Alumni Spotlight

Throughout the year we will use this page to 'spotlight' a EHS Alumni.  If you would like to be listed here, or want to nominate someone else, simply contact us via

Donna Horgan
Donna (Mercer) Horgan
EHS Class of '73

Donna was born and raised in Elkton and has always been involved in the community.   After graduation in 1973, Donna attended Cecil College and has been involved with the college ever since.  She married Tom Horgan in 2001, having 2 children (Kimberly & Blair) and 1 grandchild (so far).  She enjoys spending time and spoiling her grandson Jack at every opportunity! They take summer vacations together to Rehobeth Beach every summer. Donna and Tom are looking forward to retiring soon and doing some traveling.

Donna has worked for the State of Maryland for over 40 years. Of those years, 27 of them were working for the President of the Maryland Senate, Senator Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr.   Currently Donna is the Reading Clerk for the Senate.  During the 90 day session in Annapolis you actually hear Donna reading bills to the assembly and taking all votes on those bills during assembly broadcast.  She often appears in the news as spokesperson for the Senate.  When not serving the Senator, Donna is an established and successful realtor with Key Realty in Elkton.

Donna serves as Vice-chairperson of the Board of Trustees for Cecil College, and served as President of the Maryland Association of Community Colleges from 2014 -2016.  As if that is not important enough, Donna is a member of  Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT),  a national association for community colleges, and currently serves as their Maryland State Coordinator.

Donna is a Member of the Elkton United Methodist Church (a former member of the Board of Trustees) and currently teaches Sunday School for 3rd & 4th graders.  Donna has always loved Elkton and works to help keep Elkton being the best it can be.


Principal David Foye
EHS 2018 

David Foye, who most recently served as the principal of North East High School, will become the principal at Elkton High School. Former EHS principal John Roush has moved to a new central office role, director of student and school safety.

Foye said both high schools are unique in their own rights — Elkton has fewer students but a newer building, while North East has more students in an older building. However, he said both schools value the role of technology in learning.

As Elkton’s principal, Foye said he will be focused on increasing student achievement, graduation rates, scholarships that students receive, and student acceptance into colleges and military service.

Foye acknowledged that there may be a learning curve to accomplishing these goals, especially with Elkton High School also getting two new assistant principals. However, he was confident that his team would get the job done.

“It will really be all of us getting on the same page, being goal-oriented,” he said.

Foye was an North East High School assistant principal for four years and principal for three years. He said the transition will be bittersweet.

“I will miss the students and the families,” he said. “You get a chance to meet siblings that enter the school system. You get the chance to meet families … But I’m looking forward to new experiences. I’m excited. Just as excited as the students are for the new school year.”
<reprinted with permission,, Aug 6 2018>

Commissioner Earl Piner
Town of Elkton Commissioner
 Earl Monroe Piner Sr., 
Class of 1975

 is a Elkton High School graduate, and a former 1st Team All-County basketball player. After high school, Earl continued his basketball career at Wilmington College, later reaching Semi-Pro status in Philadelphia. Earl obtained his AA degree in Business Administration from Cecil College. 

He worked for the A.I. DuPont Company for 20 years and is currently employed with W. L. Gore & Associates. Earl has been a licensed Insurance Agent for 33 years and has served as a Commissioner for the Town of Elkton since June, 2004. Earl has served as an Assistant Basketball coach at Cecil College for 14 years and continues to provide basketball programs and camps throughout Cecil County. In 2015, 

Earl established Piner’s Basic Basketball, in association with Cecil County Public School’s Movers Program, providing an after school mentoring program for middle school students. Earl spent over 17 years coaching Baseball for the Elkton Little League and helped form several AAU basketball teams, and also coached Soccer and Softball.

Earl has been recognized by several organizations for his community service. On October 19, 2006 Earl was recognized by The NAACP for his Civic Contributions and the voluntary service he had afforded to the youth of Cecil County. In 2007 he was presented with the Community Excellence for Minority Achievement Award by Achievement Initiative for Maryland’s Minority Students and the Maryland State Department of Education. Earl was selected as a Community Award recipient in The Maryland State Education Association’s (“ MSEA”) Minority Recognition Awards Program, which is a statewide program through the Maryland State Education Association.

Earl was named Maryland’s Most Beautiful Person in 2002, another award given by the State of Maryland for his many years of volunteering to his community. In addition to his community service listed above, Earl has volunteered his time for a variety of organizations, including previous service on the Cecil County Boys & Girls Club; Elkton Board of Zoning Appeals; The Cecil County Board of Education, where he was recognized for being the only Board of Education member on a Town Council; the Cecil County Board of Ethics; the Minority Student Services Committee for Cecil College; and served as an Advisory Board member at Cecil Bank for 2 years. 

Earl resides in Elkton with his lovely wife of 40 years, Debbie. He and Debbie have 3 children and and 11 grandchildren. Earl enjoys spending time with his grandchildren and his extra time is shared with his Gospel group (The Piner Family Gospel singers). Earl says his purpose in life is to live life to the fullest and share the happiness with others.

Earl plans to continue serving the people of Elkton, providing as much support to the community as possible; as a leader and a citizen. “My goal is to serve my family, friends and all the citizens of Elkton”