Hazen’s new principal comes home

June 5, 2014

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When new Hazen High School Principal Kate O’Brien officially begins her duties July 1, she certainly won’t need a tour of her workplace.

O’Brien knows the Hazen halls very well, because she roamed them as student, having graduated from the school in 2000.

“There’s no hiding from me, I know where you all are. I know all the spots,” she joked when talking about her familiarity with the school. Read more

New leadership coming to Hazen High School

July 12, 2013

NEW — 11 a.m. July 12, 2013

Randy Taylor

Randy Taylor

Randy Taylor will take over as Hazen High School’s interim principal for the 2013-2014 school year, replacing John Kniseley, who accepted a position at Kentwood High School.

Taylor most recently served as principal of Mount Si High School for six years, and also spent five years as the Auburn High School principal.

He holds master’s degrees in education and school administration from Central Washington University. In 2003, the Washington Library Media Association named Taylor the High School Principal of the Year.

The Association of Washington Secondary School Principals also named him the Washington State Regional Distinguished Principal in 1998 and 2009. Read more

Hazen High School weapon rumor not a ‘credible threat’

December 20, 2012

NEW — 12:55 p.m. Dec. 20, 2012

Attendance at Hazen High School was down Dec. 20, after a rumor that there may be a weapon brought to the school came to administrators’ attention.

It was not known if the absences were directly related to the rumor, since it was also the last day before winter break and many students may have left early for holiday vacations.

The chatter was a rumor, not a direct threat, and upon further investigation it appeared to be unsubstantiated, district spokesman Randy Matheson said. Read more