Lamping Elementary is named in honor of Frank Lamping who is perhaps best known for helping to establish the middle school concept in the Clark County School District. Mr. Lamping gave Clark County 30 years of dedicated service prior to his retirement.


Frank1963-1965 Coordinator, Special Education, CCSD

1965-1967 Principal, Paradise Elementary School

1967-1974 Principal, Hyde Park Jr. High School

1974-1978 Principal, William Orr Jr. High School

1978-1980 Principal, Kenny C. Guin Jr. High School

1980-1981 Sr. Vice President, Valley Bank

1981-1992 Principal, Lyal Burkholder Middle School

1992-1994 Principal, Thurman White Middle School


Frank Lamping, a first generation American, was the youngest of seven children. He was married for over 40 years to the late Betty Lee Kirk, a Pittsburgh native. Frank Lamping has two sons, Kirk and Clark.

Mr. Lamping began his education career in Pittsburgh, first as a student at St. Ambrose Catholic Elementary School and then at North Catholic High School. After serving in the military for three years during the Korean Conflict, he attended Slippery Rock State Teachers' College where he received his undergraduate degree and then master's degree from the University of Pittsburgh.

Mr. Lamping taught in the Pittsburgh Public County School District for several years before moving to Las Vegas in 1963. Mr. Lamping was honored with the privilege of opening two new schools, Kenny C. Guinn and Thurman White. Kenny C. Guinn Junior High School, which he opened in 1978, was the first school in Nevada to receive the President's Excellence in Education Award.

Frank Lamping received several awards recognizing his contributions as an educator:

  • Milkin Family foundation honoree as an outstanding educator

  • Inducted into the Clark county School District Education Hall of Fame

  • Profiles in Excellence Award from the American School Board Association for his Parent Involvement Through Technology

  • The Book of golden Deeds Award from the Exchange Club of Las Vegas for the Outstanding Educator of the Clark County School District and his community involvement

  • Recognized by the United States Department of Education and Nevada State Department of Education for the development of exemplary schools

  • University of Notre Dame Exemplar Award for Education

  • Boss of the Year award from the American Business Women's Association

  • Recognized by Nevada State Department of Education for outstanding school in 1983-1984, 1984-1985, and 1986-1987

  • School-Business Partnership Award

  • Outstanding Principal of the Year from the Astronomical Society of Southern Nevada and Young Astronauts of Nevada