Century High School Principal announces resignation, will see out year

Rochester Public Schools announced that Nate Walbruch would be Century's principal in May 2021.

Century High School Principal Nate Walbruch Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021, outside the school in Rochester.
Traci Westcott / Post Bulletin file photo

ROCHESTER — Century High School Principal Nate Walbruch has announced his plans to resign from his position at the end of the year.

Rochester Public Schools Communications Director Mamisoa Knutson said Walbruch announced his decision to the Century community last week. The notice said he would remain in the position throughout the remainder of the school year to provide a smooth transition.

"After careful consideration, I have decided it is time for me to pursue other opportunities," Walbruch wrote in the notice to Century families. "This decision has been difficult; however, it is not a reflection of my feelings towards this school nor the staff/students."

The school district announced that Walbruch would be Century's principal in May 2021. By the time school lets out in June, Walbruch will have been principal at Century for two years.

In 2022, Walbruch was named as a candidate for the superintendency of Plainview-Elgin-Millville Public Schools.


Walbruch took the position at Century over from Nancy Denzer, who was named the school's interim principal in February 2021. Denzer had been named the interim when the previous Century principal, Chris Fogarty, requested another position in the district.

Jordan Shearer covers K-12 education for the Post Bulletin. A Rochester native, he graduated from Bemidji State University in 2013 before heading out to write for a small newsroom in the boonies of western Nebraska. Bringing things full circle, he returned to Rochester in 2020 just shy of a decade after leaving. Readers can reach Jordan at 507-285-7710 or
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