Eastern Wake News

East Wake High School principal moving to Garner High

East Wake High School lost a football game to Greater Neuse River Conference rival Garner earlier this fall.

Now the school is set to lose one of its principals to the southeastern Wake County school as well.

East Wake School of Health Sciences principal Carter Hillman was named Tuesday by the Wake County Board of Education as the new principal at Garner High School. He will take over at Garner

Hillman will also see a hefty pay increase with the move – from $92,907 at East Wake High School to $106,610 at Garner High School.

In making the move, Hillman will jump from one the smallest high schools in Wake County to one of the largest in all of North Carolina.

With 2,600 students, Garner High School has about 1,000 more students than all four small schools at East Wake combined, numbers from the 2013-14 school year show. That year, Hillman oversaw 385 students in the School of Health Sciences.

At Garner, he will oversee a school in transition. Garner is a magnet school that also houses an International Baccalaureate program. Last spring Garner expanded into two campuses, taking over a removated movie theater which now houses the school’s freshman center. Students are also expected to move temporarily into South Garner High School when it is constructed so work crews can make major changes to the existing Garner campus.

But Hillman’s no stranger to flux. At East Wake he was part of one of Wake County’s most unusual set-ups. The small school’s concept divides the school’s 1,600 students roughly evenly among four small schools all housed on a single campus.

Hillman’s departure from East Wake is the third in as many years among the four positions at East Wake. Craig Baker left the School of Health Sciences in 2012 when Hillman took over. School of Arts principal Ericka Lucas left in 2013 to assume the top post at Rolesville High School when that facility was still under construction.

Hillman is the permanent replacement for Drew Cook, a Garner native who took a job at the school system’s central office as the head of high school programming.

Wake Couty schools have not yet named a temporary replacement for Hillman at East Wake.

Coming to East Wake from West Virginia in 2012, Hillman already had ties to other eastern Wake schools. He was an assistant principal at Knightdale High School from 2003-2008.

Hillman began as a teacher and coach at Mt. Pleasant High School in Concord from 1996 to 1999. He took the same position at Sanderson High School from 1999 to 2002 then moved to Wake Forest-Rolesville High to be an assistant principal intern before going to Knightdale High.

Hillman earned his Bachelor of Arts in English/Journalism from Valparaiso University in 1988.

He completed a master’s degree in secondary English at the State University of New York College at Cortland in 1993 and a master’s degree in school administration at N.C. State University in 2004.