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District 7 Announces New Principal for Gladiola High School

The Grants Pass School District has hired Dr. Michael Shunk as Gladiola High School’s next principal.

Dr. Shunk comes to the district with nearly two decades of experience working in education as a science teacher, instructional coach, and most recently, a Dropout Prevention Coordinator & Dean at Central Medford High School. He has a track record for creating a positive, caring, inclusive, school community, where attendance, engagement, and student accomplishments increase as a result.

“I am excited to be a part of the already very strong team at Gladiola,” Dr. Michael Shunk says, “and I will work tirelessly to provide, education, hope, and opportunity for our Gladiola students.”

“Dr. Shunk is a tremendous addition to our leadership team here at Grants Pass School District 7, bringing quality experiences of working with the most at-risk youth,” Superintendent Kirk Kolb says. “He is very passionate, thoughtful, and works hard for students to ensure every student has a chance at a better future.”

Dr. Shunk officially begins his position on August 1, 2021. He is replacing Kelly Marval who retired at the end of the 2020-21 school year after serving District 7 for 28 years.