Dr. Jim Haussler, Superintendent
Jim Haussler is a 1973 graduate of Monango High School in Monango, North Dakota. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts from Jamestown College in 1978 with a double major in History/Political Science and Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER). Jim was a 4 year letter winner in football for the Jimmies. Jim obtained his Master degrees in Educational Administration and HPER from South Dakota State University in 1983 and his Doctorate in Educational Administration from the University of North Dakota in 1994.
In 1978 Jim began his teaching career at Finley-Sharon High School where he taught social studies and physical education and was the head boys’ basketball coach, head boys’ track coach and assistant coach in football. In 1979, Haussler accepted a position at New England Public where he continued to teach and coach. Jim was selected as regional Coach of the Year in Track and Field in 1981.
In 1983, Jim accepted his first administrative position at Aberdeen Central High School (SD) where he served as the high school’s assistant principal and athletic director. In 1984 Jim came to the Bismarck Public Schools and from 1984 to 1992 served as an assistant principal at both Bismarck and Bismarck Century high schools, along with directing the vocational program for one year. Haussler was the Bismarck Public Schools Activities Director from 1992 through his retirement in 2015 (23 years). During his tenure the Demons and Patriots combined for 232 regional titles and 128 state titles.
In 1996 and 2006, Jim was named North Dakota Athletic Director of the Year. He was also recognized as Regional Athletic Director of the Year on 4 occasions. Haussler became a Certified Athletic Administrator in 1997. He has managed 237 North Dakota High School Activities Association regional and state events. In 2002, Jim was recognized by the North Dakota Coaches Association with the Special Recognition Award. He was nominated as a finalist for the National High School Athletic Coaches Association Athletic Director of the Year in 2004, 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2016. He was named National Athletic Administrator of the Year in 2016. In 2011, he was inducted into the North Dakota Track and Field Hall of Fame. Haussler was inducted into the North Dakota High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2013. He was recognized with the University of Jamestown’s Rollie Greeno Award for excellence in education in 2014. In 2015, Jim was awarded the Special Achievement Award by the North Dakota Sports Writers and Sports Casters. That same year, the new gymnasium at Bismarck’s Legacy High School was named the ‘James Haussler’ Gymnasium. Jim was inducted into the North Dakota Interscholastic Administrators Association (NDIAAA) Hall of Fame in 2016.
Haussler is a member of the NDIAAA (retired member), NDHSCA (lifetime member), NDOA, and Good Shepard Lutheran Church. Jim served as the chairman of the Bismarck Community Bowl Authority (BCBA) from 1997-2015. He currently manages the MDU Resources Bismarck Community Bowl.
Jim and his wife, Julie, a retired teacher from Mandan Middle School, have five children: Jeremy and Jon, who are married and work for the North Dakota and Arizona National Guard respectively; Jamie, who is a teacher in Roberts Mt; Tessa, a social worker in the Twin Cities; and Cara, a freshmen at North Dakota State University. They also have five grandchildren: Madison (15), Jaxon (11), Cooper (9), Colt (9) and Hadley (7).