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What can you tell me about J.W. Harrington, former principal at New Hanover High School?

Chuck Carree
StarNews
J.W. Harrington

J.W. Harrington (Contributed photo)

J.W. Harrington turned 94 years old on March 25, 2011, and still resides in Wilmington. Both his wife, Edna, and two sons are still alive.

Harrington has lived across the state, ranging from Burlington to Fayetteville and Wilmington.

Before coming to Wilmington, he was worked in business in Fayetteville, but had a strong desire to return to education.

Upon return, he was a coach and teacher at Forest Hills School, which he says was grades one through 10. He coached three sports there.

He also worked at Bradley Creek and Winter Park schools before becoming principal at Sunset Junior High School for eight years.

Later he became principal at New Hanover, where he believes he stayed until the middle 1960s. He then left for a principal job at Walter William High School in Burlington.

He also is a military veteran.

“He is just a fine fellow,’’ said Bob Moore, a former New Hanover principal and friend of Harrington’s.

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2 Responses to “ What can you tell me about J.W. Harrington, former principal at New Hanover High School?”

  1. On November 11, 2011 at 4:13 pm Vera Walker wrote:

    Dale K. Spencer was principal in 1955-56 according to my sophomore yearbook and he remained principal through my graduating year, 1958. I do not know when he retired. Found in The Star:
    April 12, 1961: Dale K. Spencer, assistant to School Superintendent Earl C. Funderburk, eliminated himself as a possible successor to Funderburk, whose resignation was to become effective in July as he prepared to take a job in Fairfax, Va.

  2. On January 24, 2015 at 9:15 pm jonnye flora pierce wrote:

    Dale K, Spencer was principal when I started school in the first grade at Sunset Park Junior high.It was 1-9 grades and then to New Hanover,for High school (NHHS). The irony of this is that Dale K. Spencer was the principal at New Hanover High School when i graduated in 1960.He signed my Diploma Dale K. Spencer was the the finest of the fine. The Board of Education Bldg. is named for him.Wallace I. West followed him.West’s Father was the Editor of the Post Paper, and his brother Charles worked for the Star News Newspaper. J.W. Harrington
    was the Assistant principal at Sunset when Dale K. Spencer was principal. I have a Picture somewhat similar to the post here, and photos of lots of classmates who attended Sunset Park all nine years.with one exception. We attended The Lucille Shuffler Bldg. in the sixth grade.



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