Pat Draughn, Principal

Mr. Draughn graduated from East Burke High in 1981.  He attended Appalachian State, majoring in History and minoring in Military Science.  He received Master’s Degree from Gardner-Webb University in School Administration.  He taught High School History for 20 years, and has served in administration for the last eight years. Mr. Draughn coached football, wrestling, swimming, and soccer during his years of teaching.  He served as Athletic Director during the first four years at DHS.  

Fun Facts: Mr. Draughn held the following part time jobs:  Public Works- Town of Valdese, Dishwasher- Sagebrush Steak house, Painter, Security Guard, Volunteer Fireman, National Guardsman, Cashier at Convenience store.  He learned something from every one of them.


Mrs. Moore has been with Burke County Public Schools for 15 years. During that time she has been a classroom teacher, instructional coach, and has also worked as an assistant principal at Liberty Middle School. Mrs. Moore received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, a Master of Arts in Middle School Education and licensure in School Administration all through Gardner-Webb University. She resides in Burke County, with her husband, Chad, and two children, Kristen and Garrett. She is honored to be a part of the Wildcat family and looks forward to working with students, staff and the community.

 Lew Coates, Assistant Principal

Mr. Coates has earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Clarkson University, a Master of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Alfred University, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Nichols College. After a 20 year career in the private sector in a variety of engineering and manufacturing executive positions, he taught high school mathematics at Freedom High School for eight years before joining the Draughn High School Administration team as Assistant Principal in 2013. 

Fun Facts: Mr. Coates is a motorcycle enthusiast and enjoys sports of all types. He admits to having "jumped out of a perfectly good airplane" (a.k.a. skydiving)  and likes the sense of adventure such activities provide.

Jay Murray, Athletic Director