By El’ad Nichols Kaufman
After a lengthy search process spanning a year and a half, IPS has finally selected a permanent principal for Shortridge High School. Dennis Thomas III, previously vice-principal at Cathedral High School, was approved by the School Board Nov. 21.
Mr. Thomas began his tenure Dec. 20, meeting faculty at the holiday brunch. Over the winter break, he will be working with former Interim Principal Steven Shorter to develop a plan for Mr. Thomas’s start as principal next semester.
Mr. Thomas has 18 years of experience in teaching and administration, having been a social studies teacher at Broad Ripple, a teacher at an all girls school in Georgia and the vice-principal at Cathedral. He brings with his experience new ideas for Shortridge. During a conversation with Student Government, he mentioned creating a mentorship program and also committed to maintaining long-standing Shortridge traditions like O-Week.
Mr. Thomas is being portrayed as a candidate who will help navigate Shortridge through this second year of transition since the consolidation to four high schools and the addition of a Career Program. During the conversation with Student Government, he said that he would make sure to keep these issues in mind when running the school, drawing on his experience teaching at Broad Ripple and having taught IB courses.