History of SWCSD Superintendents and Principals

Superintendents of South-Western City Schools

NameDatesYears of Service in District
Vaughn J. UllmanJanuary 1, 1956 - March 31, 1960 4
R. M. Eyman*April 1, 1960 - June 30, 1960 0.5
 Dr. Paul C. Hayes July 1, 1960 - September 17, 1967  7
Dr. Martin L. Stahl September 18, 1967 - July 1987  20
 Dr. Bob Bowers August 1, 1987 - June 6, 1997 10
Sandra Vasu-Sarver*  June 9, 1997 - December 31, 1997 0.5
 Dr. R. Kirk Hamilton January 1, 1998 - December 31, 2007 10
 Dr. William H. Wise January 1, 2008 - Present 

*Interim Superintendent

History of South-Western Principals (following the consolidation of SWCSD in 1956) 

( ) = unknown starting date and years of service.


Alton Hall Elementary School (opened 1960)
Principal Year Started Years of Service in School
 Gerald Kingsmore  1960-1961  1
 John Bast  1961-1962  15
 Carolyn Forrest  1976-1977 13
Anne Hansen   1989-1990  7
 Keith Rife   1996-1997   4
  Tyler Wolfe  2000-2001  3
  Al Drumm  2003-2004  3
  Anthony K. Huffman  2006-2008  2
  Timothy F. Barton  2008-2009  7
 Jamie Clark  2015-2016     


Brookpark Jr. High/Middle School (opened 1964-1965, converted to middle school 1970-1971)
Principal Year Started Years of Service in School
 Dante Tropea 1964-1965 
 Robert Walker 1965-1966 
 Theodore Dagg 1968-1969 
 Roger Wolfe 1969-1970 
 James Staten 1971-1972  16 
 Elaine Wank Burton 1987-1988 11 
 David Miller 1998-1999 
 Randy Banks 2000-2001 
 Robert Rains 2004-2005 
 Neil Britton 2010-2011 5
 Holly Carr 2015-2016 

 

Buckeye Boys Ranch (opened 1973-1974, later renamed Buckeye Ranch School))
Principal Year Started Years of Service in School
 Steve Seall 1973-1974 
 Darlene Herman 1975-1978  16 
 Ann Horner (Conner) 1994-1995
 Thomas Webb January 2001  0.5 
 Michael Wang 2002-2003 

 

Buckeye Woods Elementary School (opened 1995-1996)
Principal Year Started Years of Service in School
 Beth Shoaf 1995-1996 
 Janet Wilson 2001-2002  10 
 Jenniffer Kauffeld 2011-2012   

 

Central Crossing High School (opened 2002-2003)
Principal Year Started Years of Service in School
Edward H. Palmer 2002-2003 
 Hubert Watson 2008-2009 
 Dr. Jill V. Burke 2010-2011  

 

Darby Woods Elementary School (opened 1995-96)
Principal Year Started Years of Service in School
Julie Olson Davis 1995-1996 
 Jane Ferry 1998-1999 
 Deborah Willoughby-Reed 2003-2004   

 

Darbydale Elementary School
Principal Year Started Years of Service in School
 Louis Wood 1958-1959
 Douglas Reeves 1963-1964
 Paul Richings 1966-1967
 Francis Shipley 1969-1970 20 
 Philipp Bush 1989-1990
 Gregory Grinch 1994-1995
Beverlee Powers 2003-2004  12
 April Weese    2015-2016 

 

East Franklin Elementary School (opened 1955, converted to South-Western Kindergarten Center in 2015-2016)
Principal Year Started Years of Service in School
 Lois Hovermale 1958-1959 
 William Garrison 1964-1965 
 Robert Boggs 1969-1970 
 Louis Wood 1976-1977 
 Marsha Guthrie 1977-1978 
 Lenn (Biddle) Turner 1980-1981 
 Dr. Harry Williams 1983-1984 
 Margaret Idzkowski 1987-1988  11 
 Jeri Kerns 1998-1999 
 Michele Harkins 2007-2008 
 Janet Wilson (Interim) 2013-2014   1
 Elizabeth A. Hollis 2014-2015  1
  Janet Wilson (Interim)2015-2016 

