Stephenville lost a beloved school principal late Tuesday, the victim of an apparent heart attack.

Paul Henderson, 57, principal at Stephenville Junior High School for the past 28 years, died about 10:30 p.m. at his home.

SISD Superintendent Dr. Darrell Floyd called Henderson’s death an “absolute tragedy for both the family and the Stephenville ISD.”

“Anytime you lose a true family member as integral as Paul Henderson has been to the school district, it’s difficult,” Floyd said. “He’ll be sorely missed. Paul Henderson was great for kids. He’s a legend.”

Henderson started his career as a math teacher in 1971 and then became principal at Stephenville Junior High School in 1978.

“In honor of Paul Henderson,” Floyd said, “all junior high extracurricular activities will be cancelled for the rest of the week.”