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FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. – Richard Gill, a former Perry Central counselor, retired Sept. 1 after 30 years in public school education.
The educational leader was recently the principal of West Forsyth High School in Forsyth County, a school that he started in 2007.
Prior to his tenure at West Forsyth, Gill served as principal at South Forsyth High School from 2001-06, where he began the scholastic institution’s international baccalaureate program.
In 2006, South Forsyth was ranked 375th on News-week Magazine’s List of America’s Best Schools while West Forsyth achieved a position on the same list – now compiled by the Washington Post – at 927 in 2011.
In addition to the school honors, Gill achieved acclaim in athletics as Region 8-AA Athletic Director of the year in 1994.
While principal, Gill also was selected three times as a region president in the various classifications in which his schools participated in athletic competition.
Gill graduated from Montezuma High School in 1968 and earned his bachelor of science degree from Indiana State University in 1972.
He later earned a master of science degree from Iowa State University in 1976 before attaining certification in educational leadership from Georgia State University in 1996.
Gill began the K-8 counseling program at Perry Central in 1980-83 and served under the administration of Superintendent John Kerekes.
In addition, Gill was involved as an assistant boys basketball coach and as an assistant girls track and field coach.
He is married to the former Terri Werner of Tell City.