 

Finland Elementary School (opened 1964-65)
Principal Year Started Years of Service in School
Lois Hovermale 1964-1965
 Margaret Griffin 1967-1968
 Sharleen O'Bryan 1969-1970 11 
 Zana Vincent 1980-1981
 Mary Ann Winfield 1982-1983 11 
 Ed Gwazdauskas 1993-1994
 Beverlee Powers 1995-1996
 Cathy Giles 2003-2004
 Kenneth Pease 2008-2009
 Scott Counts 2010-2011
Elizabeth A. Hollis 2015-2016 

 

Finland Jr. High/Middle School (opened 1964-65 - converted to middle school 1970-1971)
Principal Year Started Years of Service in School
Park Lipp, Jr. 1964-1965 
 Norman Gaines 1965-1966 
 Charles Gilbert 1966-1967 
 Mickey Laughlin 1968-1969 
 Robert Lewis 1973-1974  10 
 Gregory Grinch 1984-1985 
 Rodger Southward 1988-1989 
 Jim Voyles 1990-1991 
 Judith Lyons 1995-1996 
 Jim Dotson 1998-1999 
 Jim Voyles 2000-2001 
 Randy Banks* 2006-2007  0.25
 Paul Smathers 2006-2007   8
 Lori Balough 2014-2015  

 

Franklin Heights High School
Principal Year Started Years of Service in School
William F. Rogers 1956-1957  10 
 Gerald Kingsmore 1966-1967 
 Howard Grove 1968-1969 
 Robert LeBeau 1973-1974  13.5
 Edward H. Palmer January 1987  14.5
 Robert Jackson 2001-2002 
 Gary Barber 2004-2005 
 Brian Lidle 2007-2008 
 Ronald Meyer 2008-2009 
 Andrew Jados 2013-2014   2  
 Timothy Donahue2015-2016 

 

Franklin Woods Intermediate (opened January 2001)
Principal Year Started Years of Service in School
 Carol Saunders 2001-2002 
 Bob Rains 2002-2003 
 Scott Haynes 2004-2005 
 Garilee Ogden 2008-2009 
 Kevin Scott 2010-2011  2.5
 Janet Wilson (Interim) (1/13)  0.5 
 Andrew Stotz 2013-2014   

 

Galloway Ridge Intermediate (opened January 2001)
Principal Year Started Years of Service in School
 Mimi Padovan 2001-2002  14
 Timothy Barton 2015-2016 

 

Georgesville School (changed to special school 1964-1965, closed at end of 1981-1982)
Principal Year Started Years of Service in School
Floyd Peterson (1958-1959)  (3) 
 Raymond Wolford 1961-1962 
 Information for 1962-1963 not available 
 Kenneth Seeley 1963-1964 
 Raymond Wolford 1964-1965 
 Don Speakman 1965-1966 
 Robert Boggs 1966-1967 
 William Collier 1969-1970 
 David Abbott 1972-1973 
 Robert Ankney 1973-1974 
 Fred Ruoff 1975-1976 

 

Grove City High School (moved to new building on Hoover Road. 1970-1971)
Principal Year Started Years of Service in School
Ralph Hudson 1955-1956 
 John A. Ruehling 1956-1957 
 David Rathbone 1964-1965 
 Norman Gaines 1966-1967 
 David Tucker 1972-1973  11 
 Tom Rutan 1983-1984  13 
 Roby Schottke 1996-1997 
 John Kellogg 1997-1998 
 Ted Mackey 2001-2002 
 Kathryn Buckerfield 2004-2005 
 Glenn Hunter (Interim)  2007-2008 1
 Diane Mankins 2008-2009 
 Michael Starner 2010-2011   

 

