New principal named for Myrtle Beach High School

vgrooms@thesunnews.comApril 10, 2013 

John Washburn, assistant principal at Carolina Forest High School, was named the new principal for Myrtle Beach High School by the Horry County school board Wednesday night. Principal Nona Kerr will be retiring in June.

Washburn was chosen from 30 candidates who applied for the job, said Horry County Schools Superintendent Cindy Elsberry. The board voted unanimously for his selection.

Washburn has five years of administrative experience. Prior to that, he was a music teacher and band director at St. James High School for five years and for an additional 13 years at three schools in North Carolina. He has a master’s degree in educational administration from Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, Ariz., and a bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Washburn was a finalist for the Horry County Schools’ Teacher of the Year in 2007. He will begin his new position at Myrtle Beach High on July 1.

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