Rick Moulin returns to his alma mater as the new principal

Trinity Jones, Staff Writer

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BSHS graduate Rick Moulin has returned to his alma mater as the new principal. A 1990 graduate, Moulin is a also a former English teacher, guidance counselor and vice principal.

What does it feel like to be principal in the high school that you graduated from?

“I’m very proud to be the principal at Bonner Springs High School. This is a huge deal for me because this is the only school district I’ve ever wanted to work in. I have a lot of pride in being a Bonner Springs graduate.”

Why did you choose to be principal at the high school and not at the middle school anymore?

“I really loved being the middle school principal. I’ve been at the high school before as well, so really it was about what was best for the school district. When I talked to Mr. Brungardt, the superintendent, about the high school position, we just thought that it would be a good fit and it would mean a lot to be able to go back to the school where I graduated from. Ultimately, I wanted to make a difference in the school that I graduated from.”

What kind of student were you in high school?

“I was an average student who made Bs and Cs.”

What sports and clubs were you involved in during high school?

“I was on the newspaper staff. I played baseball, ran cross country and wrestled for three years.

According to an old yearbook, your nickname was “Hulkster” Moulin. Can you explain that?

“I was a big wrestling fan when I was in high school. I used to watch WWF and I used to imitate Hulk Hogan.”

What is the hardest part about being principal at the high school?

“There are really high expectations from the community because a lot of people know me from being a BSHS graduate, so I don’t want to fail.”

How are things different from when you attended the high school?

“There’s more students, for starters. When I went to school here, it was only grades 10, 11 and 12. There was an outside smoking patio for students, no block schedule, not much of a focus on post-secondary and no computer labs. The current cafeteria, media center and band room weren’t around and the area where the weight room is was used for auto shop classes. Of course, there was also no YMCA, so varsity games were in the high school gym.”

How’s the first month of school been like for you?

“It’s been outstanding. We have great teachers, great students, great support staff, and they’ve made the transition really easy.”

What’s something students might be surprised to learn about you?

“I’m a picky eater, I scare easily and I love George Brett and the Royals. I named one of my sons after George Brett, and I once got to hang out with George Brett one night at a party.”

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