Grants Pass School District 7 announces next Grants Pass High School Principal
Grants Pass School District 7 has hired Michele Napier to serve as the next principal of Grants Pass High School.
Born and raised in Grants Pass, Napier is a proud, third-generation Grants Pass High School grad. After receiving her master’s in teaching from Southern Oregon University, Napier returned to Grants Pass High School to teach Health, PE and AVID. After 20 years in the classroom, Mrs. Napier earned her administrative license and currently serves as one of the high school’s assistant principals, focusing on curriculum and instruction.
Having spent her entire career serving students and families at Grants Pass High School, Napier believes all students can be successful at GPHS. She desires to provide a school environment where every student feels safe, challenged, and ready for their future.
“I am really excited to have been selected as the next principal of Grants Pass High School,” Michele Napier says. “Our staff and students are amazing and I love it here. I look forward to working with our staff and helping ensure that our students are college and career ready as they leave Grants Pass High School. I am honored to be in this position and look forward to continuing the great things we have happening at Grants Pass High School. We are GP!”
“Michele’s vision for the future of Grants Pass High School was something that resonated with the hiring committees,” Tim Sweeney, Grants Pass School District 7 Superintendent says. “She is the right person at the right time to help move GPHS to the next level.”
Napier will begin her new role on July 1, 2023. She succeeds current Principal Ryan Thompson who has been the principal of GPHS since 2012. Thompson has been hired as the district’s next Human Resources Director effective July 1, 2023.
The search for a new principal began in December 2022. We would like to thank the staff, parents, and students who participated in interviews with multiple candidates for the position. Your insight and input were appreciated during this process.