Drake appointed to positions at Aberdeen High School

West Point native Sherrell Drake was appointed athletic director and assistant principal for Aberdeen High School. (Courtesy photo)
By: 
DONNA SUMMERALL
Staff Writer

Sherrell Drake is well known and respected in West Point.

She is a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, President of the National Pan-Hellenic Council, on the Board of the the Boys and Girls Club, and on the Board of the West Point Housing Authority, to name a few. She has recently been appointed as Athletic Director and Assistant Principal for Aberdeen High School.

"My new appointment as athletic director for Aberdeen High School and assistant principal, is very exciting," Drake said. "I was one of 14 applicants and was approved in November. There are very few women if any in the state of Mississippi who are serving as high school athletic directors."

Drake will continue to serve on the boards of various services in the community, work with her sorority on community service projects and continue to be active at Northside Christian Church.
"We brought in Historically Black Colleges and Universities to Northside last March," Drake said. "We gave students in surrounding counties the opportunity to talk to those knowledgable about HBCU. We had a great turnout."

She said they are in the planning stages to offer it again. They had four students from Aberdeen to attend. She has plans to expand outreach in Monroe County for the next education fair.
"I have a great support system to lift me up," Drake said. "My husband is wonderful with our two sons. They are both in the West Point Consolidated School System. They were very supportive of me when I applied for the positions with Aberdeen High School. "

Drake will start in her new position after Christmas break.

"I think this will be a good fit for me," Drake said. "I believe you serve God by serving people. I do that in Clay and Lowndes counties now and will branch out to doing service in Aberdeen."

Drake's husband was originally from Aberdeen and the couple lived there for eight years after being married.

"I'm very familiar with Aberdeen," Drake said. "It is smaller than West Point. Aberdeen High School is 3A. They have 10 or 11 sports programs already. I would like to introduce more. I think archery would be well received. I hope to bring the same resources to Aberdeen High that we enjoy here and in Columbus."

Drake said she is proud to be from a district of champions, and hopes to see the Aberdeen athletic program thrive under her direction.

"I know I can count on the support of Coach Chris Chambless," Drake said. "He is a blessing to our school district. And he is an awesome resource."

Drake has plans to expand expectations and offer opportunities to the students at Aberdeen High School.

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