Old High Principal Leaves School After One Year

Published 05/09 2012 05:16PM

Updated 05/09 2012 07:03PM

    After just one year on the job, the principal at Wichita Falls High School is leaving; going from one of the warmest climates to one of the coldest.
    Kevin Shipley accepted a job in Kake, Alaska, a small island with less than one-thousand people.
    There are about 100 students in the district.
    Shipley will work as the superintendent and principal of the school.
    He says 24 years ago, he thought he was going to accept his first teaching job in Alaska.
    He also applied for two principal jobs there but didn't get them.
    The fourth time was the charm.
    "When I applied, it just felt right," Shipley said.  "Once I got up there it was like, 'Okay.  This is where I'm supposed to be.  This is what I'm supposed to be doing now.'  I hate leaving Old High.  It has been a great year.  Wonderful kids!"
    Even though he worked at the school just one year, Shipley says he accomplished all the goals he had for Old High.
    He says he's confident the school's test scores will be up this year.

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