Eisenhower Middle School’s loss is Manhattan High School’s gain. What’s more, when the high school — the Manhattan-Ogden School District’s flagship school — hires a principal as well regarded as Greg Hoyt is, the entire district gains.
Mr. Hoyt who has served at Eisenhower since 2004, has helped the school shine. Its academic reputation has grown under his leadership, and he is respected — and liked — by faculty, parents and students. He hasn’t just “run” the school, he made the entire Eisenhower community realize they were all essential to its success. His leadership also has been evident in ensuring that the natural rivalry between Eisenhower and Anthony Middle School remained healthy and that they collaborated as well as competed.
Thus it wasn’t a big surprise that Mr. Hoyt was offered the job over a field of six qualified finalists that included MHS assistant principals Dave Holloway and Mike Dorst as well as Angie Messer, a former MHS teacher who is an assistant principal in Junction City.
As a Mercury story on Tuesday noted about the hiring, the appointment marks a homecoming of sorts — and not the first — for Mr. Hoyt. Not only did he attend Manhattan High School, graduating in 1983, but he returned to it five years later to teach math. He was still doing that — as well as coaching — when the Eisenhower job opened up in 2004.
Mr. Hoyt will take over at MHS on July 1, succeeding Terry McCarty, who surprised his faculty when he announced in December that he would be stepping down. Mr. McCarty has worked at MHS for 16 years, the last 10 as principal, and leaves Mr. Hoyt not just a new and improved high school in terms of facilities but also one that’s won national academic recognition in recent years.
We don’t doubt that Mr. Hoyt, who described MHS as “a very important place to me,” will not only maintain that tradition but add to it. And while looking forward to the challenges MHS will present, and calling himself “deeply humbled and honored” by the opportunity there, he remembered to pay tribute to the Eisenhower community “for all that they have done for me, and for giving me the privilege of working with them.”
Manhattan-Ogden Superintendent Bob Shannon, who announced Mr. Hoyt’s new position Monday, said, “I am very optimistic about the leadership Greg will provide for the students, faculty, staff, parents and everyone associated with Manhattan High School.”
We share that optimism.