Brantley in Hall of Fame

Published 12:00 am Friday, June 7, 2013

Andalusia’s David Brantley, headmaster at Fort Dale Academy for the past 17 years, was recently recognized as one of 13 individuals to join the Alabama Independent School Association (AISA) Hall of Fame.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by the AISA, and it’s been an honor to work at this school for the past 17 years,” Brantley said.

“Each and every day has been a blessing to me. It’s a good place, filled with good people — students, parents and teachers — and it’s just been my pleasure and a privilege to be a part of it.”

Despite a storied career in school administration, Brantley’s early involvement with athletics almost led him into the world of coaching.

Brantley said that it was because of two early role models — his high school coach and principal — that he developed an appreciation of working with young people.

Although society has changed in his 35 years of working with children, his philosophy at FDA remains unchanged.

“We have attempted to provide an environment where the children can be successful, and also where they can enjoy their time in school,” Brantley said. “What we would like to do at the end of the school year is for a student to be able to look back and say, ‘I’ve accomplished, and I’ve enjoyed my school year.’”

Although Brantley said that he considered it an honor to be counted in such company as the other AISA inductees, the accomplishment was more a testament to the work of many.

“I think it’s a compliment to our school, and to our board, faculty, parents and students,” Brantley added.

“It shows that we are a family that has been able to work together and have continuity. We all can share in this.”