D.C.'s Wilson High School Gets New Principal - NBC4 Washington

D.C.'s Wilson High School Gets New Principal



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     D.C.'s Woodrow Wilson High School announced its new principal Tuesday, months after its former leader resigned after learning his contract wouldn't be renewed.

    Kimberly Martin will begin her new role at the Northwest D.C. school on June 29, said D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson.

    Most recently, Martin served as principal of Aspen High School in Colorado, which was named the state's number one public high school in 2012, the year she began.

    Previously, she was principal of Thomas W. Harvey High School in Painesville, Ohio for seven years. Prior to that, Martin served as principal at Lorain Admiral King High School in Lorain, Ohio after teaching English and history for five years.

    Woodrow Wilson High School's previous principal was Pete Cahall, who came out as gay to his students at a Pride Day event in June 2014.

    Following his announcement, the Westboro Baptist Church protested outside the school, which inspired students to lead a peaceful counter-protest. Dozens of members of the Westboro Baptist Church were met by several hundred Wilson High School students.

    Four months later, in December 2014, Cahall lost his position as principal over low D.C. Comprehensive Assessment System (DCCAS) test scores, according to a letter he wrote to the D.C. Council, published by the Washington City Paper. After six years of employment, Cahall called the decision not to renew his contract was "arbitrary and capricious."

    Under Cahall's direction, Wilson High School had a graduation rate "well above the city average," reported the Washington Post. Cahall also oversaw a $120 million school modernization and helped to even the test score gap among minority groups.

    Greg Bargeman served as the school's interim principal from December 2014 to June 2015.