David Karl Carpenter of Pineville earned a bachelor’s degree in Music Education in 1979 and a master’s degree in Music at Northwestern in 1987 before completing his Doctorate at the University of Southern Mississippi in 2001. He began his career in 1979 as a band director serving at Oberlin High School, Winnfield Senior High and Tioga High School before becoming Assistant Principal at Tioga. He later assumed leadership as Principal at Carter C. Raymond Middle School and is currently Principal at Pineville High School, where he has served since 2007.

Among the outstanding moments in his career are leading the Tioga High School band in playing “Hail to The Chief” for President Bill Clinton in 1996, the band’s appearance that same year in the Washington, D.C. Independence Day parade and concerts performed on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and during a ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery.

Carpenter and his wife Terri have been married 30 years and have three children, all who attended NSU.