Hello, I am John Phelps and I am here to serve students, parents, staff and this wonderful community. This is my first year as the principal of Blaine High School, my fifth as a principal and my thirty-ninth year as an educator.
For thirty-four years I was a classroom teacher and a coach. As a classroom teacher I taught General Science, Physical Science, Earth Science, Biology and AP Biology to middle school, high school and in college, I also ran the schools green house. As a coach I was a head football coach for thirty-one years, head boys and girls track coach, baseball and basketball. In my spare time I did environmental studies on lakes and rivers.
Growing up in a rural community I worked on dairy, mint, sod and truck farms throughout grade and high school, my first job was on a dairy farm for 25 cents an hour. I helped put myself through college as a custodian, cook and restaurant manager while playing four years of both college football and baseball.
For 5 summers I was a Boy Scout camp counselor which rewarded me two wonderful gifts. The experience of teaching archery at the camp made me realize that my calling was education. The second reward was my wife Mary, her father was the camp ranger.
Mary and I have been married for thirty-seven years, and I have three children: John-34; Jondrea-33; Jacob 25, and four grandchildren: Emily-9; Gracie-6; John-3 and Sarah-3. I love skiing, bicycling, fishing, riding horses,camping, all types of music and working out but most of all my profession as a principal.
I have lived in this part of the country for 36 years always visiting the Twin Cities. In college many of my friends came from the Twin Cities. Many times we came over to the Met and watched the Twins play. As a coach I brought my football team over to watch games in the old Brickhouse-Memorial Stadium. I became familiar with Blaine High School in the early 80’s when I came over to discuss the Wing-T with Don Larson, the head coach at the time. From then on I kept an eye on Blaine. It is great to be back in the area, a new comer to this district-Twin Cities and truly my privilege to be here in Blaine serving this community as its high school principal.