Honoring the Legacy of Maurice Pritchett: A Life Well-Lived

Ceremonial Street Sub-Naming Mayor Purzycki speaks at the designation of “Maurice Pritchett Way” at 7th and Lombard streets in Wilmington. /Submitted Images

WILMINGTON, DE — Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki was joined Friday by Delaware Governor John Carney, Christina School District Superintendent Dr. Dan Shelton, Pritchett family members, City and State elected officials, and former colleagues and friends in recognizing the late Maurice Pritchett. The Mayor ceremoniously designated a stretch of 7th Street encompassing Lombard, Pine and Spruce streets as “Maurice Pritchett Way.” The new sign was unveiled outside of Bancroft School, where Pritchett served as an administrator for more than three decades, and across the street from where the new Bancroft School is currently under construction.

“Today, in one small way, we celebrate a life well lived and a man well loved – Maurice Pritchett,” said Mayor Purzycki. “Maurice Pritchett was such a towering figure in the schools and in this community, and is more than deserving of a life needing to be commemorated.”

The Mayor said that the most important thing about putting Maurice Pritchett’s name up on that street sign is that it serves as a reminder of what we can be if we’re thinking about what a life well lived looks like. “We are a better community because we have Maurice Pritchett’s name on that street sign,” the Mayor continued. “Every day people will say to themselves ‘What kind of person does it take to be remembered like that?’ To me, this is not just an honor to the family, but it is a milestone for all of us to aspire to something great in our lives.”

In addition to Governor Carney and Superintendent Shelton, Juanita Pritchett was on hand to help honor her late husband, as were Dwayne Pritchett and Maurice Pritchett Jr., who shared their thoughts about their father and the significance of this honor.

Maurice Pritchett, who passed away in April at the age of 80, was a respected community leader, hall-of-fame athlete, and prominent educational administrator. Mr. Pritchett’s long, distinguished career took him to Cecil County (Maryland), then Elbert School in Wilmington before returning him to Bancroft School, which he attended as a child. For 32 years he served as Bancroft’s vice-principal and then principal before retiring from the Christina School District. During his tenure at Bancroft, Maurice influenced thousands of children and staff by being a mentor and friend as well as an administrator, all while implementing multicultural programs and a clothes closet as well as spearheading after-school youth and recreation programs in the community.

Celebrating Maurice Pritchett on Wilmington’s East Side

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