Grand County High principal retiring after 31 years

Decision follows tense clash with students, parents over taunting

Dr. Stephen Hren

After 13 years at the helm, Grand County High School Principal Stephen Hren announced last week during a school district board meeting that he would resign from the position at the end of the school year, citing exhaustion from the job.

When asked for additional comment about the resignation the next day, Hren declined.

Hren had been a high school science teacher for 18 years prior to his promotion to GCHS principal in 2007, and he coached football for five of those years. In an interview with The Times-Independent in 2007, he said he “would have laughed” as a high schooler had someone told him at that young age he would eventually be a principal.

“This journey I have taken has improved me as an individual, not the shy, quiet kid I was,” Hren said in 2007.

Hren’s resignation came one week after students at a Red Devils basketball game doffed sweatshirts and hoodies to reveal shirts saying “Warm the Bus Up” at the end of a game against the Grand Junction Tigers that the Red Devils won 85-82, when Hren ejected the students from the game, leading to their suspension from three subsequent games.

Although the Utah High School Activities Association issued a statement after the ejections that said it would not tolerate “taunting,” implicitly backing Hren’s decision, students seeking to continue the chant and parents who had made similar jeers when they were GCHS students lashed out at the principal and his fellow administrators.