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Sterling D. DuPont

1994 Honoree - Education


For over 38 years, Sterling D. DuPont held a variety of positions in the realm of education. He received a bachelor's degree in Political Science from Florida A&M University, a Master's degree in Administration and Supervision from Florida Atlantic University, and completed additional graduate work at Nova University in Fort Lauderdale. DuPont held positions ranging from an elementary teacher, a middle school teacher, coach, middle school assistant principal, high school assistant principal, assistant to the area superintendent, middle school principal, resident principal for the state of Florida, educational consultant and District School Superintendent of Gadsden County, Florida.

After relocating to Fort Lauderdale, he became a middle school Social Studies teacher. For the next 28, years he served in a variety of positions for the Broward County School District. DuPont was appointed principal of one of the lowest performing middle schools (Rogers Middle) in Broward County. After three years of his leadership, the school began to receive recognition for its improvement efforts. It won several state and national recognition awards, including the National School of Excellence Award and the National Blue Ribbon School Award. For his hard work, DuPont received the Commissioner's Outstanding Leadership Award and the African American Educational Achievement Award.

In his role as Resident Principal for the Department of Education (DOE), DuPont was able to give his perspective as a principal to the Commissioner of Education. Serving as the liaison between school districts and the DOE, he created newsletters, represented the Commissioner, facilitated state meetings, conducted workshops, and acted as the link between principals' professional organizations, superintendents, and the DOE staff. He founded DuPont Educational Services Incorporated in 1997.

In 2000, DuPont was elected Superintendent of Gadsden County Schools where he used his leadership ability to improve the school system and give the students a brighter future. Even in retirement, Sterling DuPont continues to serve his community by volunteering and serving on numerous boards and committees.


African-American Achievers