School Superintendent Tommy Chang announced today he's chosen Rachel Skerritt as Boston Latin School headmaster.
Skerritt, a Dorchester native and BLS graduate, is currently deputy chief of leadership development for the District of Columbia Public Schools.
She is the first person of color to head the exam school. She is the 28th headmaster in the school's 382-year history.
Skerritt replaces Lynne Mooney Teta, another BLS alum, who resigned last June after a contentious period involving the racial climate at the school. Retired Headmaster Michael Contompasis had served as interim headmaster.
Skerritt, who earned a bachelor's degree and a masters in education at the University of Pennsylvania, has past BPS and BLS experience - she taught English between 1999 and 2006, and served on the committee that wrote what is still the school's mission statement. In 2007, she was appointed headmaster at Another Course to College; in 2009, then Superintendent Carol Johnson made Skerritt her chief of staff.
Skerritt left Boston in 2010 to become principal at Eastern Senior High School in Washington DC, which had gone through 13 principals in 12 years before her arrival, but which she helped lead out of "turnaround" status by 2015. In June 2016, she was appointed deputy chief of leadership development for DCPS, overseeing the district's professional development programs for school leaders and aspiring principals.
In a statement, Chang said:
Rachel's life and professional experiences are tailor-made to lead Boston Latin School into its next chapter of excellence and equity for all. She is a champion of providing rigor and opportunities for every single student in her care, and she is someone who will not compromise when it comes to the education of young people.
Mayor Marty Walsh added:
We would be hard pressed to find another educator better suited to lead Boston Latin School than Rachel Skerritt. Rachel's passion for her alma mater, her deep familiarity with its traditions, and her commitment to equity make her uniquely qualified for this role,. We are grateful she has chosen to return to Boston and serve the students of our city.