Gogel named Southridge Middle School principal


HUNTINGBURG — Southridge Middle School will have a new leader next year when Greg Gogel takes the helm as principal of the school.


The Southwest Dubois County School Board approved Gogel, 33, to fill the position at its monthly meeting Monday night.

“I’m just extremely blessed and excited for the opportunity to work for a great corporation in a great community,” the Huntingburg man said after the meeting.

Since last summer, Gogel has served as the assistant principal and athletic director at South Spencer High School as well as the athletic director at South Spencer Middle School in Rockport. Prior to taking that job, he worked at Heritage Hills High School for four years as a social sciences teacher and was the school’s head baseball coach for three years.

He attended Hanover College where he majored in political science — and played both baseball and football — and began his teaching career at Crawford County High School in 2007.

Gogel completed his master’s degree in building level administration at Oakland City University in 2016. He grew up in Mariah Hill and graduated from Heritage Hills High School in 2003.

He said after Monday’s school board meeting that he is “really excited to be a principal.” He was excited about what he could provide a community as an athletic director when he took the South Spencer job because he had been a coach for so long, but is now looking forward to spending more time with his family in the evenings and working closer to home. Becoming a principal has always been his goal.

He lives with his wife and Southridge graduate, Jenna, and their two boys, Knox, 4, and Krew, 1. Jenna owns Optimal Performance Chiropractic on Main Street in Huntingburg.

Superintendent Tim LaGrange said in a Tuesday morning phone interview that he is excited to welcome Gogel to the Raider family. The corporation had a large applicant pool — around 25 candidates — and Gogel “clearly stood out through the interview process,” LaGrange said.

Current Southridge Middle School Principal Kelly Murphy will step down from the post after holding the position for two years. Next school year, he will take over as assistant principal at Huntingburg Elementary and as the corporation transportation director.

LaGrange praised Murphy for his continued work with the corporation and is looking forward to him joining the administrative team at the elementary school. Huntingburg Elementary received a D grade when last year’s Indiana Department of Education accountability grades were released, and LaGrange said that while that isn’t the only measure of success at a school, he thinks that Murphy and Principal Chad Whitehead’s combined leadership can help turn the building around.

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