Alan Cunningham has been an integral part of USD443 for more than forty years. He began his teaching career at Northwest Elementary School in Dodge City in 1974, where he taught 3rd, 4th, and 6th grades. He was named principal at Northwest in 1981. From 1990 through 1992, Alan served as principal at Wilroads Gardens Elementary School, while directing the school district’s integration of computer technology. In 1992, he became the district’s first Technology Director, and served in that position until being selected as Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction in 1999. He has been Superintendent of Schools since 2006.
Alan is a member of a number of professional and community organizations and boards, as well as being an active member of his church. He and his wife Sue have two children, both graduates of the Dodge City Public Schools, and their granddaughters currently attend Dodge City Public Schools.
Mr. Cunningham earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Oklahoma Baptist University and a Master’s degree from Kansas State University. He completed his building and district leadership licenses though Fort Hays State University. The 2016-2017 school year will be his 43rd year with the Dodge City Public Schools. Mr. Cunningham will be retiring at the end of the current school year.
“I’m honored to be a part of this school district. Pride in being a Red Demon, even if just by ‘adoption’ like me, permeates this community like nowhere I have ever seen. Each new generation of students entering our schools respects and honors that heritage through their school spirit, which is the envy of schools across our state,” he said. “For me, Dodge City has been a great place to learn and grow as an educator and as a person. It was a great place to begin my career, and is a great place to end it!”