Back from school

City council thanks retired
Joliet Central principal John Randich

By Marney Simon | For The Bugle

Courtesy of Joliet Central High School.

Courtesy of Joliet Central High School.

Joliet City Council members honored retired Joliet Central High School principal John Randich for his almost four decades of service to area students.

The council unanimously approved a proclamation at its June 16 meeting, and thanked Randich for his years of dedication and service to the education profession.

“The role of a principal has changed over the years, it does provide many opportunities as well as many challenges,” the proclamation reads. “John has overseen a higher-quality curriculum for students as well as more student activities and athletics. One great reward of the job among many is seeing his own students and athletes return to educate students.”

Randich expressed his thanks to the council for the honor.

“I’m really grateful for this,” Randich said. “Being a lifetime Joliet resident, it really means a lot to get this recognition from all of you.”

Randich noted that as a principal, he’s been supported over his career by both his family and his school family, including the school board, staff and students.

Two former students now hold prominent roles in the community: Joliet Fire Chief Joseph Formhals, and Councilman John Gerl. Randich even remembered Gerl’s contribution in a key game during his high school baseball career.

“He did hit a homerun in the regional championship,” Randich said. “He came through.”

Randich is a lifelong Joliet resident, with 39 years in education. A 1972 graduate of Joliet Central, the newly retired principal attended University of St. Francis, and joined the staff at Joliet Central in 1984 as a teacher and coach. He became principal in 2007.

Randich said that the most rewarding part of being an educator in his hometown is watching the students who have passed through the halls of Joliet Central go on to become productive adults.

“As a teacher, coach and principal, I’ve been blessed with many former students who have done well,” he said. “That’s really our reward in our profession, to see how well young people do in their personal and professional lives.”

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