By: CHANDLER LUCAS
Throughout the 4 years that I – along with the rest of the senior class – have been on the El Diamante campus, we have gone through 3 principals. Freshman year, we got to witness the farewell tour of the remarkable Mr. Waters. We spent the next two years with a very different approach led by Mrs. Sanchez. But with Mrs. Sanchez leaving for the District Office, our school needed a new skipper. Mr. Hohne was introduced to the school at the end of last year. Although many people were hesitant to yet another new face sitting in the principal’s office, many others embraced the new guy with open arms and wide smiles. I was eager to have the opportunity to sit down and interview Mr. Hohne, and like many of the other students on campus, I had a lot of questions for him.
For starters, I was curious on what had driven Hohne out of a much higher pay roll at the DO, to come back to a campus and be a principal. Turns out, there technically wasn’t a reason. Hohne was given a temporary position at the District Office, and when his time had run out, he wanted to come back to his main love.
The words that stuck with me most is when Mr. Hohne said, “This is where my love is.” Hohne stated that as soon as the El Diamante job was open, he immediately applied for it because he wanted to get back to the job that gave him the opportunity to change lives.
“I love interacting with the kids,” Hohne said, “I love being able to go to games, I love having that Miner logo on my shirt because I love having the identity.” The identity. If there’s one thing students love from their administration, it’s definitely being able to interact as if they were friends. Being able to talk to the school principal as if he was just another student is a gift not every school has. And a gift that most students adore.
I then asked Mr. Hohne what he planned on changing, or if he had any new ideas or plans for the Green Sea. Hohne responded with, “Not a whole lot, we have a schedule and structure that no one has, there are tons of schools that would love to have block schedule. So I don’t plan on making an drastic changes.” Hohne also said he wanted to focus on improving our RTI system, since it is a system that gives students more capability to grow academically.
Throughout all the years Mr. Hohne has been a principal at other schools, one thing I was deeply curious about was what gives him his love for kids. Being a principal is not an easy job, and most of the time is pretty challenging, so when I wanted to know what gave him his love for students. Hohne referenced to his coaching days back in the mid 80’s. Being able to coach a kid up and make them a better athlete has driven him all these years, but not just sports, he wants that for all individuals. The growth a high school student will endure over their 4 years is unlike any growth they have ever had. They sprout from a young and timid freshman, to a much older and much more mature senior. Hohne loves seeing that growth. Even though this is his first year on the Miner campus, he loves being able to see the growth students make in the duration of the school year. All the way from August to June.
Naturally, there are going to be people that will see Mr. Hohne in a different perspective. I mean, that is why Taylor Swift made Shake it off. Haters gonna hate. I’ve witnessed instances where people have said they don’t like how upfront and, in a way, brutally honest Mr. Hohne is. People at this school aren’t used to having their principal interrupt the National Anthem at a rally to make sure it’s quiet. Although I personally love that, you can’t please everyone. But the last thing that Mr. Hohne said to me applies to every student on this campus. Hohne said that he wants every student on campus to keep their doors open.
“The last thing I want is for some of the kids to look back and say ‘Damn, I wish I worked harder’ I just want everyone here to leave with a smile knowing they gave it all they had.”
Mr. Hohne made it pretty clear that he not only wants to be here, he loves it here. Being a dream maker was one of the things he said that I found pretty darn cool. Having the capability to help someone hit the ground running is something that every principal should have, Hohne takes that to new heights. No one knows what’s in store for the school year. But the one thing that makes a school great is great leadership. El Diamante seems to be in good hands.