Wedell learned of the honor through a surprise schoolwide assembly Thursday.
Oregon's Deputy Superintendent of Schools Rob Saxton came to Bend to make the announcement to a surprised H.D. Wedell.
"I'm happy I got this, but I'm more proud of you. I'm struggling today and I don't struggle very often. Thank you Bend LaPine School District and Ron and Rob. It was nice of you to travel here. It was a surprise. You got me!"
After nine years as principal at Bend High, Wedell si leaving at the end of the school year to take a job with Oreogn State University.
The current Assistant Principal, Chris Reese will become the new principal.