By Sam Jack
Campus High School starts its 2018-2019 school year with a new principal, David Morford.
Before coming to Campus, Morford served as principal at Ottawa High School, Olathe North High School, De Soto High School and Winfield High School.
Olathe North had a student population of about 2,300, so Morford is familiar with the dynamics in large high schools like Campus.
“Any school, but it’s certainly multiplied with a large school, there’s lots of moving parts and lots of things that go on daily,” he said. “You have to have great people around you, which we do here.”
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Morford’s contract started at the end of July, but he spent time earlier in the summer getting to know teachers and staff.
“Mr. (Myron) Regier, the former principal, and I actually went to college together and have been good friends for over 40 years, so I am well aware of what he’s done here at Campus, the leadership style, and the good things that were already in place,” he said. “When I was at Winfield, I even coached against Campus in the gymnasium and on the field here.”
Morford was born in Newton, where his father was sheriff of Harvey County. He attended Bethel College and became a physical education teacher and coach before getting a master’s degree in 1998 and moving into administration.
He said he wants there to be a feeling of continuity for the staff at Campus.
“I want our staff members to continue to do the great job that they’re doing and not worry about me,” he said. “I want to make them feel comfortable.”