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Former John Hopkins Middle principal named principal at Gibbs High

Teachers and staff at Gibbs High School met their new principal this afternoon: Kevin Gordon, current prinicpal at High Point Elementary in Clearwater.

Kevin Gordon Gordon, 45, has worked for the Pinellas school district for 21 years. He served as assistant principal at Clearwater High from 1996 to 2001, then was principal at John Hopkins from 2001 to 2005 before going to High Point, where his annual salary was $80,821.

Barbara Thornton, associate superintendent of high school programs, said Gordon did well in his interview for the Gibbs job. The fact that he’s never been a high school principal isn’t a concern, Thornton said, because of his assistant principal experience at Clearwater High.

“He knows the high school environment very well,” Thornton said. “I think it’s always an advantage when someone has K-12 experience so they have a good view of a student’s entire experience.”

Gordon had another point in his favor. He’s a Gibbs graduate.

“I think he has a real interest in that school and wants to see it succeed,” Thornton said.

Donna Winchester, Pinellas education reporter

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:24am]


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