Harmon Elementary (formerly South Franklin Elementary School)
Principal Year Started Years of Service in School
Bronson Farmer (1958-1959)  (3) 
 Troy Mills 1961-1962 
 James Harmon 1964-1965  20 
 Barbara Rudy Hurt 1984-1985 
 Lenn Turner 1988-1989 
 Judy Davis 1995-1996 
 Sandra Vasu-Sarver 2001-2002 
 Shelli Miller 2006-2007 
 Michael Wang 2009-2010   

 

Harrisburg Elementary School (closed at end of 2008-2009, merged with Darbydale)
Principal Year Started Years of Service in School
 Raymond Wolford 1958-1959 
 William Garrison 1963-1964 
 Eugene Wenger 1964-1965 
 Raymond Wolford 1966-1967 
 Mary Ann Winfield 1969-1970  13 
 Barbara Orlos 1982-1983 
 Carol Saunders 1988-1989 
 Pamela Early 1990-1991
 Jeri Kerns 1993-1994 
 Gregory Grinch 1998-1999 
 Janet Wilson 1999-2000 
 Barb Orr 2002-2003 
 Pamela Early 2005-2006 
 Cathy Moore 2007-2008 

 

Technical High School (opened 1964-1965)
Paul C. Hayes Technical School
(1968-1969)
Hayes Technical School
(renamed 1991 - Closed 2002 when South-Western Career Academy opened)
Principal Year Started Years of Service in School
Charles Besse 1964-1965 
 Russell Riley 1965-1966 
 Louis Belek 1966-1967 
 Charles Besse 1967-1968 
 Don Wohrle 1968-1969  14 
 Larry Casterline 1994-1995 
 Jack Lehr 1995-1996 
 Lavonna Miller 1998-1999 
 James Herd (asst. prin.) 1999-2000 
Dr. Joyce Malainy 2000-2001

 

Hayes Intermediate (Opened September 2003)
Principal Year Started Years of Service in School
Kevin Laffin 2003-2004 10
Katherine Nowak 2013-2014  

 

Highland Park Elementary School (opened 1969-1970)
Principal Year Started Years of Service in School
Margaret Dietlin 1969-1970 
 Arthur Steller 1972-1973 
 Philipp Bush 1976-1977  13 
 Carolyn Forrest 1989-1990 
 Pamela Early 1993-1994 
 Margaret Snow 1995-1996  10 
 Lynn Saxton 2005-2006 
 Stephanie Baker 2013-2014   

 

Holt Crossing Intermediate School (opened January 2001)
Principal Year Started Years of Service in School
Linda Kuhn 2001-2002 11
Mathew Cox 2012-2013  3
 Denise Lutz2015-2016 

 

Jackson Elementary School (closed at end of 1963-64, re-opened for two years 1967-69)
Principal Year Started Years of Service in School
Elias Rucker, Jr. (1958-1959)  (3)
 Robert Mounts 1961-1962 
 Information for 1962-1963  not available 
 William Matthews 1963-1964 
 Robert Koop 1967-1968 
 Jean Craig 1968-1969 

 

Jackson Middle School (opened September 2001 - formerly Park Street Middle School)
Principal Year Started Years of Service in School
Bob Skinner 2001-2002 
Elizabeth Watkins 2003-2004 
Dr. Erik Shuey 2009-2010 
Emily Jablonka 2011-2012   1 3/4
Daniel B. Boland  2014-2015   

 

Kingston Elementary School 
Principal Year Started Years of Service in School
LeMoyne Brokaw (1958-1959)   (4)
 Information for1962-1963 not available 
 Bernard Esporite 1963-1964 
 Robert Wynkoop 1966-1967 
 Jean Craig 1968-1969 
 Mary Pinkley 1969-1970 
 Ann Hansen  1973-1974

 

Kingston School (converted to special school 1982-1983, closed at the end of the 2009-2010 school year)
Principal Year Started Years of Service in School
Fred Ruoff 1982-1983 19
Connie Blake 2001-2002 5
Peggy Snow 2006-2007 6
Drenda Kemp 2007-2008 3

