Brenda Dennis

A Lebanon High School graduate was hired Monday night as the new Houston High School principal.

Dr. Dan Vandiver, superintendent, said Brenda Dennis verbally accepted the position Tuesday morning following an interview with the board of education. Dennis was among three finalists who met with the board Monday.

Dennis, who replaces outgoing HHS principal Ben Yocom, has 10 years of experience in education. She is currently the administrative assistant and counselor at Colonial Middle School in Memphis, Tenn.

“I believe Ms. Dennis brings a great deal of knowledge and positive educational experience with her to our district,” Vandiver said. “She is very enthusiastic and passionate about education and serving students.”

Vandiver said the district received 19 applications for the principal opening. Seven were interviewed by a staff committee and administrative team. Four were named finalists. Vandiver said one candidate withdrew prior to the board interviews.

Dennis graduated from Lebanon High School in 1993 and attended East Central College in Union on a basketball scholarship. She graduated from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, Wisc. — where she also played basketball –and attended graduate school at Freed-Hardeman in Memphis.

Beyond building relationships with the high school staff, Dennis said the district’s graduation rate and preparing students for collegiate careers would be among her top priorities.

“I’m excited to be a part of this district and all the positive things there,” Dennis said.

Dennis has an 11-year-old daughter, Dekyra, who will be a seventh grader at Houston Middle School next year. Dennis’ duties begin July 1.

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