Dr. Matthew Irvin will become the new principal for the 2018-19 school year.
Irvin said he wants to be principal to have “an impact on a larger scale.”
Irvin said, “Helping make students thrive” is the most important part of high school, and that would require a different approach for each student.
“I am confident that he is the right leader at the right time to move Webster Groves High School forward and into the future,” superintendent John Simpson said.
Irvin got his principal certification from UMSL in 2015, which will expire in 2021.
Irvin said one of the jobs of the school is “to help student to become engaged citizens.”
In the past year, students have walked out twice. Irvin said students and administration “should have a conversation before any political action” during school.
The final decision was made the night of April 23.
The process of choosing the principal started with filling out a WGSD application online. Then candidates had to describe their perfect high school in no more than 250 words.
Then, there was panels, performance events and several interviews. The closing date for accepting applications was March 19. Irvin was chosen of 28 applicants to become principal.
On Feb. 13, principal Jon Clark announced he will retire on July 1.
See also: Clark announces retirement
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