Phillip CroftMr. Croft attended Western Carolina Teacher’s College (now Western Carolina University), where he received teaching certifications in science. After his graduation in 1951, Mr. Croft received his Master’s degree from Columbia University in New York City before returning to the North Carolina mountains to teach at Christ School in Arden. When East Henderson High School opened in 1960, Mr. Croft took a position in the school’s science department, where he taught chemistry, biology, and physics for nearly a decade.

Mr. Croft became principal of Edneyville High School in 1967 and served in that position until his retirement a decade later. During his career, Mr. Croft was instrumental in establishing a supportive community for the students and teachers with whom he worked. He wanted the very best for every student and he gave his very best to see that each student received the best education he/she could get.”

2016 Education Hall of Fame