Pride. Honor. Success.
Pearland High School’s motto could just as easily describe the man at the helm: Principal Larry Berger.
On and off campus, Berger takes pride in his students, and he delights in honoring others’ successes.
But at the statewide H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards ceremony in Austin May 3, it was Berger’s turn to shine in the spotlight.
Revealing the secondary principal winner and recipient of $10,000 plus an additional $25,000 campus grant, H-E-B’s Scott McClelland paused dramatically before announcing: “Pearland High School’s Larry Berger!”
As applause filled the room, the two-time Pearland ISD Secondary Principal of the Year mounted the stage to accept the statewide H-E-B award.
Berger took the microphone and then — in typical Berger fashion — directed the attention back to his students and staff.
“Pearland High School is a community of learners. We push ‘Oiler Drive.’ We push grit, and there’s a saying on our campus that everybody knows and loves. We live by a philosophy of pride, honor and success. It’s about what goes on in the classroom and about what our students take out of the classroom into the community. We want to build better human beings,” he said.
Berger’s state award marks the first-ever H-E-B Excellence in Education Award for Pearland Independent School District.
The largest monetary program for Texas educators, the H-E-B awards program spotlights best practices and celebrates the passion and creativity of Texas educators.
Berger has served as PHS’s principal since 2009, leading with the motto “do what’s right and do it all the time.”
He sets the example for students and staff, considering no task beneath him — including mopping floors or moving desks before the first day of the new school year.
When asked by H-E-B how he felt about winning the award, he responded, “I’m not deserving, but my school is. I feel like I’m representing Oiler Nation and Oiler pride, and I couldn’t be more excited.”
Then he smiled and added, “In Pearland, we play to win.”