WARRICK COUNTY, Ind. (WEHT) — Castle Country is mourning the loss of an influential school educator. Former Castle High School Principal Cecil Raymond passed away over the weekend. Raymond came from a family of educators, leaving behind his wife Patrice and their three daughters. Raymond served as a school leader at Castle High School for three decades and although he will never again walk the halls of Castle High, his legacy remains.
The halls of Castle High School are quiet, as the community mourns the loss of a prominent leader.
“Cecil just exemplified the traits of an outstanding leader,” said Castle North Middle School Principal John Bertram.
Former Castle High School Principal Cecil Raymond was 76 years old when he passed away from a sudden illness on Saturday. He had served as an educator for thirty years.
“I was a fairly young principal at the time so to be able to spend time with him and pick his brain and get his thoughts on how to run a building effectively and efficiently was a real plus for me,” said Warrick County School Corp. Superintendent Brad Schneider.
Raymond first became a Castle night in 1975 when he served as an assistant principal. In 1987, he became principal, forever leaving his mark on Paradise and Newburgh.
“The three years I was able to spend with him were three of the most beneficial years in learning about education, about management, about leadership and about life,” said Bertram.
Educators say Raymond had a unique way of demanding respect, but making everyone feel like a friend.
“He really lived by the code that he demanded of others. He had high expectations of everyone around him. He was very fair and he evoked just extreme confidence in the students and the teachers. Anything that was castle high school he wanted to excel,” said Bertram.
While his job centered around Castle High School, his legacy will live on in the hearts of many in the community.
“The entire castle family and community greatly respects and admires what Mr. Raymond brought to Castle High School. I always said he bled the blue and gold like none other,” said Schneider.
Raymond’s funeral service will be held at the Newburgh United Methodist Church at 11 a.m. Thursday, August 29.
(This story was originally published on August 26, 2019)