PDL High School Principal Change

Holmes County School Superintendent Steve Griffin has made a change in principals at Ponce De Leon High School.

David Davis, a somewhat controversial figure, is out. There will be a new man in charge at Ponce De Leon High.

Ponce De Leon High's Principle David Davis won’t be returning to his post next school year. Holmes County School Superintendent Steve Griffin recommended his removal during Tuesday's school board meeting.

Board members unanimously approved all of griffin's personnel recommendation. The big question is why.

Davis was the principal who banned Ponce De Leon High School students from wearing clothing that supported gay rights.

Student Heather Gillman sued the school district with the help of the American Civil Liberties Union and won. The school district had to pay the ACLU’s legal costs, which was a negotiated settlement of about $350,000.

Superintendent Griffin refused to talk to us on Wednesday about Davis, or the reasons for his removal, but we found plenty of residents who had an opinion on the situation.

"I think Mr. Davis should have been fired. I'm glad he did."

"I think it was a pretty good idea. When my brother went there he harassed my brother."

"I do believe it's the best things that could have happened at PDL."

Despite the lawsuit racking up an expensive tab on Davis' behalf, many say he accomplished what he was hired for, which was to raise students’ scores. Last year Ponce De Leon went from a C school to just three points away from being an A school, but many people say Davis isn't the only reason for the improvements.

"Those gains can certainly be accredited for what the faculty did here and the students, because you can't make those types of gains unless the students are committed to it," PDL High Principal Buddy Brown said.

Brown was a former principal at Ponce De Leon and is returning to take over Davis' duties. Brown says in addition being committed to raising test scores, his goal is to reunite a school torn apart by the Gillman lawsuit.

"I think here what I need to do is provided leadership, but I think the school should get a slap on the back for doing so well with all the distraction. The past is behind us and I intend to move forward."

Davis was offered an administrative job at the Holmes County School District administrative offices, but he apparently turned it down, choosing to return to the classroom.


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  • by Charlotte Location: Camp Lejuene NC on Aug 25, 2008 at 07:57 PM
    Mr. Davis is a smart man and is very approachable. Mr. Brown will do a goodjob as always too, but things like this make me dread going home. I hate seeing teens pregnant in school and getting out doing nothing with thier lives but live off their parents and stay home. I am appaled that innappropiate clothing in school is allowed and saying the pledge of allegiance isn't. I see where the priorites are. There is no doubt in my mind why kids are so screwed up now. I dread going home to that it is very depressing. If it were up to me, I would send alot of parent to boot camp and learn how to get into their children's lives and not let them run around doing whatever they want, and letting them wear whatever they want. If you are openly gay, its your business thats what the "dont ask" "dont tell" policy is all about. Sounds like a desperate call for attention to me!! Good Luck Mr. Buddy Brown!!
  • by Carroll Location: PDL on Aug 20, 2008 at 06:56 PM
    I support MR DAVIS 100% he was doing his job!!!!!
  • by Susan Location: PDL on Jul 24, 2008 at 08:37 PM
    Our children have the right to be who they are regardless of who opposes.Mr.Davis has no right to judge nor condemn our kids.Mr.Buddy Brown we are so glad you're back.You've definately been missed.
  • by margo Location: pdl on Jul 24, 2008 at 04:48 PM
    i don't agree with the other commentator, hats off to mr. davis he called it for what it is "perversion" and people are tired of it being crammed down our throats as an acceptable lifestyle, even all the animals in the world have better sense.
  • by DD on Jul 24, 2008 at 08:10 AM
    I DONT THINK HE SHOLD BE ALLOWED TO RETURN TO THE CLASSROOM AT ALL HE IS NOT WELCOMED AT ALL IF HE WOULD HAVE LISTENED TO THE STUDENTS AN PARENTS INSTEAD OF COVERING UP THINGS OR THREARING THE STUDENTS OR TELLING PARENTS HOW TO RUN THERE HOUSEHOLD THINGS COULD HAVE BEEN SO MCH BETTER ,MY CONCERN IS NOW WHAT SCHOOL IS HE GOING TO TEACH AT I SURELY HOPE NOT AT PDL WE DONT WONT HIM THERE ES WE ALSO ARE TRYIN TO MOVE PAST THE LAWSIUT BUT IF HE IS THERE THE PROBLEM WILL NOT GO AWAY HE WILL NOT BE FAIR TO THE STUDENTS OR THE KIDS THAT WERE A PART OF THE LAWSUIT .HE HAS A WAY OF MAKING YOU FEEL VERY UNWELCOMED AT THE SCHOOL OUR DROP OUT RATE INCREASED VERY BADLY WHILE HE WAS IN CHARGE O THE SCHOOL HE BULLYED ALOT OF KIDS TILL THEY COULD NOT TAKE NO MORE OF IT .I HOPE THINGS GET BETTER FOR OUR SCHOOL WITH MR. BROWN THERE HE HAS THE SAME IDEAS AS DAVIS AN THINKS THE SAME WAY
  • by Shelby on Jul 24, 2008 at 03:06 AM
    I think we all should look in the Bible and read what it says about men and women, not women and women,or men and men. Mr. Davis is a godley man, I think Mr. Griffin, should have wanted the appearance of the school, to look better, the school board and principal should pass the uniform and we wouldn't have this problem in our schools.
  • by George on Jul 23, 2008 at 03:07 PM
    I'm not a supporter for gays, but I think Davis should be charged w/ a misdemeanor for unlawful violation of persons.
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