Steed named to hall of fame

Published 8:48 am Thursday, August 4, 2016

Bill Steed, who had a long career as Superintendent of Davie County Schools, is headed into the NCHSAA Hall of Fame Class of 2016.

The North Carolina High School Athletic Association announced eight members for the class of ‘16. The class will be the 30th honored by the NCHSAA when they are inducted at a ceremony on April 9. The other honorees: Burlington’s Donnie Davis, Durham’s Herb Goins, North Mecklenburg’s Leroy Holden, Ayden-Grifton’s Robert “Bob” Murphrey, McDowell’s Mike Silver, Freedom’s Ralph “Jug” Wilson and Stoneville’s Marty (Pridgen) Woods.

The class brings the total number enshrined in the hall of fame to 180 members.

Dr. William “Bill” Steed of Advance served as an administrator in public education for 43 years.

After graduating from East Carolina University, Steed began his career as a social studies teacher with Moore County Schools. Little did he know that his decision to do so would lead to a 43-year career in public education that would see him serve as an assistant principal, principal, superintendent, an NCHSAA Board of Directors member, and as a Charter Member of the North Carolina Association of School Administrators. He is one of a select few individuals who have served as NCHSAA Board of Directors President on two occasions.

Steed grew up in Robbins where he played eight-man football at Elise High School and was selected to the Raleigh News and Observer’s annual All-East 8-Man Football Team in 1962. He spent 20 years as a Superintendent in several districts, 14 of those with Davie County Schools. While at Davie County, he served on the NCHSAA Board of Directors as well as the chairman of Visiting Committees for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools on six occasions. He and his wife Marie have three adult daughters.