Fri08292014

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New MVHS principal comes with high praise


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The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District is scheduled to vote on the appointment of Dave Grissom as the new principal of Mountain View High School at Tuesday’s board of trustees meeting.

Keith Moody, the school’s current principal, transitions to the position of director of Adult Education at the end of the school year after serving 10 years as a site administrator.

A reception for staff and parents to welcome Grissom to the community is scheduled 3-4 p.m. Thursday in the Mountain View High Library.

Grissom has been an educator for 19 years, with the majority of his career spent in the Santa Clara Unified School District. Most recently, he served as principal of the more than 1,800-student Santa Clara High School, included on this year’s U.S. News & World Report ranking of the top U.S. high schools. He was appointed principal at Santa Clara High in 2007, following five years as assistant principal.

A 17-member committee comprising district administrators, teachers, classified staff, parents and students selected Grissom from a pool of 51 applicants from throughout the state.

“Dave Grissom exudes commitment, character and has the big-picture sense required to be successful in running a large, comprehensive high school,” said Brad Syth, assistant superintendent of Santa Clara Unified. “Dave brings a wealth of administrative experience and knowledge in secondary education, from athletics to discipline, curriculum and instruction. He is recognized by his peers for his expertise in all these areas.”

Santa Clara Unified Superintendent Bobbie Plough added her support.

“Dave brings a breadth and depth of knowledge and experience that is hard to find among secondary educators,” she said. “First and foremost, he has a sound pedagogical background. Specifically, I offer the example that within a core subject area he has taught courses designed for English Learners as well as Advanced Placement students. In short, he has a thorough understanding of what it takes to build a strong academic program in a comprehensive high school. In summary, Mr. Grissom is simply one of the best.”

Grissom and his wife, Christine, have been married 19 years and have two children, Ryan, 14, and Connor, 10.

“I cannot adequately express how thrilled I am to be joining the Mountain View High School community,” Grissom said. “I have always been extremely impressed with the students and staff that I have come into contact with from Mountain View, and to now be a member of that community is an absolute dream come true. I am truly honored with being named principal at Mountain View. I look forward to working with the staff and parents to ensure the best education possible for our students.”

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