“A remarkable journey.”

That’s how Evanston Township High School superintendent Eric Witherspoon described his tenure as the head of School District 202.

In his final “Superintendent’s Spotlight” video message on Wednesday, Witherspoon said he “truly had the joy” of working with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and school board members over the past 16 years.

Witherspoon’s retirement takes effect at the end of this month. He will be replaced by long-time ETHS principal Marcus Campbell.

The soon-to-be-retired leader said ETHS has “faced challenges head-on,” and said he also “celebrates the future of this school and this community.”

Witherspoon said he plans to remain in the community, and be an active member of it at that.

“ETHS,” he added, “will continue to get stronger,” as a school with “positive energy and high aspirations,” a school which is a “place of belonging.”

“I’ve looked into your eyes,” Witherspoon said, “and listened to your stories. I’ve felt your passion.”

And speaking of passion for education and for ETHS, you know Witherspoon had to close his final spotlight with this:

“I look forward to waking up every day … and saying to myself, it’s a great day to be a Wildkit.”

Jeff Hirsh joined the Evanston Now reporting team in 2020 after a 40-year award-winning career as a broadcast journalist in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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