Tom Trigg Named Lone Finalist to be Superintendent of Highland Park ISD


Highland Park ISD announced this morning that Tom Trigg is the lone finalist to be the distric’s next superintendent. After a 21-day waiting period mandated by state law, the job will officially be his.

dr_tom_triggSince 2004, Trigg has been the superintendent of the Blue Valley School District in Overland Park, Kan. He was named the Kansas Superintendent of the Year in 2011, the same year he was one of four finalists for the National Superintendent of the Year award.

“Dr. Trigg is an educational leader and team-builder of the highest caliber,” said Joe Taylor, president of the HPISD Board of Trustees. “He has an impressive track record of working within a high-performing district to build on existing excellence while developing innovative educational programs to inspire students to both academic success and personal growth.”

Trigg graduated from Ottawa University in 1974 with a B.A. in mathematics and physical education teaching. He went on to receive his master’s degree in educational administration from Emporia State University in 1977 and his doctorate in education from the University of Kansas in 1986.

A lifelong Kansan and career educator, he is the son of two math teachers and the husband of a Spanish teacher. He has three grown children, one of whom lives in Amarillo.

Trigg will replace Dawson Orr, who is leaving Highland Park ISD after six years to become a professor at SMU.

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