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Twin Falls High School principal dies suddenly

Posted at 9:41 AM, Sep 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-28 20:11:02-04

TWIN FALLS, Idaho — The Twin Falls School District announced in a letter to parents the principal of Twin Falls High School, Dan Vogt, has died suddenly.

The letter explained Vogt passed away at home with his wife Saturday night.

The letter reads in full:

Dear Twin Falls School District Community,

This morning the Twin Falls High School staff members were brought together to learn of the passing of a leader and friend, Dan Vogt. Dan passed away suddenly at home with his wife during the night of Saturday, September 27. Dan was a longtime educator in Twin Falls and many staff members, students, and community members had the opportunity to interact with him in a variety of capacities over the years. Dan most recently served as the Principal at Twin Fall High School. He will be remembered as someone who enjoyed seeing his students succeed and built a school community where educators felt supported.

Dan began his career in the Twin Falls School District as an American Government teacher at Twin Falls High School in 1993. He also served as a football, baseball, and basketball coach at TFHS at both the varsity and junior varsity levels. He left the TFSD for a brief time to work as a high school counselor at Jerome High School before returning to Twin Falls High School to fill the role of Vice Principal in 2006. Dan became Principal of Twin Falls High School in 2014.

Recovering from this loss will take time and as a district, we hope we can help the TFHS community with support and care. We ask that the community respect the privacy of Dan’s family. We will be working to ensure that additional counselors will be available for students and staff members on Monday morning.

Dr. Brady Dickinson Superintendent of Schools

Social media accounts associated with the school--and others in the area--have been sharing their memories and mourning the loss of Vogt. Many of them have decided to wear blue Monday in support of his family.

Jerome High School students wear blue in support of Twin Falls High School. (Photo courtesy: Jerome School District)

The district says Ryan Nesmith will be filling the role of Interim Principal for the remainder of the school year.

"In any high school, leadership is an incredibly important part of what keeps the school moving forward and achieving goals. We are confident that Ryan can and will lead TFHS through these challenging times," said Superintendent Brady Dickinson. "As a district, I am hopeful we can help support Mr. Nesmith, the staff members, and TFHS students as they endeavor to continue with this school year. Let’s rally around these educators and students so that they know how much we care for them in their time of need."