RonaldKingNow

Ronald King is an alumnus of Buford High School, Class of 2012. Ronald was born in Gainesville, Georgia, to Zenova King and Ronald Moon. He has two siblings, Brianna Moon, 26, and Quinnshawn Milsap, 23. Ronald was raised in Buford and attended Buford City Schools from kindergarten through fourth grade. He attended Sycamore Elementary for fifth grade and Lanier Middle School for sixth grade. Ronald returned to Buford City Schools in the seventh grade and stayed at Buford for the remainder of his school career.

While at Buford High School, Ronald excelled in athletics playing football and competing for the track and field team. He was part of the 2009 State Championship football team, as well as the 2011 State Runner-Up football team. All four years of high school, Ronald not only competed on the track and field team, but he competed in the state championship meet as well. He was a top-five finisher at state in the 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash, 4 x 100-meter relay and the 4 x 400-meter relay.

Ronald gained confidence and his love for math from his seventh-grade math teacher, Miss Weeks, now Mrs. Lingerfelt.

“Miss Weeks (now Mrs. Lingerfelt) had a huge influence on me,” Ronald said. “She was my math teacher in middle school in seventh grade, the year I came back to Buford. She helped me believe in myself when I didn’t in middle school and that followed me all the way to the man I am today.” 

Another BCS faculty member who had a tremendous impact on Ronald was coach Fyrone Davis during his high school years. To this day, Davis remains a mentor and a friend to Ronald.

“Coach Davis was one of my favorite coaches,” Ronald said. “He was pretty much a father to me throughout the years I was in high school and still, till this day, looks after me as if I were one of his own. He helped teach me some valuable lessons that I’ll never forget.” 

Many bits of wisdom were passed on to Ronald during his years at Buford, but the one thing that really stood out to him was about having good character. 

“I remember the coaches telling me that your character is who you are when no one is looking and I made sure that I did things that would make me the good man I am today,” Ronald said. “Having good tangibles is something taught to players today.”

Ronald has an associate degree in early childhood and special education and is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree at the University of North Georgia. He intends to keep working to earn a master’s degree.

Feeling compelled to return to the place that gave so much to him has brought Ronald back to Buford City Schools. He is a paraprofessional at Buford High School, as well as an assistant coach for the football team and the track and field team. Ronald is now able to work alongside his mentor, Coach Davis, in the football program and especially the track and field team as Davis serves as head coach.

“Part of who I am today is because of the teachers and coaches that poured into me in early education,” Ronald said. “I feel like education and coaching is a calling for me to help mold young boys and girls into great men and women in society.”

He has been coaching track and field for nine years. Ronald has also coached football for the past six years. He has spent three years coaching youth league football where two of the teams he was part of the coaching staff won the FBU National Championship.

Ronald lives in Sugar Hill and is a proud father to his son Kaisen. Kaisen is 6 years old and is following in his father’s footsteps as a Buford Wolf as he is in the first grade at Buford Academy.

In the same tradition of educators from Ronald’s school days, he has decided to make it his life’s work to help shape the youth of Buford into adults with good character. Once a Wolf, always a Wolf!

The Buford High School alumni spotlights are made possible by the generosity of the City of Buford. 

BY:

alicia@northgwinnettvoice.com

Alicia joined the North Gwinnett Voice, as the Editor, shortly after the first publication. She is a homegrown Buford native, with the southern charm and "bless your heart" included. ...

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