About Our School
Vision: Empowering, motivating and challenging students to become responsible citizens in the 21st century. E=mc21st
Mission: Learn, Achieve, Succeed
School Colors: Black and Gold
School Mascot: Warrior Bear
School Named in honor of: LTC Don C. Faith
Information about LTC Don C. Faith :
Don C. Faith, Jr., was born at Washington, Indiana on August 26th, 1918. As an Army child, the days of his youth were spent in a variety of locations in the United States and abroad. He lived with his family at Fort Benning from 1932 to 1935 and attended school in Columbus, Georgia during those years. He graduated from high school at Fort Thomas, Kentucky, and went on to Georgetown University in Washington for Foreign Service training.
His ambition to attend the United States Military Academy was thwarted by a dental disqualification, and following the passage of the Selective Service Act, his local draft board turned him down for the same reason. He appealed the decision of the board, won the appeal, and was accepted for enlistment in the Army on June 25th, 1941. He returned to Fort Benning as on Officer Candidate and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant of Infantry on February 26th, 1942 .
He was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division, first as aide to then Brigadier General Matthew B. Ridgeway, later as a staff officer. He took part in all of the combat jumps made by the division in World War II, and won successive promotions to the grade of Lieutenant Colonel. He was twice awarded the Bronze Star Medal.
Following World War II, Lieutenant Colonel Faith was assigned to the military mission in China. When the mission was withdrawn, he became a battalion commander in the 7th Infantry Division in Japan .
With the outbreak of hostilities in Korea, he entered into action with the 7th Division, earned a Silver Star for gallantry in action, and met his death in the fierce fighting around the Chosin Reservoir at the end of November 1950. For the valiant conduct and selfless devotion displayed during five days of bitter fighting, Lieutenant Colonel Don C. Faith, Jr., was posthumously awarded that incomparable symbol of a nation's gratitude, the Medal of Honor, which read in part, --"Throughout the five days of action, Colonel Faith gave no thought to his safety and did not spare himself. His presence each time in the position of greatest danger was an inspiration to his men. Also, the damage he personally inflicted firing from his position at the head of his men was of material assistance on several occasions. Colonel Faith's outstanding gallantry and noble self-sacrifice, above and beyond the call of duty, reflect the highest honor on him and are in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Army."
Reprinted from "The School Dedication" 15 September 1952