Mason County High School Principal Chris O’Hearn has said he will retire at the end of the current school year.
O’Hearn said he recently submitted his intention to retire to Superintendent Rick Ross.
O’Hearn has been an administrator at MCHS for 17 years. Before that, he was a teacher for five years.
“Our district has seen many positive changes in that time in which I am very proud,” he said. “Also, I have coached basketball for 16 years; 11 of those years were as the head coach in which we had tremendous success including winning a state championship in 2008, a final four in 2010 and four regional championships to go along with nine district championships. In those 11 years, Mason County was the fifth-winningest program in the state of Kentucky.”
O’Hearn said he will miss the students and staff in the district, but he believes it is time for him to move on.
“The students and staff that I have had the pleasure to work with over the last 22 years have made this job special. And I leave this position with mixed feelings as I will certainly miss that interaction with faculty and students,” he said. “Having the opportunity to help someone, a student in need or a staff member, on a daily basis, has been very gratifying to me on a personal level.”
O’Hearn said he is unsure of his plans for the future, but he knows part of it will include spending time watching his daughter, Olivia, participate in local sports.
“I plan on pursuing employment in which I can help people, just like being an educator, but maybe without the daily demands of a principal,” he said.
Superintendent Rick Ross said O’Hearn will be missed by the district.
“There is none better than Chris O’Hearn. He’s a hometown hero who returned as a teacher, state championship-winning coach, and servant-leader administrator,” he said. “I would imagine he has positively influenced hundreds of students over his career. We wish him the best. He will always be part of the Royals family.”