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High school principal says goodbye

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com

New Castle High School Principal Chris Walker starts a new chapter in the fall when he will become the principal of Loogootee High School/Middle School.

When Walker took over as New Castle principal in 2010, “Chrysler” was still in the high school name.

“I was met by a staff very hungry to succeed,” Walker said. “In a short matter of years, the NCHS team was able to accomplish a tremendous amount of academic success.”

Over the past eight years, New Castle High School has gone from the bottom 25th percentile to the top 10th percentile of national rankings in academic performance.

“NCHS and the New Castle community have both been very good to me and I feel good about all of the academic strides that were made during my time here,” Walker said.

Walker said he worked with a very talented staff of teachers, administrators and counselors during his eight years at New Castle.

“With each new idea our leadership team created, the teachers took off with it and exceeded expectations,” he said.

Walker just wrapped up the 2017-2018 school season and got to be on stage when his son, Skyler, accepted his high school diploma.

“Right now, I am ready for some rest,” Walker said. “After a short vacation, I look forward to meeting all of the new challenges that come with a new school and a new staff.”

Loogootee is located in Martin County, about an hour southwest of Bloomington.

Walker is looking forward to the fact that snowfall that far south shouldn’t come close to what New Castle sometimes gets.

“I have made some very good friends (some of the best I have ever had), but I think it is time that I challenge myself to a new adventure. I also feel that NCHS will benefit from a fresh perspective and new ideas,” Walker said.

Principal Walker ends every school meeting with students by telling them that New Castle High School students are changing the world.

“It doesn’t take long to find a successful NCHS alum who is running an international multi-billion dollar business, or leading educational change at the national and state level,” Walker said. “Time and time again, New Castle has proven that we produce leaders. Keep up the tradition.”