BPMS Principal

Mr. Dodds BPMS Principal
Mr. Stan Dodds
BPMS Principal


Welcome to Big Piney Middle School.  We believe in teamwork as our Mission Statement denotes:  We the parents, staff and students of Big Piney Middle School are committed to creating and maintaining a consistent, effective, safe, and enjoyable environment in which students can obtain a firm educational foundation and develop self-confidence, a sense of responsibility, and life-long learning skills.  

We are an academic institution committed to excellence.  We emphasize our district values;  Respect, Excellence, Integrity, Responsibility, Empathy, and Courage on a weekly basis.  Along with these life long expected values, we also expect our students to be confident, responsible, and skilled when they enter high school.  

Our dedicated staff will not only provide each student with the necessary tools they will need throughout a productive life but we also care enough to confront and care enough to praise.  Our attempt during these formulating years of middle school is to have students develop habitual routines that support a successful productive life in today's ever changing society.  

We encourage all students to become involved in our school.  We offer many extra-curricular activities and co-curricular activities.  We also offer many essential course offerings, such as, band, choir, art, and computer.  In addition, for the past two years, we have also encouraged students to be involved with Destination Imagination, similar to the old Oddysey of the Mind program, along with Science Fair and Yearbook staff.

We are very proud of our school, what it has to offer, and what we have accomplished.  BPMS welcomes your interest in our school and please contact us by email or by phone if you have further questions.  

Stan Dodds, Principal  

About Mr. Dodds:

Stan Dodds was born in Cheyenne, Wyoming to Charles and Kathern Dodds.  

He was moved to Rock Springs, Wyoming where his sister, Glenda, was born when his Dad took a position in the coal mines.  Shortly after that, the family moved to Granger, Wyoming , thirty miles west of Green River, near Little America, WY.  His Dad went to work for the FMC Corporation mining trona.  

Granger became home for Stan and his family.  He attended grade school and junior high in that small town of Granger.  Granger's school offered first grade through eighth grade using four classrooms, two grades per classroom, and one teacher in each classroom.  Stan was able to play on the Junior High Basketball Team as a fifth grader and started on the team when he was a sixth grader.  After eighth grade, however, he had to be bused, those thirty miles, to Green River to attend Lincoln High School where he earned an invitation to be inducted into the National Honor Society while also participating in football, basketball, and track.  Basketball, of course, was his favorite sport. 

While at Lincoln High School, Stan was recognized in sports by being selected to the all-conference tournament team in basketball during his sophomore through senior years, all-conference in football his senior year, and in that same year, he won the high jump competition at the District Track Meet.  State honors, in basketball, came his way during his junior and senior years when his school team won the first ever school state championship by winning the "Class A" State Basketball Title in 1965 under Coach Don Nelson's direction.  Stan graduated from Lincoln High School, in 1966 and looked forward to attending the University of Wyoming. 

Coach Strannigan and Coach Purden recruited Stan to the University of Wyoming where he had a wonderful career in representing the university but also the State of Wyoming.  Stan was proud to be a home-state product that had that opportunity. 

To him, the most satisfying accomplishment throughout his basketball career was his overall field goal shooting percentage; his three years were 55.8%, 56.9% and 56.0% respectively.  Because of that shooting accuracy, Stan averaged 16.7 points per game while wearing the Wyoming Brown and Gold and in his senior year averaged 20.7 points per game, to lead the Cowboys, which included a personal scoring record of forty-five point against Arizona State at home in  War Memorial Fieldhouse.  A tremendous honor was bestowed upon Stan in that he was selected to the First Team, All-Western Athletic Conference.  

Stan graduated from the University of Wyoming in 1970 with a bachelor's degree in mathematics.  He was drafted by the Utah Stars of the old American Basketball Association the spring of his senior year.  After Coach Sharman and the Stars cut Stan from the pro-ranks, he had an opportunity to play Semi-Pro Ball in the Continental League on the east coast.  However, since Stan was married to Adele and had a daughter, Stacy, at that time, he chose to refuse the offer in order to settle into the profession he went to college to pursue.  Following Coach Nelson's footsteps, Stan began teaching and coaching; not only basketball, but also coaching track and volleyball.  He moved his family from Salt Lake City back to Laramie where their son, Trent, was born and where the educational profession became Stan's life.  Stan taught and coached at Laramie High School for seven years before moving to Colorado where he contributed twenty-eight years to educating young people. 

The classroom and coaching was is second home for over twenty years before he pursued the administrative ranks.   Stan is currently the Middle School Principal at Big Piney Middle School in Big Piney, Wyoming and  LaBarge Elementary Principal.is the Athletic Director for the district.