Commerce High School Principal named

Commerce – Virdie Montgomery has been named principal of Commerce High School.

Mr. Montgomery has been a school administrator for the past 16 years having served as assistant principal of Wylie High School for the last two years.

He was principal of Levelland High School, a four-A school at the time, for five years and prior to that served as Levelland Middle School principal for seven years.

He was also a secondary principal for two years at Claude ISD.

As a social studies teacher/coach at Brownfield High School, Mr. Montgomery took the tennis team to the state competition 11 times in his 13 years as head coach. He has been inducted into the Texas Tennis Coaches Hall of Fame.

Levelland High and Middle Schools earned the Texas Education Agency Recognized status under the leadership of Montgomery.

Montgomery is the sponsor for the Wylie High School Friends of Rachel Club which has received national recognition and is currently the model for all Friends of Rachel Clubs in the U.S. (Rachel is the first victim in the Columbine school tragedy.)

Rachel's Challenge encourages students to show acts of kindness and compassion in their school and in their community.

I'm really excited to be in Commerce. I can't wait to be a Tiger and to meet the kids. Any dream we have is achievable, Montgomery said.

Montgomery begins his duties as principal Tuesday. He replaces Mitch Curry, who has accepted the principal's post at Scott Johnson Middle School in McKinney.