Pendleton H.S. principal to step down, take new job in Oregon City

<p>Tom Lovell</p>

Tom Lovell

Pendleton High School's principal announced he is leaving the school district after working there for more than 20 years.

Below is a news release from the Pendleton School District:

Pendleton High School Principal Tom Lovell has announced he will leave the Pendleton School District to take a job as the new principal at Oregon City High School in Oregon City for the 2013-2014 school year.

“While we’re disappointed to lose Tom in the District, we’re very excited for him to have this new opportunity in his career,” said PSD Assistant Superintendent Tricia Mooney. “We wish Tom only the best as begins this new chapter.”

Lovell has worked for the PSD since 1991, the last nine of which have been as principal at PHS. Prior to that, Lovell was the athletic director/assistant principal at PHS for four years, as well as a PHS English teacher for five years and a 9th grade English teacher at the former Pendleton Junior High School for three years.

During his time at PHS, Lovell’s school accomplishments include an “Outstanding” rating on the state report card (2011-2012), two designations from the NAMM Foundation as a “Best Community for Music Education” (2010, 2013), a student named by the Elks National Foundation as “most valuable male student” in Oregon (2013), a designation on the College Board’s AP District Honor Roll (2012), high graduation rates, and multiple state championship athletic teams who also achieved well academically.

A comprehensive process to secure the right candidate will begin Monday with the official job posting on the District’s web site.