At the beginning of the school year many of the returning West students walked into West High welcomed by an unfamiliar face. Terry Davenport joined the school faculty this year as the new Student Safety Coordinator. Davenport is originally from Murfreesboro, TN but has lived in Morristown for over 33 years, “This is my Home” Davenport says. Davenport graduated from Murfreesboro Oakland High in 1981 and then received his bachelors in History at Middle Tennessee State University in 1987. He enjoys doing in his spare time Davenport stated, “I enjoy all things outdoors including hiking and kayaking.” Not only does Davenport enjoy the outdoors, he also enjoys spending quality time with his family, especially his granddaughter, Sutton, who was born over the summer. His children, Natalie, Allyson, and Lance are all graduates from West High. Davenport’s wife, Shannon, and is a part of the East High staff, being the Assistant Cafeteria Manager there, As Davenport proclaimed when joining west, “I want to serve on a winning team and helping students become champions here at West is the best place to be!”
Davenport is an enthusiast when it comes to education. He believes that “lifelong learning is key to a happy life.” Some of his favorite quotes are by Coach Lou Holtz and it states “Read 15 minutes every day of a positive, motivating and uplifting book. Leaders are readers. You are the same person today… that you will be in five years except for the people you meet and the books you read.” Davenport’s friendly personality comes from the influence of his mother who taught Davenport to work hard, have a great attitude, and never give up.
West is Proud to call Davenport an official member of the Trojan Nation. With Davenport West gained a welcoming, positive light that not only cares about the safety of the children inside the school but he also cares about the reputation of West. Day by day Davenport gives a kind smile to the students that enter west further making the Trojan Nation what it always has been: a family.