Written by Andrew Keefer, CHS Junior
Chisholm High School has hired a new assistant principal/athletic director, Gary Riley, who is more than meets the eye. Riley started his career as a teacher and wrestling coach at NEO A&M followed by jobs in various positions at four other high schools. Throughout his career, he has taught U.S History, AP U.S History, Government, and AP Government.
Riley is no stranger to coaching either, having coached baseball, football, and softball in addition to wrestling. After being on the administration end of schools for the last five years, this is his first job as an assistant principal.
When asked why he chose Chisholm, he said, “Chisholm is known throughout the state as a very positive and effective school, “ and “When a position opened up, I felt this would be a great opportunity to work with great kids, families, and educators.”
At Chisholm, the Longhorn blood runs deep, and Riley looks forward to being a part of the Longhorn family citing the school motto, “ Mind…Body…Spirit” as saying everything for Chisholm. He thinks he can really excel at Chisholm, and that his skill set matches up nicely with the school’s existing values.
Riley has many goals with his new position, and when asked about them he stated the following: “First and foremost, giving credit to the people before me throughout the years that did an exceptional job that helped shape the reputation of Chisholm Public Schools is important to continue many of the great things this school and community represents. When there are things that can be improved upon, I will try to do that, in cooperation with the high school principal, superintendent, and the school board. And most important to help every single student, athlete, and teacher to enjoy being at school. I believe in a positive attitude every day and helping students. ”
Riley provides a much-needed presence at the school, and Chisholm is very fortunate to have someone like him.