In Memory

Dave Pendleton

Dave Pendleton

Dr. David Pendleton

December 20, 1946 ~ December 26, 2013


David Pendleton of Lenexa, Kan., died Dec. 26, 2013, at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., where he had been a patient since June. He was 67. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at Countryside Christian Church, 6101 Nall Ave., Mission, Kan. The son of Robert Eugene "Gene" and Dorothy Lovett Pendleton, he was born on Dec. 20, 1946, in Neodesha, Kan. He graduated from Neodesha High School in 1965. He later earned his Bachelor of Science degree and his master's degree in education from Emporia State University. In 1977 he received his doctorate in education from the University of Kansas. He later married Nancy Parks, who preceded him in death. In 2003, he married Vickie Carver, they were later divorced. David served as a teacher and coach at Highland Park High School from 1969-71 before serving as a teacher (Shawnee Mission Northwest High School), assistant principal (Nallwood Junior High), associate principal (Shawnee Mission South) and principal (Shawnee Mission North) in the Shawnee Mission School District from 1971-1985. After serving as assistant principal and associate superintendent in the Basehor-Linwood School District, He rose to the position of superintendent in 1996. From 2001-2006 he was the superintendent at Region 14 School District in Woodbury, Conn. David worked as the assistant deputy superintendent for the Bibb County School District in Macon, Ga., from the summer of 2010 to December 2011. He was also a licensed real estate broker in both Kansas and Missouri. His work entailed the management of commercial real estate development, and he was partner in a commercial real estate management firm. He was the recipient of Apple's 1998 Kansas Outstanding Innovation Award as well as the National Distinguished Educator Award. He was the 1999 chairman of the Kansas Council of Superintendents and the 2000 president of the KAW Valley Superintendents' Association. He was the chairman of the Board of Directors for KanNet and the 1992 Kansas Association of School Curriculum "Developer of the Year." He is survived by two daughters, Amy and Annie; and one sister, Laticia Wooten and her husband Brian of Neodesha. He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Barbara and Susie. A scholarship will be founded in his name. Contributions may be made to the NHS Alumni Scholarship Fund and left at Depew Law Firm, 620 Main St., Neodesha, Kan.


Published in Kansas City Star on Jan. 22, 2014


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05/22/18 05:18 AM #1    

Dennis "Mac" McDaniel

Earlier this evening as we were updating our website with different and exciting news of our beloved school, with the Class of 2018 Graduation Ceremony, our Boys Track & Field team winning the Regional Title last week and the wonderful story of Coach Van Rose retirement, the last standing teacher from the original faculty staff.  When doing the research on these stories, sadly I came across the news of the passing of Dr. David Pendleton.  Sorry, for not discovering this unhappy story sooner, this saddens me deeply that we were not mindful of this sad event.  My condolences to his family and friends.

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