Ryan Richardson named new principal for Rex Putnam High School
North Clackamas School District officials selected Ryan Richardson as the new principal for Rex Putnam High School, starting in the 2018-2019 school year.
Currently the assistant principal at RPHS, Richardson will replace Kathleen Walsh, who is retiring at the end of the 2017-2018 school year. Walsh was named principal at the Oak Grove high school in 2010 after serving as assistant principal at RPHS.
Richardson started his career in education as a local math teacher and has taught leadership classes for students. A graduate of NCSD schools, he earned a mathematics and teaching degree from Oregon State University in 2004 and '05. In 2011, he received his certification for educational administration from Portland State University and began his role as assistant principal at Alder Creek Middle School in unincorporated Milwaukie.
NCSD officials hope Richardson will continue building on RPHS's highly effective systems and educational strategies.
"Ryan's student-centered focus, and positive rapport with students and staff, will ensure RPHS continues being a welcoming place that focuses on the needs of each student," said NCSD spokesman Jonathan Hutchison.
RPHS's four-year graduation rate increased between the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years, from 87.2 to 89.3 percent, driven largely by advances in the school's Hispanic/Latino population going from a 83.6 to 92.7 graduation rate during the same time period. In a philosphical statement on his personal website, Richardson says that outcomes for students are too easily determined by the color of their skin.
"Graduation rates, grades, discipline and test scores all point to the undeniable fact that education is inequitable, yet we continue to deny," he said. "My work as a white male in education is to fold equity into every decision that is made."