Minot Central Campus Principal looks back on legacy

MINOT, N.D. - There will be a new leader at Minot Central Campus next year.

Principal Keith Altendorf is retiring.

Altendorf's been principal at the school for 21 years, and he began as assistant principal in 1994.

“This is a great place to be and we have a wonderful faculty and great students, and our faculty just really cares about students, and that's just really important,” he said.

In his time at the school, Altendorf touts building expansions as well as some national recognition for the school's academic programs.

“He's done a tremendous job of pushing forward education first for students. He's been a tremendous proponent for us as teachers. And really we've seen some positive changes take place in our building,” said Dean Winczewski, Central Campus teacher.

But it's the relationships with teachers and students that perhaps are his biggest legacy.

“I have never met an individual who is more willing to determine which hat I am wearing depending on what I'm talking to him about. It's going to be very hard to not have him here as our principal,” said Lisa Wolf, Central Campus teacher.

“Mr. Altendorf is always very open to new ideas. I go to him with a crazy idea at least once a month for student council or some other club, and he's always very willing to help me out with it,” said Annabelle Barcomb, sophomore.

“I think he's a great principal. I love the connection he has with all of his students. He always says hi to me in the halls. He sits at lunch and he comes to our tables, and he talks to us, asks how our day is,” said Deonte Martinez, sophomore.

The students say they'll miss Principal Altendorf's high-fives every morning.

“The contact with students every single day. They're a lot of fun. If you treat them with respect, they'll respect you back,” said Altendorf.

While he may be done roaming the halls, you're sure to find him around the Magic City.

Altendorf says he's gonna enjoy some fishing in his retirement, among other activities.

Meanwhile, Harlan Johnson will take over as principal at Central Campus.