MONROE, La. (KNOE) - There’s a new top dog at Carroll High School. On Saturday, the school celebrated its new principal, Dr. Eric Davis, with a homecoming party, tailgate and pep rally.
Dr. Eric Davis comes back to his alma mater as its newest principal. /Source: KNOE
From current students to alumni even as far back as the class of 1977, Bulldog Nation came out to support the school’s new leader.
Davis says it’s good to be back at the helm of his alma mater.
"It's great to be back home,” Davis says. “It's one of those things where you had this as a dream. I thought that dream had died, but it revived."
Davis graduated from Carroll in 1992 and returned years later as a business teacher and basketball coach. He eventually became the principal at Wossman High School, but said the timing worked out perfectly for him to come home.
"It was just a couple words - 'when are you going to come back'" Davis said. "I've been asked that question many times, and I've always said I'm fine where I am. We were doing a great thing over at Wossman, but this time was different."
As Davis settles in, he hopes to have the same success he had leading the Wildcats. Specifically, he wants to return Carroll to being an “A” rated school.
"It can happen," Davis said. "I've been a part of it. I know what success looks like, and that's what we want to do."
He's also shooting to get Carroll's name back on the map.
"Carroll High School, it beams with pride," he said. "When you speak the name, everybody understood exactly what it was. So, we've lost that identity. I'm charged with bringing that identity back."
Davis says the best way to do it is to get the kids excited about coming to school, and that excitement starts with him.
"If kids get excited about coming to school, they're going to come and do the work and do what they need to do in school," Davis said. "Just watch. Watch and see. This place is going to be special again. Just watch and see."