HILTON HEAD PREPARATORY SCHOOL
By Barry Kaufman | Photo by Ritterbeck Photography
Since first opening its doors in 1965 as Sea Pines Academy, Hilton Head Preparatory School has been on the vanguard of education. Today, Hilton Head Prep begins a new chapter in its decades-long legacy of excellence, welcoming a pair of leading men who are ready to lead the school into the future.
New Head of School, Paul Horgan, has been working in independent schools for the past 28 years at both the upper school and college counseling level and as a coach. Making his way to Hilton Head Island for the first time when the opportunity presented itself at Prep, he was immediately taken by the strength of the community and the potential for even greater success.
“There is a collective ambition here among faculty and students to do great things,” he said. “I want this to not only be a place where kids work hard, but also a joyful place where they have fun coming to school every day. We will continue to strive to be the preeminent college prep school in this part of the country and a center of excellence for Hilton Head Island.”
Joining Hilton Head Prep at the same time, Cleteus Smith will serve as head of the lower and middle schools. A 24-year veteran educator, Smith has taught everything from pre-school to graduate school, spending the last 14 years leading the lower school at Norfolk Collegiate.
“I’m a big fan of active instruction. I want to provide active instruction that’s going to allow students to create their own knowledge,” said Smith. “You can feel an invigorating energy around the campus as we start the new year.”
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