Karl Morrin officially took over as principal of Little Wolf High School in Manawa on Friday, Aug. 24.
Morrin brings almost 20 years of educational experience to the district. He spent the last four years as a principal in the Suring School District. Prior to that he was the high school and middle school physical education teacher in Chilton, and the elementary physical education teacher in Valders. While in Chilton and Valders he was also the varsity head coach for basketball.
Originally from Washburn, which is on the shore of Lake Superior, Morrin said he applied for the Little Wolf High School principal vacancy because he likes the Manawa area, and he felt he needed to work in a larger school district. He said Little Wolf High School has roughly 100 more students than Suring High School.
“The facilities here I think are great for this size of school,” Morrin said. “The community and district have to be very proud of what they have here. I thought the town was really nice. It’s a nice small town, and talking to some of the community members there is a lot of pride. Trying to build that connection between the students, the school and community is going to be one of my goals here.”
Morrin said he has heard the story behind the Manawa Activity Complex that was built behind the high school, and that is a good example of the district and community working together.
“First of all it shows that the community is behind the school district,” Morrin said. “There are a lot of districts that fight tooth and nail to try and get something. This community likes athletics and wants to make sure their kids have good facilities to use and that is a testament of the people in this city.
“I think the kids really need to look at that and say, ‘You know what? The people in this community are giving us this facility to use, we better make sure that they know that we appreciate it.’ So that’s going to be one of our building blocks with the community.”
Morrin describes himself as a “very student center person.”
“I think the kids and the parents will, as time goes on, they will see that I am very approachable and if they have issues they can come to me and they know I’m going to be there for their kids,” Morrin said.
Those in the district can expect to see Morrin at plenty of school functions.
“I know FFA is a big thing here,” Morrin said. “Band and choir, those are very important things as well, so it’s not just athletics, it’s all extra-curricular activities. I think that is an extension of the classroom. The kids are going to know that I’m there for them.”
Working with the staff to provide the students the best education possible and prepare them for life after high school is one of Morrin’s goals.
“Whether they are going to be going to a four year institution, a two year technical college or right into the workforce or the military, we want to make sure the kids have the best education they can possibly get here,” Morrin said. “[We need] to get them ready to go in the real world and they feel they accomplished something after their four years here. Education is important and kids have to realize they have four years of high school to be all they can be and then it’s over with, so make sure they make the most of it.”
Morrin said he wants people from the community to call him or stop by the school if they want to meet him, or if they have a concern.
“I just want people to know I’m going to give the district everything I have,” Morrin said, “and it’s a great day to be a Wolf.”