Principal Dave Grissom will be leaving Mountain View High School this summer to take a job as commissioner of the California Interscholastic Federation’s Central Coast Section.
Grissom, who has served as Mountain View High’s principal since 2013, submitted his resignation letter Tuesday (Feb. 11). His last day is set to be June 30.
“This has zero to do with MVLA and it has everything to do with where my passions lie at this point in my career,” Grissom said.
The world of high school athletics has always been a passion of his, and Grissom said he is excited for the new position. The Central Coast Section oversees athletic competitions involving more than 150 high schools, both public and private, from San Francisco to King City. It is one of 10 sections that make up the California Interscholastic Federation.
Grissom currently serves as CCS president, a volunteer position that oversees the board of managers and executive committee. CCS serves nearly 75,000 student-athletes.
Superintendent Nellie Meyer said she is grateful for Grissom’s years of service to the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District and that his leadership will be missed.
“I’m excited for him, and I want to congratulate him because he will be able to continue to serve students in a different capacity,” she said.
The district plans to hire a new principal for next fall, and Meyer said conversations about the replacement process are beginning. The search will include getting input from the school community about what it wants to see in a new leader.
Personally, Meyer said she will be looking for someone who communicates well with high school students and listens to their needs, as well as someone who works well with the existing administrative team.
Grissom said he wants to do whatever he can to make the transition smooth and hopes the new principal uses him as a resource. Before coming to Mountain View High, Grissom served as principal for six years at Santa Clara High, where he had previously worked as an assistant principal. When he applied for the job at Mountain View, Grissom said he wasn’t sure whether he would get it.
“I was lucky to land here,” he said. “It is an absolutely incredible place, and what we provide for our kids in MVLA is not replicated anywhere else. It is a special, special place.”