Parkersburg South High Principal Tom Eschbacher was respected and well-liked.

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. — Wood County school officials announced Friday Parkersburg South High School Principal Tom Eschbacher died at a hospital early Friday morning. He was 51.

He was named the 2009 West Virginia Principal of the Year.

Eschbacher survived brain tumor surgery in 2008.

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  • mr. e's favorite trumpet player

    I am still unable to grasp the reality that Mr. Eschbacher's no longer here. He has left a void not only at PSHS, but throughout the entire community. He seldom missed a choir or band concert, viewed many of the theatre class's plays. He never missed a football game, home or away.He went to wrestling matches and at the basketball games he was always found in the corner keeping an eye on the "Southside Phsycos". He took GREAT pride in "his school" and stayed involved in all aspects to ensure it ran the way he expected. He was also a member of different local, state and national organizations and served as a board member on many of them. I think the most important position he held was, President of the Board of Directors at the WVSSAC. I love to watch basketball and he was generous enough to give me a set of his personal tickets for the girls and boys state tournament in Charleston for the last 4 yrs. Mr. Eschbacher believed ALL students deserved respect and that saving each individual person when they were spiraling out of control, was more important than throwing them away as others had done in their past. He always took time for the kids labeled "the problem, troubled ones", even if that meant skipping lunch duty or not immediately returning a phone call to some important person. I think most people thought of Mr. Eschbacher as a firm, stubborn, and opinionated person, and that is most definitely true. But anyone who was fortunate enough to know the real Mr. Eschbacher, knew was an old soft teddy bear who cared enough about others, to put them before himself. I am thankful he allowed me to be a small part his life. ....
    Mr. Tom Eschbacher---FOREVER REMEMBERED IN OUR HEARTS--Thanks for the lessons and memories you left behind.

  • Catydidz

    Forgive Bubba. He's a high school dropout waiting in in line for his free ride.

  • Mac

    Dear "Bubba": Your 9:58 pm post of "Again who cares." is one of the sleaziest and ungrateful postings I've ever read. I'm in hopes that by the time my posting appears, (hopefully right above yours) it will have been DELETED!

    Truly, one of mankind's greatest gifts is that of a twelve year, free education available to any student in the United States. Our world is a much better place because of educators who devote their lives to educating our youth. The pay isn't the greatest, the schools can be in poor condition and student apathy makes it difficult for some students to gain the rewards from school. For YOU, "bubba", to make such a flippant remark concerning the untimely death of an apparently dedicated educator and possibly a husband and maybe a father of children, is very insensitive. You should be ashamed! And I would hope that Metronews not only deletes your comments but never allows you to make such a comment again. True, we believe in freedom of speech, but we don't have to believe in freedom of "stupid."

    • Mason County Contrarian

      Unfortunately Mac there are a lot of "Bubbas" in this world, and many of them started young and continue as adults.

  • Randy

    A truly stupid comment. This wasn't a story about someone dying committing a crime.

    • Randy

      Bubba deleted his comment. I didn't know you could do that.

  • PSHSChoir

    Mr. Eschbacher was my assistant principal in high school. For two years, I was his office assistant. Four years later, he hired me to become the choir director at Parkersburg South where I have been the past 10 years.

    He loved Parkersburg South, the community, the students, the faculty and staff, and his family and friends. He was my mentor and friend. Parkersburg South will not be the same without this man.

  • Mason County Contrarian

    Maybe, just maybe Mr. Bubba, you'll look back someday and realize just how wrong it was to post such a comment.

  • Tony

    Anyone who is from Parkersburg, knows the man was given the sometimes unenviable task of being principal at Parkersburg South.

    And he handled that task with unequaled class, professionalism, and compassion.

    He will be truly missed.

    • mntr bob

      Tony, I agree with you on everything but the unenviable part, Mr. Eschbacher seemed to truly enjoy the job, the students, the extracurricular activities and the staff, imo, viewed the job as a much coveted position.

  • WestByGod

    Your name says it all. A very inconsiderate thing to say. I knew the man, and I care.


    Rest in Peace.