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New principal prepares to take over at Beaufort High

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BEAUFORT CO., SC (WTOC) -

After a lot of turmoil earlier this school year, a new principal will soon be taking the reins at Beaufort High School. Long-time Principal Dan Durbin recently resigned after admitting to changing more than 200 grades for 33 students.

With just two weeks before taking over as Beaufort High School's new leader, Corey Murphy, spent the day getting to know his way around the school and talking with teachers and students.

"It's an awesome opportunity," said Murphy. "I know the tradition down here and I understand the school's excellence and it's a great school. I understand they had a difficult last year but I'm ready to come in and stabilize things and move forward."

For the past five years, Murphy has served as the principal at Great Falls High School in Chester County, where Beaufort County District officials say the school's on-time graduation rate improved by nine percent. Although it was a much smaller school, Murphy has a wide range of experience.

"I began my education career at Eau Claire High School in Columbia, South Carolina," said Murphy. "I taught there for two years. I went from there to DJJ, taught behind the fence, chemistry and science to students who were incarcerated in the state. Then, from there, I was appointed assisted principal at Camden and was there for four years."

Murphy is also a U.S. Army Reserve Captain and recently returned home from a 15 month deployment to Afghanistan.

Charles Holbrook served on the committee that recommended Murphy for the job and says with his background, he's a great fit.

"I think he'll provide leadership in this transition period," said Holbrook. "I think that's what we're looking for here, students and faculty, we're looking for leadership and I think he has those qualities."

Murphy says he's excited for the challenge and ready to move this school forward.

 "I believe in doing what works so I want to spend about a year and figure out what we're doing right, what things we need to keep and then we'll organize and re-evaluate anything that may not be as successful. I don't foresee huge or major changes. This is more of a fine tuning because this is already a great school," said Murphy.

Murphy officially takes over as principal on June 18. He says this summer he plans on focusing on staff development. He also plans on meeting with his leadership team and making sure that when the teachers come back from break, they'll be ready for the students.

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