OWATONNA — A former Owatonna High School teacher and state representative has been named the new principal for OHS, the school district announced on Thursday.

Kory Kath will begin his position as the principal for Owatonna High School on July, the district said in a press release issued Thursday afternoon.

“We are excited for Mr. Kath to join our administrative team as the new principal for the high school,” Jeff Elstad, superintendent of Owatonna Public Schools, said in the statement. “Mr. Kath’s background, experience and connection to the Owatonna community will be a great addition.”

Kath comes to OHS from the Mankato Public School District where he was employed for the past seven years, serving most recently as the principal at Eagle Lake Elementary School. Prior to that, he was the assistant principal of Mankato East High School.

Before his stint in the Mankato school district, Kath, a Steele County native, was a social studies teacher at Owatonna High School, where he taught American studies, economics and political science.

During his career at OHS, in 2008, Kath, a DFLer, was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives, representing District 26A, which included the cities of Owatonna and Waseca. He was re-elected in 2010. During his four years in the Legislature, Kath served a vice chair of the House K-12 Education Policy and Oversight Committee, and was a member of the Agriculture, Rural Economies and Veterans Affair Committee and the Public Safety Policy and Oversight Committee, among other assignments.

He did not seek re-election in 2012.

A graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College with a bachelor of arts in political science and secondary education, Kath also earned an M.S. in Educational Leadership from Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall.

“I am excited to work alongside Owatonna students, staff and community,” Kath said in the statement. “Collaboration and the development of relationships will be my first order of business to assist in making a seamless transition for all.”

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Jeffrey Jackson is the managing editor of the Owatonna People's Press. He can be reached at 507-444-2371 or via email at jjackson@owatonna.com

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