Dolan Named New WPHS Principal

WHEELING — Bernard “Bernie” Dolan on Wednesday was named principal of Wheeling Park High School — the sixth principal since the school opened in 1976.

During a regular meeting Wednesday, the Ohio County Board of Education approved the administration’s recommendation to appoint Dolan to the position, effective July 1.

Currently, Dolan serves as Wheeling Park High School assistant principal and activities/athletic director. Superintendent Lawrence Miller said Dolan is an outstanding person for the position of WPHS principal.

”This is very exciting for me,” Dolan said. ”Wheeling Park High School means a lot not only to myself, but to my family.”

Thanking his colleagues as well as his family, Dolan said he will be stepping into a different role — something he views as exciting.

”Wheeling Park is a great place to be,” Dolan said. ”Wheeling Park has something for everyone, and they all get a chance to shine.”

Board member Thomas Innocenti said Dolan is a product of the school system who will do fine in his new position.

”My sincere congratulations,” Innocenti said. ”You deserve it, young man.”

A graduate of Wheeling Park High School, Dolan earned his bachelor’s degree in secondary education with specializations in mathematics and safety from West Virginia University. He obtained his master’s degree in safety and environmental engineering from WVU. Dolan also received an educational administrative certificate from Salem International University.

Dolan has been employed by Ohio County Schools for 23 years, having taught math and driver education for 15 years. He served as the WPHS technology coordinator for two years before working as an assistant principal and activities/athletics director.

He was also the boys and girls head track coach for 12 years and an assistant football coach for 17 years. Dolan acted as the director of the West Virginia Secondary Schools Activities Commission Super Six Football Championships for six years.

He has been married to his wife, Jeannette, for 23 years, and they have three children — Joseph, 21; Claire, 18; and Nathan, 15. Dolan’s mother, Mary, was a member of the Ohio County Board of Education from 1972-92.

His sisters — Peggy, a foreign language teacher at WPHS, and Mary Palma, a math teacher at Wheeling Middle School — are both National Board Certified educators.

Many of Dolan’s family members and colleagues attended the board meeting to congratulate him on his success.