New Fort Loramie Principal has Shelby County roots

By Tom Wisener -



FORT LORAMIE– Kreg Hollenbacher was recently hired as principal at Fort Loramie Jr/Sr High School.

Hollenbacher comes to Fort Loramie from Vandalia Butler schools. He taught there for ten years, mostly in the middle schools, where he taught 5th through 8th grade social studies and language arts. He also coached Varsity Golf and Junior High Basketball while at Vandalia Butler.

Hollenbacher graduated from Troy High School in 1997. After high school he received an Associate Degree from Edison Community College. He went on to receive a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Dayton in communications and marketing.

Teaching became a second career and he received his teaching licensure from Urbana University. He then went on to earn his Masters in Administration from Wright State University while teaching at Vandalia Butler. This will be his first administrative position.

Hollenbacher, who was born in Troy, is married to his wife Heather. They have two children, Johnston 7 and Bryn 2. They are currently residing in Pleasant Hill, where he is a member of their village council, but will be moving into the Fort Loramie area later this year.

Heather is also a teacher at the Upper Valley Career Center. He also has Shelby County connections within his family. His father, Darrel Hollenbacher, graduated from Fairlawn and his mother, Rita, was from Port Jefferson, graduated from Sidney, and an administrator at the UVCC.

His son’s name, Johnston, is actually his grandparent’s name. Cornelius Johnston was the mayor of Port Jefferson and used his name on Johnston/Slagel road. His grandfather, Harold Hollenbacher was on Fairlawn’s Board of Education and also served as a member of the Shelby County Board of Education.

When asked what brought him into administration he replied, “It was the opportunity for a new challenge.” While he was at Vandalia Butler he served in leadership roles in many committees and was encouraged by others, especially his mother, to explore the possibilities of becoming an administrator. Hollenbacher talked to several people about the Fort Loramie area and received many good remarks. He feels the small town atmosphere will be a good fit for him and the family.


By Tom Wisener