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In 1963 he moved out of the classroom and began his time in administration, becoming 

assistant principal of Western High School

and eventually, principal. 


During his time as principal the building

had 3000 students, twice what it was built for and forced the school to go to double sessions, much like his namesake school did thirty years later.

By the late 1970s Theron was a CCSD Central Office administrator, assisting in the supervision of middle schools. In 1978 Swainston was responsible for supervision of the Elementary Division of the district, and in 1984 became Deputy Superintendent of Instruction.

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Our Namesake
Dr. Theron L. Swainston

"Education is more than preparation for life --
It is life."

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Dr. Theron L Swainston began his 30 year career with the Clark County School District in 1956 as a 7th grade teacher at Fremont Junior High School.  From there he taught political science at Rancho High School onward into the early 1960s. At this time, he was also a part-time lecturer at Nevada Southern University.

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Dr. Theron L. Swainston was born in Idaho in 1930 and grew up on the family farm that was homesteaded by his great-grandfather.  He attended a small rural school from 1st grade to 8th in Whitney, Idaho. 

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Although his parents had little formal education, they encouraged their son, who earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Utah State University while also serving in the Army engineering unit during the Korean War and a church missionary in Europe.  Eventually, he also earned his doctorate from the University of Southern California.

In 1986, Dr.  Swainston retired from CCSD after 30 years to work in Saudi Arabia for Aramco as an administrator in the company's education program for the children of American staff working in Arabia.


Swainston Middle School was named after Dr. Swainston in 1989 and dedicated in 1993.

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