Jimmy Walker has been named the new executive principal of Warren County High School, taking the place of the outgoing principal Tony Cassel. The move is effective this Thursday, May 1.
A lifelong resident of Warren County and a veteran educator in the Warren County School System, Walker has 26 years of teaching and administrative experience.
“He brings a wealth of knowledge to the position,” said Warren County Director of Schools Bobby Cox, who announced the appointment Monday morning.
Walker served as a teacher at Warren County Junior High and Warren County High School. He also served as assistant principal at Warren County Middle School and Warren County High School during his educational career.
He served two terms as head baseball coach at Warren County High School, leading the Pioneer baseball team to a third-place finish in the TSSAA State Baseball Championship in 1998. He served as an assistant coach on the 1992 Warren County High School state championship baseball team.
“I am excited Mr. Walker has accepted the position of executive principal of Warren County High School,” Cox said.
Cox continued, “Jimmy is an excellent educator and role model and has great dedication and passion for developing the youth of our community. He will do an outstanding job and I look forward to working with him.”
The appointment comes after Cassel resigned and announced his departure two months ago. Cassel said his plans were to return to Indiana to be closer to his family.
At that time, Cassel said he would finish the school year. School officials have not elaborated on what happened to accelerate that time frame. Cassel served as principal for nearly three years.
“We want to make sure this is a smooth transition,” Cox said.
Cox said Walker was selected from a field that started with almost 25 candidates. That number was narrowed down to four out-of-town candidates who were interviewed. However, after talking to the finalists, Cox said they returned and discussed the possibility of Walker moving up to executive principal. After some talks, he accepted the position.
“We wanted someone with a passion for the school,” Cox said.
Walker, who was moving into his new office Tuesday, said he welcomes the challenge and looks forward to getting to work.
“I’m real excited,” Walker said. “I’m ready for us to roll up our sleeves and go to work.”
Walker said he is assessing things presently and has no major changes to announce yet.
“We want to build back some community pride in our high school and get the ship headed in the right direction,” Walker said. “We want to create a positive attitude to make this a school that students look forward to coming to every morning.”
While still organizing his new administration, Walker did reveal the hour lunch at the high school will “probably be gone” next school year.