Fauquier County Public Schools

News Release
April 9, 2013
Karen Parkinson, Coordinator of Information Phone (540) 422-7031 kparkinson@fcps1.org

Dr. Sandra Mitchell, acting superintendent of Fauquier County Public Schools, announced today that the Fauquier County School Board has approved Clarence (Tripp) Burton III as principal of Fauquier High School effective July 1 upon the retirement of longtime FHS Principal Roger Sites. Mr. Burton, 40, has been an assistant principal at Kettle Run High School since the school opened in 2008. Prior to coming to Fauquier County, Mr. Burton, who goes by  the  nickname  “Tripp,”  worked in Loudoun County as the eighth-grade dean at J.L. Simpson Middle School for four years. In 2006 he served as a high school summer school principal in Loudoun County where he supervised a 1300-student school with a staff of 82. Before moving into administration, he taught social studies for two years at Loudoun  County’s  alternative  school,  The  Douglass  School , and for five years in both Prince William and Stafford Counties. In addition to his teaching duties, Mr. Burton coached all levels of  boys’  high  school  basketball  for  various  schools,  as  well  as  freshmen  girls’  basketball. He expressed enthusiasm at the news of his selection as FHS principal. “I am truly humbled and excited to be the new principal at Fauquier High School. I cannot wait to meet the students, parents and educators that have made and continue to make Fauquier High School the special place that it is ,” he said. Mr. Burton has  a  bachelor’s  in  political  science  from James Madison University and a master’s  in  educational  leadership  from  George  Mason  University. He comes from a family of educators, a fact that profoundly influenced his decision to pursue a career in education. “Coming  from  a  family  of  educators  allowed  me  to  see  the  benefits  of  a  career  in   education,”  he  said.  “I wanted the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of children. Also, my teachers and coaches were the people that as a student  I  liked  to  be  around.” Further, the field of education appealed to Mr. Burton, he said, because  “every  day  is  a  new  adventure.”   The newly named principal said that his biggest challenge as principal of the venerable Fauquier High School will be to  “uphold  the  tradition  of  excellence  that  Fauquier  High  School  has   established over the last 50 years.” Mr. Burton lives with his family in Culpeper. He enjoys exercise, watching college football and surfing the Internet.