Former Manchester Central High School principal John Rist is returning to the post on a temporary basis. Superintendent of Schools Debra Livingston named Rist interim principal of Central, effective immediately, until a permanent principal is hired.
“John Rist is Central Pride, through and through,” Dr. Livingston said. “We are very pleased he is available to help our students and faculty in this transition.”
Rist served as Central’s principal from 2002 to 2012, and is credited with steering the school toward much of its academic success and strong morale. When he heard Central needed help, he didn’t hesitate to come out of retirement.
“Anything I can do for these kids and teachers, I’m willing to do it,” Rist said. “I’m looking forward to getting back in the saddle at Central, renewing old friendships and making new ones.”
Last year, Rist took on a similar interim role at West High School before its current principal filled the position.