 

Monterey Elementary School (opened in 1963-64)
Principal Year Started Years of Service in School
LeMoyne Brokaw 1963-1964 9
Betty Hurd 1972-1973 1
Veroncia Harmon 1973-1974 10
Connie Johnston 1984-1985 5
Francis Shipley 1989-1990 4
Philipp Bush 1994-1995 2
Al Drumm 1996-1997 6
Jane Ferry 2003-2004 7
James LeVally 2010-2011 2
Brian Baker 2012-2013 2
Margaret Moretti 2014-2015  

 

North Franklin Elementary School
Principal Year Started Years of Service in School
Edna Windom (1958-1959)   (3)
Edward Yarnell 1961-1962  1
Information for1962-1963  not available 
Ronald Eikenberry 1963-1964  1
Edward Yarnell 1964-1965  1
Louis Wood 1965-1966  11
William Garrison 1976-1977  2
Ann Horner 1978-1979  6
Ann Hansen 1984-1985  5
Sandra Osterholtz 1989-1990  17
Elaine Lawless 2006-2007  7
Michele Harkins 2013-2014   

 

Norton Jr. High/Middle School (opened 1964-65, converted to middle school 1970-71)
Principal Year Started Years of Service in School
Gerald Kingsmore 1964-1965 
 Edward Zoretic 1966-1967  11 
 Richard Hammond 1977-1978 
 Jane Spung 1978-1979 
 Bill Mullins 1984-1985  23 
 Scott Cunningham 2006-2007 
 Tresa Davis 2012-2013   

 

Park Street Elementary School (closed at the end of 1963-64)
Principal Year Started Years of Service in School
Otis King (1958-1959) (4)
Elias Rucker, Jr. 1961-1962 2
James A. Harmon 1963-1964 1

 

Park Street Intermediate School (opened January 2001)
Principal Year Started Years of Service in School
Ed Gwazdauskaus 2001-2002 9
Clinton Rardon 2010-2011  

 

Park Street Middle School (Park Street building converted to middle school 1970-1971, building torn down in 2001, and was replaced by Jackson Middle School)
Principal Year Started Years of Service in School
Jack Blose 1970-1971 
 Wayne Umholtz 1971-1972 
 Richard Hammond 1973-1974 
 Edward Zoretic 1977-1978 
 Keith Rife 1982-1983 
 Gregory Grinch 1988-1989 
 Robert Skinner 1994-1995 

 

Pleasant View High/Middle School (high school opened 1959-60, converted to middle school 1970-71)
Principal Year Started Years of Service in School
 Theodore Dagg 1959-1960 
 George Hanna 1965-1966 
 Robert Walker 1968-1969 
 Glenn Hoddy 1970-1971 
 Wayne Umholtz 1973-1974 
 Bob Rinehart 1982-1983 
 Robert Lewis 1984-1985 
 Robert Skinner 1986-1987 
 Al Drumm 1994-1995 
 Gregory A. Douglass 1996-1997 
 Beverly Peters 1997-1998 
 Thom Gamertsfelder 2005-2006  7.5 
 Interim: Robert Rains  (1/13)  0.5
 Brett Harmon 2013-2014   

 

Prairie Lincoln Elementary School 
Principal Year Started Years of Service in School
 Helen Nelson 1958-1959 
 Troy Mills 1959-1960 
 Gerald Kingsmore 1961-1962 
 James Duff 1964-1965 
 William Garrison 1969-1970 
 Keith Rife 1976-1977 
 Zana Vincent 1982-1983 
 Sandra Osterholtz 1987-1988  2
 Bob Merkle 1989-1990 
 Carol Saunders 1998-1999 
 Kelly Jacobs 2000-2001 
 James LeVally 2008-2009 
 Cheri Denis 2010-2011   

 

