Former Paradise High School Principal Lands New Job

Former Paradise High School Principal Loren Lighthall is getting a fresh start.

Nearly nine months after the worst fire in California’s history destroyed his home and virtually his entire town, Lighthall has landed a new job. The Modesto Bee reports that he’s the new principal of Hughson High School in the Stanislaus County city of Hughson.

“I was very impressed with his focus on students and being actively involved in his community and instilling pride in Paradise,” Superintendent Brenda Smith told the Bee.

The school’s last principal, Debra Davis, recently retired after more than 30 years with the district.

Lighthall and his wife Rachel have seven children, four of whom live at home, so finding a house that would be both comfortable and affordable was a challenge. They’re now renting a house on an almond farm, according to the Bee.