A career in education ends after 46-years.
Due to the cancellation of a Spring 2005 Derby High School Track Meet, Dale Liston became Principal at Wellington High School. Liston, at that time DHS Assistant Principal, usually assisted with track meets there. However, he chose that day to attend one in Wellington. "On the way to the meet, I drove by the new WHS building and thought it was very nice," stated Liston. "And I thought, maybe someday..." He put the word out that he was interested should an opening surface. Shelley Hansel-Williams, a close friend, called not long afterword to let him know that a new principal was being sought for WHS. Liston was one of three from Derby who applied for the position. He began here in July which was the start of the second year for the high school at the current location. Liston note two highlights of his career in Wellington. He is especially proud of putting together staff and creating a "family" atmosphere encompassing staff and students within the high school. Getting to know students and their families and seeing positive changes in students' lives was very enjoyable for him. "One of my goals was to 'get the right people on the bus'." Liston quoted from one of his favorite books, Good to Great by Jim Collins that outlined organizational goals. "I've been blessed to be able to get the right people on the bus." Collins' book was recommended as one of the books all staff read. To further emphasize the "family" at WHS, Liston provided t-shirts for staff at his own expense. "We have great staff, great students, and great expectations," added Liston. His fondest memories include the nice things students have said about his seven year leadership. He also enjoyed watching the girls' basketball team's development over the past four years and is still excited about their accomplishments and reaching the State Finals this season. Although Liston was born and raised in Ohio and began his career in education there, once he got to Kansas, he never left. Five of the Listons' seven children live in the state. Fourteen grandchildren and one great grandchild will continue to keep Liston and Dolores, his wife, busy when they are not travelling after his last day at WHS. Liston's list of careers and duties during his 46 years in education are numerous. He began teaching and coaching in 1966 in Toledo, Ohio. In 1974 he coached college football at Manchester College in Indiana. His administrative career began at Lakeview Middle School in Warsaw, Indiana. The Listons moved to Kansas in 1979 when he signed on at Friends University as Head Football Coach and Athletic Director. Liston was Assistant Principal at Wichita Heights for two years and then at Derby for seven years before coming to Wellington. He is retiring after seven years at WHS. "I've said many times that I have been blessed to be a part of Wellington High School," stated Liston. "I'd like to thank everyone who has helped make my years here so enjoyable." He extended his appreciation to the community, his family, WHS Staff, and others who helped to "raise the bar."