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Press Release: Lathrop High School Principal | January 19, 2023


Date: January 19, 2023

Subject: Lathrop High School Principal


The Fairbanks North Star Borough School District is pleased to announce Neil Hecht as the new Principal for Lathrop High School starting the 2023-24 school year.  

Neil has eleven years of experience as a high school assistant principal and principal. Neil first moved to Alaska in 2016 and became assistant principal at Kodiak High School in Kodiak, Alaska, then became the principal in 2020. Before moving to Alaska, Neil’s family lived in North Carolina for almost twenty years. He was a high school assistant principal, technology teacher, and elementary teacher while there. Prior to becoming an educator, Neil served in the U.S. Marine Corps for over nine years.

In June of 2022, Neil moved to Fairbanks to work as the assistant director of Human Resources for the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District. He stated, “This has been a wonderful experience to become familiar with the district and all the great educators we have working in the school.”

“Neil has been wonderful to work with this past year in his capacity as Assistant Human Resources Director and a great addition to the FNSBSD team. I am looking forward to him taking his experience and expertise to the Lathrop community,” said Karen Melin, Chief School Administrator.

Principal Hecht shared, “I am honored to be selected as the principal for Lathrop High School, being a building educator is so much part of who I am. I look forward to the next school year to be able to work with the Lathrop community of students, parents, and educators to do great things together. I am a student centered educator who hopes to continue the strong traditions and sense of community that makes Lathrop High School a great place to learn.”

For more information, please contact: Joshua DuVall, Director of Communications, (907) 452-2000 ext.11438,