• Jonathan Perry, a North Carolina native whose parents made Georgia home, is a Cum Laude graduate of North Carolina Central University in 2005.  Mr. Perry graduated with a master’s degree in Executive Leadership in 2014.   

    After leaving the Durham County Sheriff’s department in 1997, he began coaching football, basketball, and track at Riverside High School while working as a paraprofessional.  He began his teaching career at Jordan High School in Durham, NC.  After several years with the Durham County School System, he transferred in 2009 to his home town of Fayetteville, NC to teach and coach at E.E. Smith High School in the Cumberland County School System where he taught until 2013.  During his time at E.E. Smith High School, Coach Perry served as the school’s Dean of Discipline.  In 2013, while working towards his master’s degree, he taught at New Hanover High School in Wilmington, NC, where he also served as Special Education Department Chair.  When he is not working as the HHS Graduation Coach, he’s a husband of 20 years and the father of 3 sons, two of which attend Hampton High School.