On Tuesday principal Michael Campbell announced his decision to retire from Fairfax County Public Schools at the end of the school year.
Campbell, who has worked as head principal of CVHS for the last six years, plans to move to Huntsville, Alabama, where the school system has offered him a new job. A representative from Fairfax County Public Schools will hold a community meeting soon to explain the process for selecting a new principal at CVHS. In a letter Campbell sent to the community on Tuesday, he said that it was with "mixed and strong emotions" that he moved on to the new assignment.
"My family and I have lived in the community for 25 years. There is no better place to raise a family," Campbell wrote. "My two sons, Chris and Hunter, were fortunate to live and attend schools in the Centreville pyramid. My family and I have become true Wildcats over my six plus years as the principal, enjoying games, concerts, beautification days, and numerous other events at the school. I leave at a time when I feel the school is doing well in all aspects and will continue to do so because of the truly amazing staff at Centreville High School."
Campbell started his career in 1983 as a football, basketball and girls softball coach at . He stayed in that position until 1993, when he became an athletic director at George C. Marshall High School.
"In 1989, I drove past Centreville High School on my way to work every day at Marshall and watched the new high school being built in Centreville. It was my dream to eventually work in the awesome new school in my community. My dream came true in 1996 when I was hired as a Subschool Principal at Centreville High School," Campbell wrote.
Campbell then went on to become an assistant principal at in 1999, and five years later become the principal. He joined the staff at CVHS as the new principal in 2006, and has also volunteered as a coach with the .
He does not know what the new position in Huntsville will entail yet, but said that he will look back with fondness at his time at CVHS.
"I will treasure my time here and have become a better educator, parent, and person because of my experiences in such a wonderful educational institution," Campbell wrote.