"What attracted me to Kingsley is its high academic standards. The staff is getting kids ready to compete. I am a firm believer that when you set high standards kids will come up and reach it. I can't speak enough to that because I believe nothing should be average."
Kingsley Schools is excited to welcome Chris Rapes as the new principal of Kingsley High School. Principal Rapes says he's excited to introduce himself to the community.
"The biggest elephant in the room is my last name. Having always wanted to be in education, it's not the greatest last name," he said.
Rapes is pronounced ray-pess.
Principal Rapes comes to the district with 11 years in education. He spent the past four years as the high school dean of students and middle school athletic director at Shelby Schools, and has also coached girls basketball and taught high school science and physical education.
He says he loves the tight-knit feel of the Kingsley community, and hopes to foster that feeling through meaningful relationships with families, students, and staff by being enthusiastically available for conversations big and small.
"There's a lot to be said about loyalty. I want to be here for the kids not just academically, but also socially and emotionally. They need someone to be there and be willing to carry that torch."
Get to know Principal Chris Rapes!
Hobbies: Snowmobiling, skiing, hiking. "It's nice to be able to just slow down and enjoy things, everything is so fast."
Favorite food: Breakfast
Education: Grand Valley State University Bachelor's degree in Physical Education and Biology, Cornerstone University Master's degree in Educational Leadership and Administration
Fun Fact: He played trumpet in high school. Currently, he's working on his private pilot's license!
Pets: One horse, one dog, plus a few bears that visit his property!
Principal Rapes is available at firstname.lastname@example.org and 231-263-5261 x4100.
Please note that KHS office hours may be limited during the summer months.