Chapin, SC (Paul Kirby) The mayor and council of the Town of Chapin presented Dr. Akil Ross, the principal of Chapin High School, with the key to the town at its council meeting on Wednesday, November 15th, 2017. He was accompanied by his wife and children when Mayor Skip Wilson made the presentation in front of the crowd in attendance.
Dr. Ross was recently honored to be selected as the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) 2018 National Principal of the Year. Under Ross’ leadership, Chapin High School was recognized as a South Carolina Palmetto's Finest Award recipient in 2015. He also challenged his faculty to aim for a 100 percent graduation rate. That challenge sparked the analysis of trend data to identify students most at risk of dropping out, then soliciting funding for a “school after school” to extend instructional services for those students. Chapin’s graduation rate went from 82 percent to exceeding 96 percent, with proficiency rates continuing to climb, including a 16-point spike in math proficiency among Black students. Dr. Ross’s mantra for the school is, “We are a thousand passions with one heartbeat,” and he aims to foster an environment where students can be challenged while pursuing their own interests.
In presenting the key, the mayor said that, “We are so happy for this gentleman right here and his family. We love you with all of our heart!” In response to the presentation, Ross thanked the mayor and council as well as those in attendance for the honor.