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Paradise fire destroyed this school principal’s home. Hughson High welcomes him.

Loren Lighthall will become principal at Hughson High School in Hugshon, CA, as of July 1, 2019. He had to leave his job as principal at Paradise High School because his family could not find a replacement for the home they lost to the massive Camp Fire in 2018.
Loren Lighthall will become principal at Hughson High School in Hugshon, CA, as of July 1, 2019. He had to leave his job as principal at Paradise High School because his family could not find a replacement for the home they lost to the massive Camp Fire in 2018.

The next principal at Hughson High School will come from Paradise, where he lost his home to the massive Camp Fire last year.

Loren Lighthall will start his new job July 1, the board of the Hughson Unified School District agreed at its meeting Tuesday, April 9. It also named Megan Reisz principal of Hughson Elementary School.

Lightfall could not find a long-term replacement home for his large family after the fire, so he looked elsewhere and ended up in Hughson.

“It is with great sorrow that I am resigning as principal of Paradise High School,” he wrote on its Facebook page. “... Unfortunately, I have been unable to secure housing. As you know, my wife and I have seven children, including a 4-year-old, and we need to think about their needs and provide a stable environment for them.”

Lighthall will succeed Debra Davis, who is retiring after more than 30 years as a teacher, coach and administrator in Hughson.

He spent two years in the Paradise post and previously worked for large school districts in Southern California.

“We began to look at several areas in California and knew that we wanted to continue to live in a rural area,” Lighthall said in a Hughson district news release. “Hughson fits that bill and also has big-city conveniences very close.”

Reisz already lived near Hughson, where her three children attend district schools. She has been principal at John Muir Elementary School in Modesto for three years. She was an elementary school teacher in Oakdale and San Jose..

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