Hart High School Principal Troy Moran dies

April 28, 2024

‘He was a great guy, a great dad, a great person, and a great principal. This is a tremendous loss.’

By Allison Scarbrough, News Editor

HART — Hart High School Principal Troy Moran, 46, died from a heart attack Saturday, April 27. 

“He was out for a run and had a heart attack,” said Hart Public Schools Superintendent Mark Platt.

Moran, a Whitehall native, had served as the Hart High School principal since 2021. He previously was principal at Montague High School for four years.

Platt said the district’s crisis team plans to meet Sunday evening, April 28.

“We know for sure that we’re going to have school tomorrow (Monday),” he said. “We’re going to have grief counselors from the ESD, and other surrounding districts have offered support. We will probably be utilizing all of that for both students and staff.”

It was not immediately known who will fill in as principal for the remainder of the school year. “I want to visit with the staff and get their thoughts on how they want to finish the school year.”

Moran taught at Mona Shores school district for many years, and he was employed at Oakridge Public Schools where he served as the high school dean of students and upper elementary principal.

A Viking athlete and a 1996 Whitehall High School graduate, Moran completed his college studies at Western Michigan University. 

Moran had two teenage daughters, Elle, and Reagan.

Moran launched the Ride with Pride program at Hart High School, which is an opportunity for law enforcement and schools to come together and build a program promoting safe and positive choices. “It’s basically helping students to make great choices inside school with academics, attendance and behavior but also outside school with drug, tobacco and alcohol prevention and safe driving,” he said in a 2021 interview. At the end of the year, a car is raffled off to a student. 

“I’ve known him for about 20 years, and this is a shocker,” said Platt. “If you knew Troy, you know he had an infectious laugh and smile. He was one of those people who you just loved seeing and talking with.

“He was a great guy, a great dad, a great person, and a great principal. This is a tremendous loss.”

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