Dorst named as new Manhattan High School principal


Left to right; Manhattan High School Principal Greg Hoyt and Assistant Principal Michael Dorst

Manhattan High School Assistant Principal Michael Dorst will be taking over as the new MHS principal later this year.

The announcement came from USD 383 Superintendent Marvin Wade during last night’s board of education meeting.  Dorst was chosen from a pool of five candidates.

Dorst says he was drawn to the position since he has been at MHS for 11 years and has worked closely with current MHS Principal Greg Hoyt.   He wants to use the skills and abilities he has grown to make an impact at the school in a big way.

“This whole experience has been both humbling and exciting,” said Dorst “I really do appreciate the opportunity Dr. Wade and the board has given me.”

When asked about his goals, Dorst says he doesn’t want to make major changes per say, but to focus on taking what the administration is already doing and being more efficient at it.

“The things we are doing, I want to do more efficient or do them in a way that impacts our students in a greater way.  I think it’s refining our individual plan of studies for our students.”

Dorst says he also wants to increase the value the students see in themselves and individualize each student’s experience for a more refined outlook on themselves.  He wants students to exceed their expectations of themselves when they leave MHS

Looking forward towards his first year as principal, Dorst wants to expand on Hoyt’s efforts to push the school out of its comfort zone.  He says there isn’t a list of changes or goals he has specifically, just more efficient ways of doing things.

Before the meeting, Dorst spoke with Hoyt about the position.  Hoyt told him to make sure to accept help and find ways to support the people who will help him.

Dorst will take over the position when Hoyt retires on July 1st.


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