Noel Crum

The Kentucky Association of Secondary School Principals (KASSP) would like to announce that Noel Crum has been named the 2020 High School Principal of the Year for the state of Kentucky.  Crum, who is the principal at Johnson Central High School, has served the Johnson County School District for 25 years.

During his tenure, he has filled many roles, including teacher, curriculum director, assistant principal, CTE principal, district CTE/Innovation coordinator, and two different stints as high school principal.

“This is such a prestigious honor, but I would like to share this recognition with the staff and students at Johnson Central High School,” Crum said. “Without the hard work, talent, and dedication of everyone affiliated with our high school, I could have never achieved an honor of this magnitude.”

Under Crum’s leadership, Johnson Central has amassed numerous academic and athletic achievements including the 2019 Kentucky Governor’s Cup Academic Championship, which placed JCHS on top of all schools in the state, both public and private.  Johnson Central is also the only school in the world to have earned five International Future Problem Solving Championships, defeating schools from all over the globe.

Johnson Central also made a huge statement in the athletic realm by winning the 2019 4A KHSAA State Football Championship.  During Crum’s tenure, JCHS has also earned regional championships and state level success in many sports including basketball, baseball, wrestling, soccer, track, bass fishing, golf, cross country, baseball and softball.

“An honor like this is more of a statement about the overall success of our school,” said Crum. “I just try to serve and empower our staff who in turn molds and guides our students. The reason for our immense success is because of the coaches, teachers and support staff who put in countless hours along with our students who are willing to go the extra mile to achieve greatness.  In my opinion, that is what makes Johnson Central the best high school in the state of Kentucky.”

As Kentucky’s High School Principal of the Year, Crum will be recognized this fall in Washington, D.C. by the National Association of Secondary School Principals.