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New principal for Highland High School

By admin Published: July 8, 2011

GRANGER TWP.: A longtime teacher, coach and athletics administrator for Copley-Fairlawn schools has been named principal of Highland High School in Medina County.

Dana Addis will take over the job Aug. 1.

The Highland Board of Education formally approved the hiring at a special meeting Tuesday.

Addis most recently served for one year as assistant principal at Strongsville High School. He previously was athletics director for Copley-Fairlawn schools for three years and before that was an English teacher for 13 years at Copley High School.

As coach of the Copley boys basketball team, Addis compiled a 99-75 record in eight seasons. The Indians' best season came in 2006-07: a 21-1 overall record and a Suburban League title.

While at Strongsville, Addis is credited with producing plans for a literacy/writing lab that is scheduled to open in the next school year. He was also part of introducing a new ''Response to Intervention'' program that focused on district goals and staff strengths.

In a written news release, Addis said he has always been impressed with the high level of performance of Highland students and how they represent their district in a professional manner.

''It will be my honor to now serve them, the staff and faculty, the administrative team and the entire community as the high school principal,'' he said. ''I am anticipating a year of exciting growth for each person involved in the life of Highland High School.''

Highland Superintendent Catherine Aukerman said Addis stood out in a pool of 40 applicants and was the obvious choice.

''Dana not only exemplifies the strong leadership qualities that we were looking for in our next high school principal, but over the years he also has demonstrated a loyalty and a commitment to educational advancement opportunities with a student-centered approach,'' she said. ''We are confident that Dana will be a strong addition to the Highland School District.''

Addis received a bachelor's degree in telecommunications and education from Kent State University and a master's degree in educational administration from the University of Akron.

He replaces Pete Ulrich, who is to retire July 31 after 32 years in education.

Ulrich was hired in Highland as assistant principal at the high school in 1999 and was promoted to principal in 2008.



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