A Prosper ISD assistant principal has been chosen to lead the district’s fourth high school.

Lute Croy will serve as the principal of Richland High School, which broke ground in August and is set to open in the 2025-26 school year, according to a district news release. Croy serves as an assistant principal at Prosper High School.

"Dr. Croy has been a tremendous asset at Prosper High School in his role as assistant principal,” Superintendent Holly Ferguson said in the release. “We are so excited to see the culture and traditions he begins building at Richland High School.”

The details

With 21 years of experience in education, Croy has served in teacher, coach and administrator roles in various Oklahoma and Texas schools, the release stated. He most recently served as an instructional coach and assistant principal in PISD.

“To the Prosper High School students, teachers and community members, thank you for welcoming me into the PHS family and for making this a special place to work over the last two years,” Croy said in a letter to the high school community. “I have learned so many things here that I will take with me as we start our work at Richland.”

Croy earned his bachelor’s degree in history and psychology from Southern Methodist University. He earned his master’s degree in education leadership from Lamar University and then his doctorate in organizational leadership from Abilene Christian University.

Next steps

Croy will compete the school year at Prosper High before working to hire teachers and staff at the new school, the release stated. He will also work with students to create campus expectations, leadership definitions and traditions.

“Richland will be a world-class school that provides a world-class education to every student that walks through our doors,” Croy said. “It will be a place where teachers love to work, students love to attend school and Richland will be a school that our community will be proud of.”