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Donald Merkel

It is my honor to serve as principal of Ford High School.  For the past 27 years, I have served the needs of students and teachers as a classroom teacher, publications advisor, academic sponsor, professional development planner, and school administrator.  As a campus leader, my primary focuses will be on the implementation of effective teaching strategies that lead to effective learning habits.


Bachelor of Science in Journalism from North Texas State University

Masters of Education from East Texas State University

Superintendent Certification from Texas A&M University


At Ford HS, we will focus on four primary goals.

Motivating our students to achieve, to succeed and to realize their personal potential.

Creating Relevance between all academic curriculum and real-life scenarios.

Building a base of Knowledge and encouraging all students to achieve beyond high school.

Developing Leadership potential in all students to prepare them for post-secondary pursuits.


I welcome all parents and family members to become active shareholders in the Ford High School education community.  



Mr. Merkel


Ford High School