Joplin Schools is pleased to announce Dr. Shane Hopper as the new principal of Joplin High School, effective July 1, 2018.
Hopper is a successful educator with extensive experience as a secondary education leader. He began his educational career two decades ago with Saint Louis Public Schools.
From 2005-2015, Hopper served as head principal of McCluer North High School. He has been in Ritenour School District as the head principal the last three years.
“Dr. Hopper has a consistent record of school improvement at each campus he has served. His extensive experience leading large high schools in the St. Louis area coupled with his hometown knowledge of our own Joplin area climate and culture sets him up nicely to continue the positive momentum of Joplin High School,” said Dr. Melinda Moss, Superintendent.
“Those most familiar with Dr. Hopper highlight his commitment to positive relationships with
students and faculty while setting high expectations with follow-through.”
“We are excited to welcome Dr. Hopper to our team,” added Moss.
Dr. Hopper said he is very humbly looking forward to working in collaboration with the Eagle staff,
students, parents, and community members. “I am grateful, excited, and honored to lead Joplin
High School. I certainly understand the tradition and importance of the school to this community,”
Dr. Hopper said.
“I am genuinely excited and full of gratitude. To be given the opportunity to work with the
stakeholders of Joplin is something I take quite seriously.”
He will spend the summer having one-on-one meetings with high school staff and community, as
well as making home visits to meet with families.
Dr. Hopper earned his PhD in educational leadership from Saint Louis University, and both a
master’s in educational administration and a bachelor’s in education/English from Missouri State
He is a former Marine and native to Joplin. He attended Joplin Schools kindergarten through
seventh grade, prior to moving to Carl Junction and graduating high school there.
Hopper replaces Brandon Eggleston, who will become superintendent of the Seneca R-7 School District on July 1.