Thomas W. Poore is the founding President of John Paul II High School (JPIIHS) in Plano. He was named President in 2003 by Bishop Charles V. Grahmann, D.D., and he also serves as a member of the John Paul II High School Board of Directors (ex officio) and Trustees.
President Poore is credited with the start-up of JPIIHS and overseeing its early years of development. JPIIHS is the first diocesan Catholic High School to open in the Diocese of Dallas in over 40 years. President Poore continues to define and execute the strategic plan at JPIIHS and to focus on 21st Century Learning for all graduates. He guided the school during the initial land purchase, the design, the construction, and the opening in 2005. Throughout this process, he has emphasized the importance of the school’s vision and mission while expanding its enrollment and staff. Under his leadership, JPIIHS has emerged as a leader in Catholic college preparatory education in North Texas. The school continues to earn recognition in the areas of academics, athletics, and fine arts.
President Poore, a graduate of Jesuit High School in Dallas, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Edward’s University and a Master’s of Education degree from Stephen F. Austin University. He holds Superintendent and Mid-Management Certificates from Texas A&M Commerce. He worked for the Garland Independent School District for 26 years, serving eleven years as principal at South Garland High School. He left Garland to serve as Deputy Superintendent and Interim Superintendent of the Lancaster Independent School District.
He was named Principal of the Year in 1991 and 1994 by the Garland Council of PTAs. He was named Outstanding Principal in 1993 by the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals. He is a National Life Member of the National Congress of Parents and Teachers.
President Poore is a member of the National Catholic Education Association, the Association of Supervisors and Curriculum Directors, and the Texas Association of School Administrators. Poore currently serves as the chair of the Leadership Advisory Committee for the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools.