By TRISH RUDDER
10:11 PM EDT, August 20, 2012
Monday was the start of Trent Sherman’s first full year as Martinsburg High School principal, but he is a well-known figure throughout the school.
Sherman, 37, was an assistant principal for the last four years at Martinsburg High and before that taught history and coached football there.
Born and raised in Hardy County, W.Va., Sherman got an undergraduate degree in history from West Virginia’s Glenville State College and was planning to attend law school.
Instead, he came to Martinsburg High School and worked as an assistant football coach.
After additional studies at Salem International University in Salem, W.Va., Sherman earned his teaching credentials, and found his way back to Martinsburg to teach history and to coach.
He said he learned the importance of building a good relationship between a coach and a player, and as principal, Sherman will use this opportunity to build good relationships with the high school students.
“It’s all about interaction with students,” he said.
Martinsburg High School has about 1,775 students, a staff of 155 and about 15 new teachers this year, he said.
His job includes conveying the school’s mission that Martinsburg High School works collaboratively with faculty, parents, students and community members, he said.
As principal, Sherman won’t coach football at the school anymore, he said, but “coaching my son’s Little League (team) takes care of my coaching needs.”
Monday was the first day of school in both Berkeley and Morgan counties.
Berkeley County has 30 schools that opened without problems, Schools Superintendent Manny Arvon said.
“We had a great opening day,” he said.
After Monday night’s school board meeting, Arvon lauded Martinsburg police officers for their rapid response to reports of a man spotted carrying a training rifle and dressed in camouflage and body armor near the campuses of Martinsburg South Middle School and Martinsburg High School.
Arvon said the man was never on school property.
He said more than 18,000 students are enrolled this year.
Opening day for about 2,700 students in the eight schools in Morgan County went smoothly, Assistant Schools Superintendent, Joan Willard said.
“It was a good day,” she said.
Jefferson County (W.Va.) Schools open Wednesday.
Staff writer Matthew Umstead contributed to this story.
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