Dr. Hatrick and worked for Dr. Hatrick.”
“What a remarkable group of people you (the committee) are,” said Hatrick. “I have gotten so much credit for what you have done as teachers in Loudoun County, as students in Loudoun County…as part of the Loudoun County family.
“During all of my retirement celebrations, what I have really wanted to celebrate is public education…because who I became and what I was able to do was a direct result of the experience I had in this school from 1958 to 1963. The opportunities we had, even when we were a rural school district, were a direct result of the care teachers and staff gave to every one of us.
“I am just thankful that I had the opportunity for almost 48 years to give back to the community that had given so much to me…and I hope to continue to do that. Thank you to everyone here today for what you have done for me and for all of the children of Loudoun County.
“One of my favorite films is, “It’s a Wonderful Life” and many of you know why… (The movie’s star, Jimmy Stewart, was Hatrick’s uncle).” Overcome a bit by emotion, Hatrick concluded with “Thank you.”