A matter of principals
May 16, 2017
At 12 years, Douglas High School Principal Marty Swisher has been school's second longest serving principal since it moved to Minden and dropped county from the name more than 40 years ago.
Swisher and Miki Trujillo, the first principal of Douglas County's ASPIRE Academy, are both retiring from their positions this year.
Trujillo and Swisher are both Douglas County products. Swisher graduated in 1981 from Whittell High School at Lake Tahoe, while Trujillo graduated from Douglas High School in 1985.
Both have spent decades working in the Douglas schools. Swisher will take over for Trujillo as principal of the academy.
Both have seen big changes in the district during their time here. Arguably the culmination of Swisher's career at Douglas High was the renovation that permitted the freshman class to return after a 22-year hiatus. He also spearheaded bringing the Army Jr. ROTC to the high school.
Trujillo brought the ASPIRE academy to life and saw its conversion into a high school, holding its first graduation ceremony in 2014.
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It has only been 111 years since Douglas County even embraced the concept of high schools.
Douglas County School trustees have already begun to look for a new high school principal to replace Swisher using at least one tool that wasn't available to them back when he was first hired, the district's web site.
Anyone interested in providing feedback to the district on what they'd like to see in the next Douglas High principal can go to dcsd.k12.nv.us.
We offer our heartfelt thanks to both Swisher and Trujillo for their service to Douglas County. We would do well to find their like to continue into the future.