Richard Briggs a 1981 graduate of Bridge City High School has been named as the new high school principal, replacing Gina Mannino, the current high school principal. She will be promoted to the administration office as the new executive director of curriculum and instruction.

Brigs is currently the alternative campus principal in the Port Neches-Groves Independent School District. Before being hired in his current job at PN-G, Briggs was employed with the Bridge City Independent School District for 19 years as a coach, beginning in the 1985-1986 school year.

“I am happy to be returning to Bridge City and look forward to working with all the staff and administrators. We have an excellent school district and have exciting plans for the future”, Briggs said.

Briggs and his wife Cindy, have two daughters. Rachel who is a 2005 graduate of BCHS and, Samantha, a 2007 graduate of Bridge City.

Briggs will begin his new job on March 31. “I will be working with Ms. Mannino and learning the planning and staffing and the general working of the system,” he said. “I am appreciative of the opportunity to learn from her.”

Mannino has served three years as principal of Sims Elementary and the last two years as principal of Bridge City High School.

Graduating  from Bridge City in 1984, she is the first BCHS graduate to be employed as a principal and the first female principal of Bridge City High School.

Mannino will begin her administrative position on June 1, following graduation on May 31.

“I feel that the school board has made an excellent choice in filling both of these positions,” Superintendent Dr. Jamie Harrison. “They are both highly capable of doing a fine job and are both highly qualified for their respective positions.”