Witherspoon set to retire at end of school year


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On Sept. 13, Superintendent Eric Witherspoon announced his retirement at the end of the 2021-2022 school year. 

Witherspoon has served as the District 202 Superintendent since 2006 and has served as a superintendent at large for over 30 years, primarily in Indiana and Iowa. Prior to his career as a superintendent, Witherspoon served as a high school English teacher, assistant principal, acting principal, and assistant superintendent.  

Throughout his time at ETHS, Witherspoon has committed ETHS to a mission of anti-racism, equity and inclusion for all students and staff. Additionally, Witherspoon has helped propel ETHS to a higher level of academic achievement, leading administrators and staff with grace throughout his career.

“ETHS and the Evanston community have been so fortunate to have Dr. Witherspoon as our superintendent for the past 16 years,” Pat Savage-Williams, president of the ETHS District 202 Board, said. “His leadership, his compassion, and his positive impact on ETHS have set the tone for this amazing school district. It has been an honor for the Board of Education to work alongside Dr. Witherspoon. He is incredibly dedicated to our students, staff, and community.”

For the duration of Witherspoon’s career, he has also fostered a student-centered space that strives to reimagine schooling in a way that is more transparent and beneficial for student growth. Witherspoon’s emphasis on community can be seen in the way he frequently stands in the hallways or visits common areas, waving and conversing with students. 

Additionally, so far this year, Witherspoon has already led the administration to countless changes that aim to rehumanize ETHS as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. Witherspoon will continue to guide ETHS in their response to the COVID-19 pandemic for the remainder of the school year. 

While Witherspoon’s time at Evanston Township High School may be coming to an end, his impact will continue to be felt for years to come.

This is a developing story. The Evanstonian will continue to follow Superintendent Withesrpoon’s retirement, potential replacements, and any other relevant changes to the ETHS administration.