|Address||P.O. Box 30008 |
Charlotte, North Carolina 28230, United States
|| April 14, 1941
|Contributor||U Ole Polecat|
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Feb 23, 2013 09:53pm
|Info||Vinroot attended Mecklenburg County public schools. He served as president of his high school student body and as captain of his high school football and basketball teams. He was an Eagle Scout who later served as a Scout Master for an inner-city troop. |
Richard was awarded a Morehead Scholarship to UNC-Chapel Hill. He served as president of his Junior and Senior classes, and played varsity basketball for Coach Dean Smith. Vinroot graduated in 1963 with a degree in business administration and remained in Chapel Hill to earn a law degree in 1966. In 1966, Richard was given a deferment from military service because of his height (6'7"). He voluntarily gave up his deferment and served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam, where he was awarded a Bronze Star.
When he returned from Vietnam, Vinroot joined the law firm of Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson, specializing in corporate litigation and is a senior partner in the firm. He was elected mayor of Charlotte in 1991 and was re-elected in 1993. He also served on the Charlotte City Council from 1983 to 1991.
In the fall of 1999, Vinroot organized a group of nine friends and colleagues to start a charter school in Charlotte. Sugar Creek Charter School, a rehabbed K mart store in one of Charlotte's poorer neighborhoods, opened its doors to 500 students, mostly African-American, whose parents were unhappy and frustrated with the public schools. The school places a heavy emphasis on character education, strict discipline, longer school days and teacher pay based on performance.
Vinroot is a ruling elder at Myers Park Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, where he has been a senior high Sunday school teacher since 1969.
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