Welcome to Girard High School!  We are a smaller school with amazing students and a dedicated faculty.  I am proud and honored to start this 2017-2018 school year as principal, having served last year as assistant principal.  Last year we made great strides in promoting excellence across the classrooms and the athletic fields, and including academic competitions where our JETS team qualified for Nationals, and where our National History Day team placed third in the country in their national finals structure.  I am proud of our students and the challenges they embrace.  

There are some new faces this year at Girard High School. We have hired Mr. Trevor Murnock as assistant principal.  Mr. Murnock has been a band director and taught music before entering administration.  He is an accomplished man with many gifts to offer our community, and I know you will enjoy getting to know him.  Again this year we will have faculty shared between the high school and our middle school.  Pulling dual duty will be Ms. Autumn Klimek in Family & Consumer Science, Mrs. Yvonne Conley in the Art Department, Mr. Bill McNally in Physical Education, Mr. Gary Clawson in Tech Ed./Engineering, and Mr. Greg Stelter in the English Department. Finally, Mrs. Melissa Leonard, our district certified librarian, will be assigned primarily to our library.

This summer our maintenance crew has kept up a furious pace of renovations and updating the main facilities in our high school.  The library has undergone extensive updates, and has become transformed for a modern and inviting environment to better allow for students to interact, collaborate, and to access 21st century resources.   Mrs. Leonard will be instrumental in leading the charge.  The cafeteria has been painted and we removed some of the design features that seemed rooted in decades gone by… AND the gym got a major overhaul with all new lighting, new scoreboards, fresh paint, resurfaced floor, and rehabilitated bleachers.  The public will share the pride we feel; it simply looks spectacular!  All this thanks to Mr. Chabola and his maintenance crew.

The School Based Health Center is open and our students can access doctor’s care right on the premises. Community members accessing the Health Center will not be able to enter the school, as there is a separate outside entrance for the community. 

We started the fall extra-curricular activities on August 14th, and the 2017-18 school year begins on Tuesday, August 29th. This year we have added new courses like Leadership, Introduction to Engineering, Tech Ed./Engineering, Web Design, Computer Animation, and we welcome the return of classroom based Driver’s Education.  We will once again be offering Keystone Remediation courses in Algebra, Biology and Literature for students who did not score Advanced or Proficient on the Keystone Exams last year. Starting with the Class of 2019, students must score Advanced or Proficient on these Keystone Exams to receive their high school diploma.

Students at Girard High School have many opportunities to participate in a variety of extra-curricular, cultural and athletic events during the school year. Girard High School is constantly being used by students, staff and the community for various activities and events. In addition to the school events, The Elk Creek Recreation Board sponsors many activities for adults & children of all ages. The communities of Girard and Lake City regularly take advantage of these offerings, making Girard High school truly the “place to be” in the Girard and Lake City area.

I hope you plan on attending some of the many wonderful events at Girard High School this school year; you will be amazed at the talent our students demonstrate on the athletic fields, musical competitions and in the theatrical productions. They make Girard High School and the entire communities of Girard & Lake City proud with their accomplishments each and every year.

Mr. Eric Louis, Principal

Girard High School