KEARNEY — “KPS’s history of excellence in the classroom, your beautiful new facilities, the overall success of your activities and athletic programs, and the support from the stakeholders is what drew our family to Kearney,” said new Kearney High School Principal Christopher Loofe.

Kearney Public Schools announced Monday the hiring of Loofe, who begins his new position Aug. 1. Loofe replaces Jay Dostal, who took a high school principal position at Fayetteville High School in Arkansas.

Loofe said, “I am excited for the opportunity to serve the Kearney Public Schools and the community.”

For the last six years, Loofe served as an assistant principal and athletic director at Millard West High School in Omaha.

His career includes eight years in the Omaha Public Schools as an assistant principal and athletic director at Omaha Bryan and Omaha Burke. He also taught special education in Red Oak, Iowa; Millard West High School; and Wayne High School.

KPS Superintendent Kent Edwards said: “We are excited to welcome Dr. Christopher Loofe to the Kearney Public Schools. There were many qualified candidates for this position, but Dr. Loofe’s experience and extensive knowledge and experience in developing premier educational programs made him the perfect candidate to fulfill this role and easily move forward with our strategic plan. Dr. Loofe has a natural ability to develop relationships with staff, students and families, and will provide a smooth transition.”

Loofe has a doctorate of education in educational administration from University of Nebraska-Omaha, a 7-12 endorsement in administration from Wayne State College, an master’s degree in special education from UNO, a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from UNO, and a bachelor’s degree in sports management and business administration from Wayne State College.

He is a member of the Nebraska Association of Secondary School Principals, Nebraska State Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association and the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association.

“My initial priorities include getting to know and listen to the faculty and current leadership team, so I can begin to learn the history and culture of Kearney High School,” said Loofe. “I also need to spend time with the central office leadership team to learn the KPS policies and procedures, as well as begin to foster meaningful relationships with our community leaders and current stakeholders.”

Loofe’s wife, Kim, also is in education and has served as a special education teacher and reading specialist for 18 years. They have 19-year-old twin daughters, Lauren and Madeline, who currently are completing their first year of college at South Dakota State University in Brookings, S.D., and the University of Nebraska-Omaha, respectively. They also have an 11-year-old son Charles, who will be in the sixth grade this fall.