William Penn High School graduate Ebon Proctor never missed a day of school in 14 years. The 18-year-old plans to study sports management at Valley Forge
William Penn High School graduate Ebon Proctor never missed a day of school in 14 years. The 18-year-old plans to study sports management at Valley Forge Christian College. (BILL KALINA — bkalina@yorkdispatch.com)

There's one person the students and staff at the York City School District have been able to count on for the past 2,528 school days.

Ebon Proctor — a laid-back 18-year-old senior at William Penn Senior High School who graduated with his classmates Friday — never missed a day of school.

Never.

That's perfect attendance for 14 years, including a transition year between kindergarten and first grade.

In all that time, Ebon said, he's never really woken up on a Tuesday and decided a marathon of "The Price Is Right" sounded better than heading off to class.

"I love coming to school," Ebon said.

Soft-spoken and humble, Ebon credited his parents with motivating him to work hard.

"They always push me to do my best," he said.

His dad, Jerald Proctor, can push his son — quite literally — to get to school each day. The two ride together to the high school, where Proctor works as a hall monitor.

But there's never been much pushing necessary, Proctor said.

"He just chose to be different," he said. "And at the end of the day, he's being rewarded for it. I guess it's in our genetics to just get up and go."

Honors: The accolades are piling up.

Ebon spoke at graduation. He had a full page spread in the yearbook. And the city's mayor has reached out to congratulate him.

His classmates also voted him homecoming king this year.

Superintendent Eric Holmes, who's been with the district for more than two decades, said it's unusual for a student to graduate with a perfect attendance record.

"It's not something that happens every year. There's no question about that," Holmes said. "We certainly appreciate the fact that he has been able to maintain perfect attendance. ... Both he and his family should be very proud of his efforts."

Ebon said he rarely gets sick. On the rare occasion he feels under the weather, he heads to the nurses's office instead of missing a full day.

In ninth grade, after a perfect attendance streak of 10 years, Ebon said he "just decided to finish what I started."

Ebon admitted to feeling a tinge of senioritis — but not nearly enough to sacrifice the streak.

Looking ahead: After high school, Ebon is heading to Valley Forge Christian College to study sports management.

In the professional world, he'd like to serve as an athletic director for a high school or sports organization, he said.

Proctor said he's hoping his son's accomplishment sheds some positive light on the city school district. There are lots of good kids at William Penn, but their achievements are often overshadowed by negative perceptions and real struggles of the city, he said.

"He's a good kid," he said. "And he's a product of the city."

At least two other York County seniors have been recognized by their school districts for perfect attendance. They are Kirsten Blair of Central York and Ben Krentler of Hanover.

— Reach Erin James at ejames@yorkdispatch.com. Reporter Nikelle Snader contributed to this report.