Jody Rich | Principal Tested, Student Approved
Jody Rich never thought he’d go into education administration. The principal of Hurricane High School worked for 15 years as a school counselor, both in Salt Lake County and at Hurricane High, before taking the head job in 2012.
Still, Jody says he’s tried to blend his emotional approach to education with the task of being the authoritarian, and uses the motto “We can do hard things” to teach by example.
“You have to let them know you’re on their side,” Jody said. A look around his office shows he is. He has letterman jackets for each year, tassels from each graduating class, and pictures with several smiling students surrounding his desk.
His actions prove he’s on the students’ side. Not only does he know all their names, in 2013 he and another principal rode their bikes 3,000 miles across the country to raise money to buy them new computers. It took Jody 31 days to ride coast to coast, but raised $30,000 during that time.
Walking through the halls, Rich will routinely stop, and ask students by name about their accomplishments. Rich said he takes a sincere interest in the lives of his students, because they will one day be the leaders here in Southern Utah.