Throughout the race for Mobile mayor, you often heard candidate, (now Mayor-Elect) Sandy Stimpson, talk about a small private school in Prichard. It's called Prichard Preparatory. It's a school he helped found back in 2008. It is one of Prichard's only private schools. Tuition is about $800 per month, but most students pay $200, thanks to benefactors such as Stimpson and others in the community.
Principal Angie Hannah told News Five "Prichard Prep is Sandy Stimpson." She says he makes regular visits to the school to spend time with students. "When he comes in the door, we have to tell students, don't get out of your seat. They jump on him and bombard him. He is fantastic with the students." Stimpson adds, "Seeing in their eyes their appreciation and what they are achieving, it's infectious. It's a spiritual thing that I have been led to do this." Stimpson says he was led to Prichard Prep years ago, because of the desire to give students in one of Mobile County's poorest cities, unique learning opportunities. Most classes only have sixteen students. Total enrollment is 120 students. When Stimpson got on board in 2008, there were only 14 students. Now, the word is out, and students have to be turned away.
Student, Tenille Smith, loves the environment at Prichard Prep. She says, "My mom said 'do you want to go to another school' and I said no! This is my favorite school. No this is a second home to me."
Stimpson knows his new job as mayor will be all-encompassing, but he plans to continue to walk the halls at Prichard Prep. He says, "I may resign from everything I am involved with, but I am not going to resign from here."