Caddo Parish Public Schools is proud to announce Robert Middleton will be the next principal of Caddo Parish Magnet High School.
“Robert Middleton is a leader who understands the key role supporting teachers plays in the climate and culture of a campus and in overall student achievement,” said Dr. T. Lamar Goree, Superintendent of Caddo Schools. “With an unwavering faith and commitment to excellence, I have no doubt he is the right person to lead Magnet High in its next chapter.”
Seeing his role as one built on servant leadership and addressing the needs of stakeholders, Middleton said he was honored to be selected for the position.
“This entire experience has been very humbling,” he said. “From early conversations and reflection on how I could best serve in the role to now being selected is a testament to the people who have taken me under their wings and poured time and energy into me to, in turn, help others. It is now time to pay that forward and use this time to serve the faculty, students and families that make Magnet High what it is.”
Middleton credits his education in Caddo’s schools for preparing him for this moment.
“I am Caddo. This is the system that built me,” Middleton said. “I am proud to be a product of this system, to raise my family here in Shreveport and to be able to help grow this district that has given so much to me.”
Becoming the next principal of Magnet was not a position Middleton could have seen for his life when he was attending school in Caddo. During a difficult sophomore year which included family tragedies, Middleton was struck by the way his school’s administration and teachers wrapped around him to make sure he stayed on the path to become a successful adult.
“It was the adults who saw their calling as one to guide me and others like me and not let us fall through the cracks that put me on the path to where I am today,” Middleton said. “It is that servant heart and the way that I was served that made such an impact on my life and molded me into wanting to be that same leader for the students I serve.
Middleton, a 16-year education veteran with time in Caddo and DeSoto school systems, has served the past two years as an assistant principal at Huntington High School, where he oversaw student assessments including Advanced Placement, ACT, CLEP and WorkKeys. Additionally, Middleton was responsible for recruitment and retention of teachers as well as students and working to ensure each child had ample access to opportunities to explore their interests – whether rigorous advanced and honors instruction or quality career and technical education.
While at Huntington, Middleton managed the creation and implementation of the school’s app, available through the Apple App Store and Google Play, to provide real-time updates and information to stakeholders. The Huntington High School App is ranked in the top 10 nationally as one of the most used and best-managed school applications as determined by School Info App.
As the newest leader of Magnet High, Middleton said he is committed to carrying on the excellence that defines the campus while enhancing student opportunities, recruitment efforts and tools for stakeholders to learn more about what continues to set Magnet High apart.
Middleton becomes the fourth principal in the history of Magnet High, a two-time National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence which opened its doors in 1980. In recent years, the school has seen 19 students score perfect scores on the ACT and another 34 recognized as National Merit Scholarship Program Finalists. This year alone another 19 students have been named as semi-finalists in the annual National Merit announcement.
Monday’s news comes as Michael Ilgenfritz will soon be retiring after 30 years of service with Caddo Schools. Ilgenfritz became Magnet High’s principal in May 2014 and in that time secured another National Blue Ribbon for the campus and exponentially increased student performance on standardized tests to secure Magnet High’s rank as one of the top-performing schools in Louisiana.
The district will be working closely with Middleton and Ilgenfritz on a transition plan to meet the needs of the students and staff of Magnet High.