By Carter Paysinger
When Beverly Hills
High School-the inspiration for Beverly Hills
90210-welcomed a skinny boy from the wrong side of town, no one knew just how life changing the decision would be, not just for Carter Paysinger
but for all of Beverly Hills.
grew up hearing his
parents say, "Don't just strive to be good.
Always strive to be great.
Taking their words to heart, he
grabbed this opportunity and, ultimately, earned a master's degree in education.
Because of his connection to the school that started it all, Carter returned and dedicated his life to being a coach and a teacher, finding himself drawn into the lives of innumerable kids who came seeking an ear to listen or a shoulder to cry on.
As fate would have it, one such kid, Steven Fenton-a scrappy, undersized boy whose father was once the mayor of Beverly Hills-grew
up to be on the board of education and a key player in what was to come.
Years passed, and Beverly Hills High School
fell into disarray with principals hired and fired and families fleeing the school.
After twenty years, Carter
and Steven reunited and found renewed passion, hope, and vision to fight for their community.
applied for the principal position, though, they were surprised to find that the progressive Beverly Hills
that prided itself in open-mindedness suddenly thought that its winningest and most beloved coach didn't fit the profile for the Beverly Hills image.
It was the beginning of a long road, but Carter
could hear his
father's voice, saying: "Let it be their problem, and do what you have to do.
Carter Paysinger has served Beverly Hills High School for several years as a teacher,