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Kathy Hoover named new principal at Gila Ridge

Kathy Hoover headshotThe Yuma Union High School District Governing Board on Wednesday, July 13, voted unanimously to approve Kathy Hoover as Principal of Gila Ridge High School. 

Ms. Hoover, who most recently was an Assistant Principal at Yuma High School, is entering her 18th year with YUHSD and was recommended to the Board following interviewing with a multi-person committee. She is the fourth principal in the history of Gila Ridge, which opened in the fall of 2007.  

“I am so excited and honored to serve as principal for Gila Ridge High School students, families, and staff,” Ms. Hoover said. “Gila Ridge students have established a tradition of excellence and accomplishment that I am honored to now lead. The students in our community amaze and humble me every day. I look forward to each new school year and the experiences we get to share with our students and staff. It truly drives me to be my best for each of them every day.”

Since starting with YUHSD in 2005, Ms. Hoover has shown strength in leadership in both academics and athletics. She served as a Health and Sports Medicine teacher and athletic trainer at Kofa High School for three years before taking on the Instructional Leader role for the Physical Education and Health department at Kofa. 

During the 11 years as instructional leader, Ms. Hoover was part of three major building projects at Kofa within the PE and Career & Technical Education (CTE) departments, leading to two new gyms, a weight room, and athletic training and sports medicine facilities. In the PE department, her team initiated standards-focused instructional and grading practices, and in 2009, transformed the Sports Medicine class into a CTE program that offered eight Arizona Western College dual-enrollment credits, professional rescuer level CPR/AED certification, and student membership in the HOSA Career and Technical Student Organization. Kofa’s HOSA program was the first chapter established in YUHSD. 

In 2019, Ms. Hoover moved into a Technology Coach/Instructional Leader role for CTE at the district level, designing professional development for all teachers in the use of Canvas and other technology tools. 

Throughout much of her tenure, Ms. Hoover was also deeply involved in athletics, both as a medical professional and administrator. 
“For 15 years, I worked as an athletic trainer, improving playing conditions and performance for athletes and recruiting and mentoring new athletic trainers for all campuses in our district,” she added. “In that role, I built many great relationships with coaches, athletes, and families that I still cherish to this day. In 2020, I transitioned to administration, serving as Assistant Principal at Yuma High School for two school years. In that time, I was the administrator over athletics, activities, academics, guidance counseling, student support services, and partnered with the principal in supervising all staff, students, and facilities.”

Eric Patten