Return to Headlines

Johnny Hullinger named next Middleton High School Principal

Former Middleton High School teacher and Dean of Students Johnny Hullinger will be the school’s next principal after the Middleton trustees unanimously approved Superintendent Marc Gee’s recommendation Monday night. 

Johnny Hullinger Headshot

Hullinger is currently an assistant principal at Eagle High School. He worked at MHS between 2016 and 2020. He lives in Middleton with his wife Becca and four children; three of them are enrolled in Middleton schools.  

“I am confident, moving forward into the coming years, that Mr. Hullinger will be an excellent leader and advocate for staff and the students of Middleton High School,” Gee said. 

“I am incredibly grateful and excited for the opportunity to return to Middleton High School,” Hullinger said. “I love this community and I look forward to building on the great work that has been done here.”

References for Hullinger complimented the administrator’s commitment to students and efforts to encourage a positive school culture, build trust with teachers with humility, honesty and a growth mindset.

One Eagle colleague said:  “I’ve never met an administrator that cares so deeply about students and wants what is best for the entire school community.”

In his application, Hullinger described himself as an energetic and dedicated educator willing to collaborate with teachers, families and counselors, as well as an “optimist who sees problems as opportunities for growth rather than roadblocks.”

“I am ready to embrace the challenges ahead and work with our students, teachers, staff, and community to help make Middleton High the standard for excellence in the state,” Hullinger said. 

 Hullinger graduated from Weiser High School, earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Brigham Young University and his Master’s in Educational Leadership from Northwest Nazarene University. 

“I also want to thank those who served on the hiring committee.  It was a very difficult decision to make, and I really want to thank them publicly for volunteering their time to help make this decision.  All of the candidates we interviewed had tremendous qualities which made the decision hard to narrow down.” 

“I appreciate everyone's patience and participation in the hiring process,” Gee said.  “I received many emails and survey results from so many of you and it definitely helped in the process.”. 

Middleton High School Principal Brian Rothe announced in November that he would retire in June so the Middleton School District had plenty of time to hire a new principal.

Rothe said he’s excited to welcome Hullinger back to Viking Land. An open house to meet Hullinger and learn more about some new innovative opportunities for students will be held at 6 pm Wednesday, February 22, at the MHS Commons. 

“I’m excited for Middleton High School, the staff and families,” Rothe said. “Johnny understands the Viking Culture that we’ve tried to cultivate here and he will work hard to build on that.” 

Gee said the hiring process was extensive. Of the fifteen applications, eight were selected to be interviewed by the hiring committee. After that, three finalists were selected and they each participated in work sessions and a final interview before a decision was made.  All interviews were guided by feedback given by parents, students, and teachers on a survey sent out in December.   The hiring committee consisted of high school faculty and staff as well as parents of Middleton students.