Greetings Quincy High School Students and Families,
It is a tremendous blessing to me to be able to have this opportunity to serve as your interim high school principal. The welcome I have received from staff, students, families, and the community has been wonderful. Over the past several weeks, I have been extremely impressed by the commitment of the educators in the Quincy School District and by the investment in schools made by families, community members, and business.
High school represents a key time in a young person’s development and can be the gateway to a positive and productive life. I learned this firsthand growing up in West Seattle where I was raised by a praying grandmother who constantly spoke positive affirmations and expectations over me and taught me to see learning as an endless endeavor and the key to a better future. Although my grandmother passed away when I was in the 5th grade, the lessons she instilled in me early on, guided me through middle and high school and led me to the University of Washington where I completed my Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music Degrees in Music Education in 2002.
After leaving the UW the first time, I returned to my former middle and high schools where I served 14 years teaching a variety of music classes including concert band, marching band, jazz band, steel drums, and orchestra. Active in my local church ministry, I ended up pursuing additional studies through a local ministerial training program earning my Master of Theology and Doctor of Religious Education degrees in 2007 and 2010 respectively. In 2014 I returned to the University of Washington to pursue my principal credential, earning a Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. Currently I am a student in the University of Washington’s Leadership for Learning Program where I expect to complete a Doctor of Education degree with Superintendent Certification in the Spring of 2021.
The staff at Quincy High School is committed to delivering on the promise that all students graduate from high school, fully prepared for the next steps in their post-secondary education, career and life. This can only be achieved through high expectations, positive relationships and rigorous and relevant learning experiences for each and every child. We have a lot of work to do, but together we can create a Quincy High School where each student graduates high school fully -equipped to investigate the world, to see through multiple perspectives, and to act in support of their ideas.
Dr. Marcus J. Pimpleton