A Community Says Thanks

Whale Branch Early College High School’s athletic complex has been dedicated in the name of Earl Campbell, the veteran Board of Education member who was a key leader in building support for the construction of the new school that graduated its first class of seniors last spring.

A Beaufort County native, Campbell began his education in a one-room schoolhouse on Hilton Head Island.  Drafted into the Army at the age of 18, he served two tours in Vietnam as a combat medic and earned, among other honors, a Bronze star and a Combat Medical Badge.  After retiring from the Army with 20 years of service, Campbell returned to Beaufort with his wife and family and earned associate’s degrees in Business and Criminal Justice.  He then began a second career at the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.

To support the education of his and the community’s children, he joined the School Improvement Council at Mossy Oaks Elementary School and the PTOs at both Beaufort and Robert Smalls junior high schools.  Campbell was elected to the Beaufort County School Board in 1990 and has served continuously since that time.