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New Williamsport assistant principal hit the ground running

August 10, 2010|By ANDREW SCHOTZ
  • Daryl Hunsberger is a new assistant principal at Williamsport High School.
Kevin G. Gilbert, Staff Photographer

Daryl Hunsberger has started his latest run as a school administrator.

On July 1, he became an assistant principal at Williamsport High School.

Hunsberger, a former Shippensburg University running star, calls himself "goal-driven" and said he's looking forward to forging educational relationships in his new job.

He comes to Williamsport after about four years as an assistant principal at South Hagerstown High School.

Before that, he taught for about six years at E. Russell Hicks Middle School and about five years at Clear Spring Middle School. He also spent a year as an assistant principal intern at Washington County Technical High School.

Hunsberger said he knows Williamsport High as a school with great pride and spirit -- and, of course, for its running program.

Hunsberger, 41, of Mercersburg, Pa., set several running records at Shippensburg. He was a second-team All-American in 1990.

He said principles of competitive running translate well to academics -- dedication, discipline and hard work.

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"I like the ability to change kids' lives," Hunsberger said. "It's another avenue of coaching."

He coached for 16 years at James Buchanan High School in Mercersburg.

He followed in the footsteps of his father, Harold Hunsberger, who coached for about 48 years.

Now, father and son serve together on the Tuscarora School Board.

Daryl Hunsberger said being on the board adds a helpful perspective, working to see projects through and making sure they're properly funded.

A liaison to the athletic department in Williamsport, Hunsberger is keeping an eye on work on the new gym floor and the new track that's being installed.

Hunsberger said there are other exciting things going on at Williamsport High, such as Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID), a program to increase the number of students who might go to college.

Shortly after starting his new position, Hunsberger attended a summer program on AVID in Chicago.

He also has been helping with Williamsport's Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program and other curriculum items.

After getting to know Principal Henry Bohlander and Sabrina McCoy, the school's other assistant principal, Hunsberger is introducing himself to students, such as those at the school for summer conditioning programs.

He said he wants to be approachable and draw on his coaching experience to motivate and inspire.

"I don't ever feel like I'm wasting my breath when talking about education to a kid," he said.

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