I walked through the doors of Dayton Middle/High School on my first day as principal and swelled with feelings of nostalgia, pride and appreciation. Linda Brandenburg (our front office "Mom") welcomed me with a smile and I was immediately taken back to my childhood as a student and Greendevil. Teachers like Rosanne Sharon, Dan Ridder, Dianne Huff and Mike Groh taught me much more than business, drafting, trigonometry and physics... they instilled a sense of worth, confidence and pride that shaped who I am today.
I grew up in a small house on 5th Avenue, not far from Lincoln Elementary, with fond memories of bottle hunting to buy penny candy at the Dime Store, grabbing a foot long at the Dayton Dairy Queen, little league games on the Avenue Carryout team and daring jumps from the high diving board at Tacoma swimming pool. My dad graduated from Dayton High School in 1966 and my parents taught me the value of family and a hard day's work. I'm proud to say that I see the very same nurturing Dayton spirit in our teachers and staff today that impacted me in such a profound way as a young man.
Upon graduating from Dayton in 1991, I went on to earn my bachelor's degree in psychology and sociology at NKU in 1996, before working as a talent agent for several years. In 2001 I began a rewarding career as a special education teacher for ten years, led as an assistant principal for four years and had the honor of learning and leading with John Riehemann at Lloyd high school. Then in 2015, I expanded innovative learning opportunities across the region as a coordinator in Boone County Schools. I launched NKY MakerSpace in collaboration with schools, communities, local advanced manufacturers and the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. I am a self professed nerd, innovative maker, father of three and husband to my amazing wife, DJ Kellinghaus (DHS class of '92).
Dayton schools are continuing our mission to inspire, engage and grow every student, working to reach 100% college and career readiness, as well as proficient ratings for a third year in a row. We are offering early college options so our students can earn college credits while in high school. Our goal is to become a distinguished school. I look forward to meeting our students and celebrating success with the class of 2017. We'll kick off our school year with home football games against Brossart and Bellevue. Please join us at Davis Field for our first game on Friday, August 19th!
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Ryan Kellinghaus, Principal
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