By Hallie Underwood, ’20
If you walk through the Attendance Office doors and past the desks of the secretaries, one door will always be open. When Assistant Principal Matthew Jordan isn’t meeting with administration, sitting in on classes, or roaming the cafeteria and courtyard, he’s in his office helping manage UAHS.
Jordan, a former history teacher, decorated his office with sports memorabilia and treasures that show his love for American history.
“I have a lot of different things in here that represent my different past,” Jordan said.
Jordan sits at his desk, looking at the posters, art, and photographs that fill the space. Hanging on the wall are the Constitution and the Bill of Rights engraved in bronze.
Facing his desk is a framed photo of his family. Jordan grew up in Ravenna, Ohio a town located near Kent State University. The eldest of three children, his brother works in Columbus, and his sister is a special education teacher in Hudson City Schools.
While education is a common theme in Jordan’s family, he did not come from a long line of college graduates. Jordan was the first person in his family to attend and graduate from college. He went to Bowling Green State University, initially to be a pre-law student and political science major.
“I really enjoyed coaching football at Bowling Green High School. I switched from pre-law into education,” Jordan said.
Seen in the many sports souvenirs in his office, Jordan’s passion in the classroom is matched for his passion on a sports field. In high school, he participated in several sports including football, basketball, and track.
Jordan displays an old photograph of him meeting Lou Holtz, the former head football coach at Notre Dame.
“He’s the guy, you know?” Jordan said. “I met him a couple of other times, but I remember that one because it was the first time. He’s so down-to-Earth.”
Jordan also keeps a signed poster of George Bush and a 9/11 memorial poster displaying the Twin Towers and the quote, “Freedom Still Stands”.
One eye-catching photo displays a high-school aged girl with the American flag on her head. Jordan explains she was a student from Franklin Heights High School.
“That piece of artwork won the Congressional District Three People’s Choice Award. It spent all of last year on the wall of the United States Capitol Building,” Jordan said.
Settling into UAHS, Jordan said he felt optimistic.
“I enjoy the commitment to academic excellence that I see from both students and teachers,” Jordan said. “I enjoy seeing teachers trying to push kids to be better versions of themselves.”
Jordan said he wanted more than anything else to be approachable, and his office was always seen as a place for anyone in the building to come for help and support. As I walked out of Jordan’s office and closed the door, he called out: “Could you leave the door open?” He smiled, “My door’s always open.”