GRAFTON—After graduating seven classes from Grafton High School, the school’s principal, Dr. Joseph Findley, has decided to “graduate” along side the class of 2017.
Findley shared that the decision to retire after the conclusion of the 2016-2017 school year, left him with a bittersweet feeling, but he knew it was his time.
“It is just one of those things that when the time comes, you just know it. I have been involved with educating young people my entire life, it will be a hard thing to let go of, but it is time,” he expressed.
Findley has an impressive record as an educator, serving as a superintendent in a Pennsylvania school system, as well as being named principal at various elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools.
He has spent his last seven years at GHS, giving him a total of 42 years as an educator.
“My time here has been just wonderful. I have seen so many great students, come and go over the years. I couldn’t be more proud of each and every one of the students, that I have had the pleasure of getting to know over my time as a bearcat,” Findley remarked. “The class of 2017 is a very special and talented group of kids, and it seems fitting for them to be my last class.
When asked if he thought he would stay involved, by perhaps coaching a sport, he replied, “I really don’t think so, I have done my time with that as well.”
He also mentioned the love he has for Taylor County, and plans to use his retirement to spend more time with family and volunteer his time to different youth programs.
“I have grown to become quite fond of the people here. I have had an excellent staff to work with, and it is easy to come to work and enjoy it, when you have a great staff and great kids to work with,” noted Findley.
With his retirement, GHS assistant principal, Lori Shumaker, has been hired as the new principal. Shumaker is no stranger to the halls of Grafton High, as she has been a Bearcat educator for nearly 15 years.
“I have the out most confidence in her ability to be principal. She has been an extraordinary assistant principal,” commented Findley.
Congratulations on your retirement Dr. Findley, you will be missed.