Madras High School announces new principal
Madras High School has announced that Tony Summers will take over as school principal July 1, 2022.
Summers currently serves as the program manager for High Desert Education Service District's Driver's Education program. He has previously served as a principal in his home state of Oklahoma at Anadarko High School.
Summers is originally from Oklahoma, where he joined the Marines at 17. He settled in Oregon after his time in the Marines and ran a hardware and contracting business here in Oregon for ten years before deciding to return to school to pursue education. He received a bachelor's and master's in history from Portland State University, as well as a Master of Arts in Teaching from George Fox.
He returned to Oklahoma where he received a Doctor of Education from the University of Oklahoma focused on educational administration curriculum and supervision. He then served as principal at Anadarko Highschool in Oklahoma before returning to Oregon.
"I'm looking forward to this whole experience. I want to get back into a school a lot," said Summers. "I'm super excited. All the staff, the teachers and the administration are doing a lot of good work here. I'm really big on improving graduation rates and getting more students graduated. It looks like Madras High has been doing a great job at that already, I'm excited to continue that work."
Summers brings experience working in diverse schools with native populations like Madras High. His previous school, Anadarko, has an almost 60% native population, and a very diverse student body.
Summers lives in Sisters with his wife, and has two sons, one who lives in Bend and another who lives in Oklahoma. In his free time, he likes to enjoy Central Oregon and participates in strongman lifting competitions across the state. In March of 2022 he won the Oregon's Strongest Man Competition for men under 242lb.
Summers will take over July 1 from Brian Crook, who has served as the school's principal since 2019.
He was hired after meeting with panels of students and teachers as well as several administrators from the district.
"We're excited to be moving forward with a great candidate," said 509-J superintendent Jay Mathisen. "He's ready to get started and the onboarding is going to be a great process."
Summers says he intends to be highly involved in the Madras High School and Jefferson County community as a principal and hopes to get to know every student and teacher well.
"I'm all about making connections with the students and with the staff. I'm very open-door, I'm out in the community, in the building. I'm a principal that's always walking around, checking in with teachers and students," said Summers. "I like to go to all the extracurricular activities, at least one or two of the theater productions, state FFA programs, sports, all of it."
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