Longtime ABSS teacher, local principal heading to EAHS

Eastern Alamance High School has hired Eric Yarbrough as its new principal. Yarbrough is replacing Dr. Diane Hill, who retired from Eastern High at the conclusion of the 2018-19 academic year. Yarbrough is familiar with Mebane after serving seven years at Hawfields Middle School, as well as assistant principal at Woodlawn Middle School. In 2018, Yarbrough was named Orange County Principal of the Year. Yarbrough began his teaching career in the Alamance-Burlington School System before becoming a middle school assistant principal. He served as an assistant principal at Hillsborough’s Cedar Ridge High School and principal of Efland’s Gravelly Hill Middle before becoming principal of Orange High.

Eastern Alamance High School has found its new leader. And he’s no stranger to the Eagles, or the Alamance-Burlington School System. EAHS has tabbed Eric Yarbrough, a longtime educator in Alamance and Orange Counties, to return to Mebane and lead the Eagles in the coming years. 

Yarbrough, whose appointment as Eastern High principal was announced at the ABSS June 18 meeting, is a former ABSS teacher at Hawfields Middle School, along with an assistant principal at Woodlawn Middle School. Yarbrough served seven years as a math teacher at Hawfields Middle before becoming an assistant principal at Woodlawn.

Yarbrough eventually moved on to the Orange County School system, serving as an assistant principal at Efland’s Gravelly Hill Middle School and Hillsborough’s Cedar Ridge High School before moving across town and becoming the principal at Orange High School. Yarbrough was named Principal of the Year within the Orange County Schools system for the 2017-18 school year. 

“Any time you get an award like this, it’s not just because of what you’ve done. It’s because of what a lot of people have done,” Yarbrough told Charlotte Wray of the News of Orange following his 2018 Principal of the Year recognition. 

During his time at Orange High School, teacher working condition surveys indicated high workplace satisfaction, while the Panthers improved schoolwide in terms of standardized test scores, graduation rates, and enrollment in Advanced Placement (AP) courses.

“It makes you feel like people enjoy coming to work, which makes a difference,” Yarbrough said. “When teachers enjoy coming to work, students enjoy coming to school, and it just creates a good community.”

Yarbrough also earned Orange County Principal of the Year honors during the 2014-15 school year, during his time at Gravelly Hill. 

“He (Yarbrough) is an incredible leader, and has a relentless work ethic and fervor for kids,” Orange County Schools Superintendent Dr. Todd Wirt told the News of Orange. “As good of a principal as he is, he’s an even better husband, father, and man.” 

On Tuesday evening, Yarbrough hosts a meet-and-greet inside the Eastern High School auditorium, where the new Eagles principal gets a chance to discuss his new role with students, parents, and fellow Eastern High administrators.