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A Tribute to a Special Man

 “Dr. Browning was a COMPETITIVE, COMPASSIONATE and DEMANDING LEADER that I got to learn a lot from in a short amount of time. His footprints and legacy will be felt here at Socastee High School for a long long time. God Bless you, Dr. B,” stated Doug Illing, teacher and former head football coach.

   Dr. Browning, the former principal at Socastee High School, passed away on Aug. 30, 2019. His kind heart and passion to help others will be remembered.

   After 19 years of being the principal, Dr. Browning made a countless number of impacts on the lives of students and faculty. He was always encouraging students to be involved in school activities, while still expanding their knowledge  He created personal connections with as many individual students as possible, and he did everything he could to make sure that each student enjoyed their time in high school.

   The class of 2020 was the last class to work under Dr. Browning. Even with only one year of knowing him, the class still had a special connection with him as a principal. 

   “[Dr. Browning] was more concerned with the input of the faculty and students rather than the bureaucratic administrative aspects of the job,” stated Noah Glasgow, current senior. “He always made sure it was a great day to be a brave.”

   Dr. Browning wanted a great education for more than just the students at Socastee. After his trip to Haiti in 2009, he returned with a desire to help the Haitian children with schooling. He held silent auctions, dinners, gained sponsors and asked that everyone do all that they can to raise money for the cause. 

   “Any time you come in after someone who has been here that long and loved as much as he was, you don't want to tarnish what he has done,” stated Jeremy Rich, current Socastee High School principal, “to see how loved he was by both his former students and community is inspiring.”

   Dr. Browning made sure that each student was enjoying their time in high school. For example, he created a senior picnic as a privilege for seniors at the end of the year, and he supported the fashion shows, which allowed the students to express themselves. In addition to this, he still made sure that each student was doing their best in their academics. He created a 20 minute time period every Wednesday that required students to read a book of their choice.       

   The staff at Socastee saw Dr. Browning as more than just their boss, but also as their friend. Over the course of nearly two decades, he gave some of our greatest teachers their first jobs in education.

   “[Working with Dr. Browning] was awesome. There was never a dull moment, he had a great sense of humor and a way of making us laugh through hard situations,” Cindi Stines, Socastee High School secretary.

    No matter who is asked, no one will have a negative thing to say about Dr. Browning. The impact that he has made on the school and the community will be cherished forever. The family and friends of Browning would like to start a scholarship in his honor, so if you are interested and would like to donate, please contact Mrs.Thompson in the front office. The service will be held for Dr. Browning on Sept. 21 at 2 p.m. in the Socastee High School gymnasium, and all are welcome to attend. 

Written by Kalli Todd, Co-Editor of The Native Voice