Horn Lake High School principal Andy Orr has died, according to an announcement from DeSoto County Schools.
Friends and former students took to social media to praise Orr’s impact on the community through his work in schools.
“Mr./Coach Andy Orr has gone to be with the Lord, where he is free of pain, and the battle with cancer is over,” friend Connie Taylor Lambert wrote on Facebook. “For OBHS people, he will always be Coach Orr, and for me, he was one of my nearest and dearest friends. He was part of every major memory I have for the past 20 years.”
Orr had worked in the DCS school district since 1992, according to the Horn Lake High School website. Before taking the principal position at Horn Lake in 2011, he worked as an English teacher, boys’ basketball coach and athletics director at Olive Branch High School, as well as an assistant principal at DeSoto Central High School.
Orr was an alumnus of Mississippi State University, where he completed his undergraduate degree. He later got his master’s degree in education from the University of Mississippi.
“We are deeply saddened about the passing of Andy Orr,” Corey Uselton, superintendent of DeSoto County Schools, said in a statement. “He impacted so many people all around our county during his years of service to DeSoto County Schools as a teacher, coach, assistant principal, and principal. Andy was an amazing leader, and he was most importantly a devoted family man. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, his friends, and the Horn Lake High School faculty and staff during this difficult time. Andy will be missed by all who knew him. It is a sad day for all of us.”