By: Cadet Michael McClain
This is Major John Murphy, he has been teaching at Dover High School since 2001.
Out of all the years of teaching AFJROTC at Dover High School, he says “The hardest part of each year is getting more than the 20 percent of students in the Corps to do something.”
Major Murphy has worn the uniform for a consecutive 43 years, four years in ROTC in college, joined the military and stayed in for 17 years. He has been a JROTC teacher for 21 years.
For high school, Major attended Shape High School in Belgium and graduated from Biloxi High, in Biloxi Mississippi. For college he went to the University of Northern Colorado where he received his undergraduate degree. Then went to the University of Arkansas where he received his masters degree
This is Senior Master Sergeant Eric Herriman. He has been teaching at Dover High School for 10 years now.
As a joke, Senior Herriman said “Every year with kids is the hardest.” the real answer he gave was “I would have to say the first or second year was the hardest because I was learning how to get used to everything.”
When Senior attended high school, he did not take JROTC because his school didn’t have one and even if it did have it, he still wouldn’t have taken the class because he did not want to cut his hair. “If I knew then, what I know now, I would have taken JROTC if my school had it.”
Senior Master Sergeant Eric Herriman, attended Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Florida. He also attended Liberty University in Lynchburg Virginia. “Both are good schools, both of them had what I was looking for and both had good prices that I could afford.” Senior said when asked if they were good schools.
Lastly, he has been in the military for 20 years and teaching for another 10, wearing the uniform for a consecutive 30 years.