Clophus named 9th grade principal, Sulphur native wants all students to find success

Published 12:08 pm Saturday, July 16, 2022

Katherine Clophus, Ed. D., has been named principal of Sulphur High School 9th grade campus.

The Sulphur native has spent her career at Sulphur High School teaching science until 2015 then transitioning into the curriculum coordinator role from 2016-2019.

Most recently she has served as assistant principal at the main campus of the school.

“One of the things I am really passionate about is creating a one-school environment between the two campuses,” Clophus said, “to make sure students, teachers and staff have all the tools they need to be successful, that teachers are comfortable in the classroom and all they have to worry about is teaching as we handle the heavy stuff.”

Clophus said studies have shown that success in ninth grade can determine future success.

“I want each student to walk across the stage to post secondary education or training of some kind and be successful in life,” she said.

She wants to see everyone operating out of a spirit of excellence which she described as an intrinsic motivation to his or her best, not out of compliance.

Clophus shared that her paternal grandfather could not read at all. Her grandmothers had a ninth-grade education. Her mother, Emma Latour, went back to college to get a degree in nursing while her children were still in school. Her dad, Felix Latour, worked his way up at Phillips 66. 

“From the time I can remember, my parents instilled in me that I was going to college and made sacrifices in order for me to be who I am,” Clophus said. “I wish every student who walked through our doors had that type of support, love and belief in their ability to do great things.”