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Mill Creek Football Field Named in Honor of Retiring Principal Dr. Jim Markham

Hawks will now play on Markham Field.

From now on, when Mill Creek teams take to the field, they will be reminded of the man who led through its early years -- an educator with more than four decades of experience.

In a surprise pre-game ceremony on Friday, Aug. 31, the football field at Mill Creek Community Stadium was named Markham Field in honor of . Markham is currently battling a recurrence of cancer and is retiring in order to pursue treatment.

Prior to the kickoff of the Mill Creek versus Dacula game, Markham was presented with a letterman jacket and a plaque to commemorate the field naming.

Dr. Markham has been principal of Mill Creek since its opening in 2004. He served as principal of Berkmar High School from 1994-2004 and was a teacher and assistant principal at Parkview High School from 1991-1993.

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Ed Varn August 31, 2012 at 11:29 PM
That is freaking awesome. Couldn't have happened to a better man, either. Now, they better beat those Falcons!
Kristi Reed (Editor) August 31, 2012 at 11:30 PM
I thought it was a great thing for them to do. They couldn't have picked a better person to honor.
Linda Tirocke September 01, 2012 at 02:06 AM
Wow! What a well deserved honor! We wish him the very best as he continues his treatment.
Noel Michel September 01, 2012 at 02:17 AM
Markham was such an amazing principal, sad to see him go! He'll definitely be in my thoughts and prayers as he undergoes treatment!
Ed Varn September 01, 2012 at 02:22 AM
And the team did their part, continuing the ownage of Dacula 35-0!
Tommy Hunter September 01, 2012 at 03:26 AM
The Falcons offered only token resistance. Good game from the home stands!
Aimee Hendrickson September 01, 2012 at 04:01 PM
..those aren't Mill Creek marching band kids in that picture... i spy Dacula band
Kristi Reed (Editor) September 01, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Hi Aimee - We appreciate readers uploading photos of the ceremony as well as of the game including both the Mill Creek and Dacula team, bands and fans.
Jimmy Orr September 01, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Although the Mill Creek football Hawks executed a flawless game plan to perfection, once the game got underway, the game in itself paled in comparison to the brief pre-game ceremonies to honor a great man, educator, and leader by officially naming the Mill Creek football Field "Markham Field" as a lasting tribute to Dr. Jim Markham. As I watched the game between Mill Creek and Dacula I could not help but observe all of the Mill Creek students who were present at the game thinking that no matter what their level of participation was on this Friday evening, August 31, 2012, that perhaps one evening in the future many of these students, now grown, will sit in this same stadium, observe the sign beneath the scoreboard which reads: "Welcome to Markham Field," and reflect back on the indelible impact Dr. Markham made in their lives.

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