Booher named PHS principal

Jason Booher, left, embraces his former player and current Pikeville High head basketball coach Elisha Justice after Justice was introduced as coach in 2016. Booher, who was then the athletics director, was named principal for the high school Friday.

Pikeville High School Assistant Principal and Athletic Director Jason Booher was named the new principal for the school Friday, according to Pikeville Independent Schools Superintendent Jerry Green.

The School-Based Decision Making Council hired Booher as the next instructional leader of Pikeville High School, the school said in a press release Monday. Booher has 22 years of experience spanning rural, military, inner city and independent school systems.

“We look forward to Mr. Booher to continue to build on what Principal David Thomas has led at PHS for the past four years,” Green said. “Although Mr. Booher is known throughout the commonwealth as a hall of fame coach, he will now have the opportunity to impact many more lives and, we believe, he will have even greater success as principal of Pikeville High School.”

Booher replaces Thomas, who retired from the position this summer after 31 years of teaching, coaching and leading at Pikeville High School. Booher has served as assistant principal for the past four years.

Booher served 12 years as head boys’ basketball coach at Holmes High School in Covington and Shelby Valley High School. His 2010 Shelby Valley team is the only team in state history to win both the All “A” State Championship and the Sweet 16 State Championship in the same season and he was named the Kentucky High School Athletic Directors Association’s 2009 Outstanding Coach of the Year for all sports. 

“Pikeville High School has had a rich tradition of academic excellence for over a century now. I am honored to be selected as the next principal to lead this great school. We have an outstanding staff, student body and community that makes being a Panther so special,” Booher said. “I am excited about this new opportunity and look forward to the challenge of leading one of the state’s best schools.”

Booher has also spoken in several states about the dangers of drinking and driving. Booher is a survivor of the nation’s worst drinking and driving crash, the Carrollton bus crash. 

Booher is married to Hilary Howard Booher and they have two children, Harrison, a junior at PHS, and Jewel, a sophomore at PHS.


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