• Press Release


    June 11, 2020


    Hood River County School District names Columba Jones as interim principal at Hood River Valley High School

    HOOD RIVER, Oregon — The Hood River County School District has named Columba Jones interim principal at Hood River Valley High School starting July 1, 2020. Jones is currently an assistant principal at HRVHS. She takes over for Rich Polkinghorn, who is leaving to become superintendent of the district beginning July 1.

    Jones grew up in Hood River and graduated from HRVHS. After earning a degree in multidisciplinary studies from Eastern Oregon University, she returned to Hood River and got her first teaching job at Wy’East Middle School. She earned a masters in education administration from Concordia University, and served as interim vice principal at HRVHS in 2013-14. From 2014-18, Jones was principal at Wallace and Priscilla Stevenson Intermediate School in White Salmon, then returned to HRVHS as assistant principal. 

    Jones, who moved to Hood River as a child from Mexico, becomes the first bi-cultural principal at HRVHS.

    “Columba has a tireless motor,” Polkinghorn said. “She works so hard to support our students and staff. She has great ideas and is a great collaborator. She really has a heart for teaching and for kids.”

    Chrissy Reitz, HRCSD board chair, lauded the choice of Jones to lead HRVHS. “Columba is very thoughtful in the way she approaches all sorts of situations,” she said. “She tries to see things from all different perspectives. She’s very open and wants to hear from everybody.”

    The school district will work on filling Jones’s current position as assistant principal.