MANHATTAN — Michael Dorst has been named the new principal of Manhattan High School. He has served as an assistant principal at MHS since 2008. Prior to that, he was the high school principal in West Franklin USD 287, and started his career as a physical education, math, health and wood shop teacher in Osawatomie.
He holds a B.A. from Bethany College and an M.A. from Baker University. Dorst is completing his District Leadership endorsement from Fort Hays State University this spring.
“I’ve been fortunate to be part of Manhattan High School for the past 11 years,” Dorst said. “I am honored to have this opportunity and I look forward to working with our amazing students, staff, families and community in our continued growth as a great school.”
Superintendent Dr. Marvin Wade said Dorst has extensive high school administrative experience and a solid understanding of how current topics in education have relevance for the continued success of MHS and our students.
“I am confident there will be a smooth transition in leadership from Mr. Hoyt to Mr. Dorst. We are fortunate that both are respected professionals who have already demonstrated consistent dedication to the students, staff, families and everyone associated with Manhattan High School,” he said.
Dorst will begin his new position on July 1. Current Manhattan High School Principal Greg Hoyt announced his retirement during the fall of 2018.
Hays High School Principal Martin Straub and Decatur County Community Principal Benjamin Jimenez were among the five finalists for the position.