Chris Thorpe has been principal of Indian Land Middle School since 2013. He first started working for the Lancaster County School District in 1998.
According to the Lancaster School District’s official policy, “the purpose and the objectives of a middle school principal is to use leadership, supervisory and administrative skills to promote the educational development of the individual student and through that development, student achievement that insures school accreditation.”
Thorpe does that and more at Indian Land Middle School, which now has 672 students.
I saw a different talent of Thorpe’s on a recent Friday afternoon. He was in the middle of River Road in the cold, pouring rain with gusty winds, directing traffic in and out of not only the middle school, but also from the high school and nearby construction. I observed him because I was picking up kids from both the high school and the middle school and had to pass him twice. I was in awe of his professionalism, making all those hand motions to stop, go and turn.
I got home and checked the Internet to find out how you learn to direct traffic. I found that some police academies devote a half day to directing traffic. Most of this is spent at an intersection near the police academy. One class I read about all took turns for five minutes or so. That was about as long as you can direct traffic and have it still be fun.
Something else I learned as I studied is that if you direct traffic for 10 to 15 minutes at most areas of the United States, you will be convinced that the IQ of the motoring public roughly coincides with that of gerbils.
A big thank you for getting us home safe and sound, Mr. Thorpe.
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