Cauthen joins LHS as assistant principal, student activities director

By Ja'zareia Duhon, Lufkin High School Panther Growls staff member

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Ty Cauthen has joined Lufkin High School as an assistant principal and student activities director.

New Lufkin High School Assistant Principal/Student Activities Director Ty Cauthen, second from right, stands with students Aspeion Maxie, Nillah Alexander, Mariela Palacios and Lizbeth Hernandez during Club Rush in the LHS cafeteria.

Cauthen said he had heard “really good things” about the Lufkin school system. He was working as a junior high principal in the Central school district but said he wanted to be on a high school campus again.

“I know, when most people graduate (from high school), they don’t usually come back,” he joked.

Cauthen, who was born in Woodville in 1989, said he starts every day with a prayer. He said his hobbies are listening to music — specifically, a genre called Latin dancehall — along with spending time on the beach, doing other outdoor activities, traveling and going out to eat. His favorite book is The Maze Runner, he loves Beyonce’s performances and singing, and one of his favorite movies is The Haunting in Connecticut.

When he’s not in school, Cauthen is a doctoral student at Texas A&M. He said he looks up to his father and his mentor. His favorite Bible verse is “The Lord is my refuge and strength,” in Psalms 46:1.

Cauthen said he believes everyone should think more about others than themselves. He said he likes Lufkin High School because the students are helpful and are willing to volunteer.

“Everyone is friendly,” he said.

Lufkin High School will host a blood drive on Wednesday, Aug. 28. Cauthen said his goal for the blood drive sign-ups was 60 people, but that 71 signed up. He said Student Council officers helped push the total past the goal.

Cauthen, a former agriculture science teacher, said he is ready to show off his school spirit at Friday night football games and that he looks forward to the LHS pep rallies.

He said he wants students to be more involved in extracurricular activities. He said he is working on a project called the Panther Bowl, which he would like to become a school tradition.