Shane Gardner, Principal

It is my honor and privilege to return to Draughn High School as your principal.  I served as the assistant principal here during the 2012-2013 school year before serving as assistant principal at Patton High School, Freedom High School and as the principal of Salem Elementary School.  Prior to entering school administration I was the county instructional coach for social studies and I taught social studies at Freedom High School for twelve years.  I have been a part of the Burke County School system since 1998. 

I am a graduate of Appalachian State University and with a Bachelor of Science in History, Secondary Education (’97)  and a Master of Arts in Social Science, Education (’05).  I have long been in Black and Gold and look forward to continuing to wear those colors here at DHS.  I have been happily married for 21 years and we have two sons.

I look forward to serving you as we work toward our common goal of preparing your children and obtaining their high school diploma to pursue college and careers.  If there is anything that we can do to better serve your children please reach out to us.  




Doug Hallyburton, Asst. Principal/ Athletic Director

I was born and raised in the Drexel / Valdese communities of Burke County.  After graduating from East Burke High School and Appalachian State University, I lived and worked outside of Burke County for 20 years.  In 2002, I came home and began my teaching career at Heritage Middle.  I taught Language Arts for 3 years and Computers for 8 years.  I also coached soccer and wrestling at the middle school level for 11 years. In 2013, I served as an AP/AD at Walter Johnson, AP at Liberty, followed by AP at Table Rock, and Heritage.

After spending those years on the western end of the county and my career in Middle School, I am extremely excited for the opportunity to serve as AP and AD in High School, especially, at Draughn.  I feel like I have been granted the chance to come home.

My wife, Kara, and I have two adult sons, each of whom graduated from Burke County Public Schools.

I look forward to working with all of you in making a difference for our students and the community. Please remember, if I can help you at any time, I am available.  

Gretchen Reiss, Asst. Principal

I am honored to continue to be part of the Wildcat Family for another year as one of the assistant principals and working with Mr. Gardner and Mr. Hallyburton. I will continue to move Jimmy C. Draughn High School forward by doing what is best for students. Education was instilled in me at a young age and I always wanted to be teacher, like my mother. For most of my life, I have lived in Burke County and am a product of Valdese Elementary, Valdese Junior High and East Burke High School.

I graduated from Lenoir-Rhyne University in 1995 and complete my Master’s in Reading in 2000 for Appalachian State University. This August (2018), I will complete my add on certification for administration from Appalachian. My teaching experience has been at Drexel Elementary for over 22 years.

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with friends and family, traveling, cooking, walking, shopping and reading. I am especially fond of dogs, since my family always had a black labrador as part of the family. I am elated to continue my passion of working with students and watching them succeed at Draughn High School.