Died May 10, 2021
Jeannine Thompson, a former educator with the Kern High School District, died Monday morning, May 10, in Asheboro, NC of natural causes.
A graduate of the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and an avid Tarheel, Thompson, 86, moved to Bakersfield in 1960 as a counselor at South High in Bakersfield, and for 30 years served the school as dean, vice principal, and principal, becoming the first female principal in the history of Kern High School District. In 1991 she managed the opening of Stockdale High School, serving as its first principal until her retirement in 1995. She was inducted to the Stockdale High's first Athletic Hall of Fame in 2019.
Popular among staff and students, Thompson, a noted photographer, was omnipresent at athletic and academic events, taking pictures of her students performing and succeeding. She was an active Rotarian, a choir member at First United Methodist Church, and a member of the Kern Schools Federal Credit Union board.
Thompson moved to her native North Carolina in 2013 to be closer to family. She is preceded in death by her father, Joe Thompson; mother, Virginia Gabriel Thompson; and brother, Dr. J. Wayne Thompson, all of Mooresville, NC, Thompson's home town.
She is survived by her sister-in-law, Elizabeth Thompson, of Asheboro; her niece, Lory Beth Huffman; and her nephews, Tyre Thompson, Jeffrey Thompson, and Gary Thompson.
Family will hold a Celebration of Life Service at First United Methodist Church in Asheboro, NC on May 22 at 11:00 am and a graveside service at Glenwood Memorial Park in Mooresville, NC, on May 23 at 2:00 pm. Services will be officiated by Reverend Lynda Ferguson, Reverend Edward Ramsey, Reverend Don Haynes, and Reverend Lory Beth Huffman. Memorials can be sent to First United Methodist Church, 4600 Stockdale Highway, Bakersfield, CA 93309, 661-325-1267.