Purposeful in developing his staff and students, Lorimer Arendse is an expert educator with a passion for excellence. He emigrated from South Africa to Ohio, where he finished high school and college. Arendse has worked with students in grades 6-12, serving as a teacher, assistant principal, and principal. Currently, Arendse is in his third year as principal at Grand Prairie High School, an urban school in central Texas that serves middle- to low-income students. During his tenure at GPHS, student performance has continued to increase; 2016 test results showed improvements in each of the state accountability indexes. Arendse's developer mindset challenges his students and teachers to continue to excel.