Larry Thompson wears a number of hats, or labels. He’s an educator, wrestling fan, husband and man of faith. He’s the front man for a country band.

And now he has another label: Kansas Association of Secondary School Principals Principal of the Year.


Larry Thompson wears a number of hats, or labels. He’s an educator, wrestling fan, husband and man of faith. He’s the front man for a country band.
And now he has another label: Kansas Association of Secondary School Principals Principal of the Year.
Just don’t pat him on the back too much — in addition to all the aforementioned labels, Thompson is humble.
“A lot of credit goes to your teachers and staff,” Thompson said. “You can only look as good as they are.”
But make no mistake, Thompson is a leader at Hesston High School.
“He deserves a lot of the credit for making Hesston High School what it is,” said teacher Eric Clarke. “First and foremost, Larry’s focus has always been on what is best for the kids. His ability to create a culture that lets kids feel comfortable is amazing.”
Thompson is in his ninth year as the principal of Hesston High School. Previous to that, he was the principal of Eby Learning Center, a school on the campus of United Methodist Youthville in Newton.
The Youthville post was his first as a principal.
While at Hesston he has made a name for himself not only in the immediate area, but statewide, working with models of discipline — and working to create an environment at Hesston in which students are not only challenged but feel supported in trying to meet those challenges.
“This first few months I have worked with Larry, there is no doubt he is one of the very best principals at any level, in the state of Kansas,” said first-year superintendent Paul Becker.
Thompson is the second Hesston principal, in as many years, to earn a similar honor.
Pat Duffy, principal of Hesston Elementary School, was named elementary school principal of the year during the last academic school year.
“With Pat Duffy last year and Larry this year, it reflects on the district and the communities commitment to education,” Becker said. “Hesston has a lot of things going for it.”