By Kevin Eickman
This past Friday, Milford Principal Dr. David Carter was named to the Sussex Central High School Hall of Fame. While his athletic accomplishments played a big part in Dr. Carter being selected for the honor, it was his accomplishments off the field that served as a true indication of his measure.
While attending Central, the seeds of leadership and service were planted in him. While he did not know it at the time, it would be the examples of his coaches and teachers that would serve to foster his commitment to service, that the Milford community enjoys the benefits of. “The coaches at Central taught me that there was always more to do, that I could always do better,” stated Dr. Carter. “Even when I decided that I was going to play football at Delaware State University, they made me aware that the time to get ready was now, while I was still in high school.”
Beginning in his freshman year, Dr. Carter played four consecutive seasons for the Hornets. Excelling on the field as well as in the classroom. Following his playing days, Dr. Carter was faced with a decision. “Of course I wanted to play in the NFL, it would have been awesome,” Dr. Carter said. “But I had to look at it realistically, looking at it from a physical standpoint with regards to longevity and all the other variables, it made more sense for me to use my brains.”
The person that helped him with that life changing decision and has been the guiding life throughout his life was his mother. Dr. Carter gives most of the credit for making him the person he is to her. “My mother taught me so many things, she was the one who always taught me how to better myself,” commented Dr. Carter. “She taught me about believing in the Lord and about treating people as you would like to be treated.”
While still not knowing if a career in education would be where he would wind up, as time passed it began to dawn on him what a positive influence he could have on the lives of others. While he did not start out expecting to be a principal, it was a logical landing place for a man committed to helping others. “I have been blessed with the opportunity to help others, I am lucky to have something where I can share my passion for others and make a difference.” Dr. Carter added “I am able to show others that it doesn’t matter where you start, how poor you are, or whatever material things you have. You can always do better, it’s what I try to do every day and I want to share that with my students.”
Milford is lucky to have an educator like Dr. Carter, he is a credit to the community and beacon to the youths within it. No matter the problem, he is there for his students or even their parents. He is an example of what hard work and dedication can accomplish. Plaques, awards and accolades are all well and good, but they are nothing but milestones on Dr. Carter’s journey. The true measure of this man is all he has done for others, as well as his eagerness to do it in the future.