The next principal of Manhattan High School is a familiar face from its past.USD 383 officials Monday afternoon announced the selection of Greg Hoyt, Eisenhower Middle School principal, from a pool of six candidates to be the new MHS principal.
Hoyt graduated from MHS in 1983 and was a math teacher at the school from 1988 to 2004.
He said his strong ties with MHS factored into his decision to seek the position.
“Manhattan High is a very important place to me,” he said. “At the same time, Eisenhower has been great to me.”
Hoyt said he saw the move as an effort to advance his professional career.
“I also know at this point … this type of opportunity to significantly increase my responsibilities doesn’t come around often,” he said. “It was move now or not at all.”
Hoyt said he’s preparing himself for the challenge of a larger school and the adjustment to dealing with 15- to 18-year-olds rather than 12- and 13-year-olds. He had to deal with the shift when he first moved from being an MHS teacher to Eisenhower principal.
“Having been here nine years and falling in love with their quirkiness, it’ll be different readjusting to more mature learners,” Hoyt said.
While getting a sense of the MHS climate, Hoyt said his first and foremost responsibility is finishing the year as Eisenhower’s principal and eventually teaching his replacement.
“Having my hand and feet in both pools of water, so to speak, will be a big demand of my time,” he said. “But that’s what being an administrator is about. Doing what you have to do to get the job done.”
Supt. Bob Shannon said Hoyt brings “extensive knowledge and experience” with secondary education, USD 383 and the Manhattan and Ogden communities.
“I am very optimistic about the leadership Greg will provide for the students, faculty, staff, parents and everyone associated with Manhattan High School,” he said.
Hoyt has a B.S. in secondary education and an M.S. in educational administration and leadership, both from Kansas State University. He will begin his new position on July 1.