Longtime DY High School Educator Named Principal

Paul Funk was chosen as the new principal of Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School.

YARMOUTH – School officials in the Dennis-Yarmouth Regional School District have selected a familiar face to lead the high school.

Paul Funk was chosen to replace George Morrison, who is retiring.

Funk has spent nearly two decades at the school as an educator, administrator and in the athletic department. He was previously a science teacher and currently serves as assistant principal, athletic director and football coach.

“I’m excited to start. I really am,” said Funk. “This is a great place. It is a fantastic school district and I’ll be going on 19 years here.”

Funk was chosen from a field of 30 applicants. It was narrowed to eight for a first round of interviews. Six applicants then attended a “round-robin-style” interview with nearly 90 people participating, including students, parents and staff.

Nearly 500 community members participated in a survey to provide information on what characteristics they would like to see in a new principal at the beginning of the search process.

Superintendent Carol Woodbury then interviewed the three finalists, with Funk being the choice.

“I need to thank the students who were involved, the teachers who were involved and the parents who were involved in the hiring process,” Funk said. “It was extremely interesting and I can’t tell you how excited I am to get started.”

Funk said it was the students who asked the toughest questions during the interview process.

“That is a tribute to the parents and the teachers who have brought up these kids since they were young,” he said. “They care about the school. They care about the community and I couldn’t be prouder to have the opportunity to work with those kids day in and day out.”

Regional school committee member Joseph Tierney said Funk will do a tremendous job during a recent meeting.

“It’s going to be a really exciting time for DY,” Tierney said. “You have a couple big pairs of shoes to fill and I think you will fill them well.”

Funk will take over the role on July 1.

Funk said he would no longer serve as the school’s football coach.

About Brian Merchant

Brian Merchant grew up in Central Massachusetts and now lives in South Dennis on the Cape. He has been part of the news team in the CapeCod.com NewsCenter since the spring of 2014. He studied radio broadcasting at the University of Tennessee.

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