Prairie Norton Elementary School
Principal Year Started Years of Service in School
Paul Noblitt (1958-1959)  (11) 
 Harold Hayden 1961-1962  5.5 
 Wayne Umholtz January 1967  4.5 
 Robert Walker 1971-1972  13 
 Donna Fisher Carter 1984-1985 
 Jeff Clingo 2000-2001 
 Michael Gosztyla 2004-2005   

 

Richard Avenue Elementary School
Principal Year Started Years of Service in School
Keith Powell  (1958-1959) (11) 
 Robert Merkle 1969-1970  14 
 Lenn Turner 1983-1984 
 Barbara Orlos 1988-1989 
 Lucy Ozvat 1995-1996 
 Lynn (Reid) Saxton 1998-1999 
 Interim: Beth Shoaf (12/03)   
 Interim: Greg Grinch (2/04)   
 Karen Hopper 2004-2005 
 Cathy Moore 2009-2010   

 

J.C. Sommer Elementary School
Principal Year Started Years of Service in School
Anna Marie Staker (1958-1959) (3) 
 Willilam Zeitler 1961-1962
 Eugene Wenger 1966-1967
 Harry Willilams 1969-1970 14 
 Robert Merkle 1983-1984
 Connie Johnston 1988-1989
 Jim Nelson 1990-1991
 Beth Shoaf 1994-1995
 Ed Gwazdauskas 1995-1996
 Theresa Kucsma 2000-2001
 Elaine Clay-McClaughin 2006-2007  

 

South Franklin Elementary School (named changed to Harmon Elementary)
Principal Year Started Years of Service in School
Bronson Farmer (1958-1959)  (3) 
 Troy Mills 1961-1962 
 James Harmon 1964-1965  20 
 Barbara Rudy Hurt 1984-1985 
 Lenn Turner 1988-1989 
 Judy Davis 1995-1996 
 Sandra Vasu-Sarver 2001-2002   

 

South-Western Career Academy (opened 02-03)
Principal Year Started Years of Service in School
Thom Gamertsfelder 2002-2003 3
Shirley Moore 2005-2006  10
 James Marion 2015-2016 

 

Stiles Elementary School (opened 1963-64)
Principal Year Started Years of Service in School
Louis E. Wood 1963-1964 
 Keith Rife  1965-1966 11 
 Robert Boggs  1976-1977 11 
 James Nelson  1987-1988
 Carol Saunders  1990-1991
 Kevin Scott  1998-1999
 Tom Main  2000-2001
 Barb Orr 2005-2006 
 Joseph Jude  2006-2007
 Drenda Kemp  2009-2010
 Jessica Cahill  2013-2014  

 

Urbancrest Elementary School (closed at end of 1980-81)
Principal Year Started Years of Service in School
Cecil Twine  (1958-1959) (11) 
 James Harmon  1969-1970
 Robert Freese  1970-1971
 George Yuill  1971-1972
 Barbara Orlos  1978-1979

 

West Franklin Elementary School
Principal Year Started Years of Service in School
 Claude Mills  (1958-1959) (11) 
 Barbara Williams 1980-1981 
 Keith Rife  1988-1989
 Bill Davis  1996-1997
 Cathy Giles  1999-2000
 Tyler Wolfe  2003-2004
 Dr. Dawn Lauridsen  2006-2007  

 

Westland High School (opened 1970-71)
Principal Year Started Years of Service in School
 Robert Walker 1970-1971 
 Charles Waple 1971-1972 
 Frederick Slater 1972-1973 
 James Roberts  1978-1979
 James McCormick 1981-1982 
 Dick Caster 1990-1991 
 Jim Voyles 1996-1971 
 Jane Ensign 2000-2001 
 James Grube 2002-2003 
 Kathryn Buckerfield 2007-2008 
 John Rathburn     2011-2012   

 

Wilson Elementary School (closed at end of 1963-1964, reopened one year for Georgesville students 1965-1966)
Principal Year Started Years of Service in School
Clara Trabue (1958-1959)  (3) 
 Helen Fendt  1961-1962
 Information for 1962-1963 not available 
 Dante Tropea 1963-1964 
 Robert Boggs 1965-1966