Steve Morrow, seen interviewing for the Thunder Mountain High School principal position last week, has been selected as the principal of Thunder Mountain High School for the beginning of next school year. (Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire)

Steve Morrow, seen interviewing for the Thunder Mountain High School principal position last week, has been selected as the principal of Thunder Mountain High School for the beginning of next school year. (Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire)

New principal chosen for Thunder Mountain

Current principal Dan Larson will retire at the end of this school year.

A principal has been selected to replace current principal Dan Larson at Thunder Mountain High School, according to the Juneau School District.

Steve Morrow was selected following a multi-candidate interview process last week. Morrow is currently the principal of Whitewright High School, which is located northeast of Dallas, Texas, said Juneau School District chief of staff Kristen Bartlett in a press release.

“It is with great excitement that I accept the position of principal at Thunder Mountain High School,” Morrow said in the press release. “The fact that I have the opportunity to experience Alaska for the first time in the role of serving others on my campus, and in my community, makes this even more special.”

[Finalists interview for Thunder Mountain principal position]

Morrow is coming up on four years in his current position. He has seven years of experience as a principal, Bartlett said. Morrow has also served as an assistant principal, social studies teacher and basketball coach. He will begin his duties in the 2020-2021 school year.

Larson, Thunder Mountain’s outgoing principal, has served as the Mendenhall Valley high school’s principal for 10 years. TMHS assistant principal Rhonda Hickok is also retiring at the end of the school year, Bartlett said in an email.

With a new principal in tow, Bartlett said the process of hiring a new assistant principal can begin.

Juneau School District Superintendent Bridget Weiss praised the caliber of candidates who applied for the TMHS job and said she is glad to have Morrow joining the Juneau School District team.

“We were fortunate to have a high quality pool to consider and we are excited to welcome Mr. Morrow to our administrative team,” Weiss said in the press release.

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