A principal of a major San Francisco high school who resigned earlier this month over his displeasure with district administration was unanimously approved Monday as the next principal of San Rafael High School. .
Joe Ryan Dominguez won a vote of approval in a closed session of the San Rafael City Schools Board on Monday. Linda Jackson, chair of the board, announced the decision at the start of the public session.
“We have a tradition here of new staff members shaking everyone’s hand,” she told Dominguez, who was in the audience. He thanked the board, offered a few words, then quickly complied with the handshake.
“I have a passion for student voices,” he says.
Dominguez, 35, will start July 1 with an annual salary of $175,406.
“During the rigorous selection process, Mr. Dominguez rose to the top as a passionate and accomplished educational leader with proven expertise in serving diverse populations,” District Superintendent Jim Hogeboom said after the announcement. .
“He leads with the belief that success is possible for every student, while ensuring a culture of excellence and collaboration and providing best practices for delivering a comprehensive and rigorous education,” Hogeboom said.
Dominguez has been principal of San Francisco Unified School District’s Lowell High School since August, but announcement earlier this month, he would leave the post. Prior to this role, Dominguez had more than a decade of educational leadership experience in Arizona and two years as an assistant principal at Lowell.
“Mr. Dominguez’s focus on students, staff, community and collaboration is encouraging and we salute his enthusiasm and Bulldog spirit in our San Rafael family,” said Alex Verheecke, a San Rafael teacher. who served on the selection board.
Yanelly Gomez, a student panelist on the selection committee, agrees.
“I’m thrilled because I think it will be easy for Mr. Dominguez to connect with all the students,” she said. “I felt that for him, the students were everything.”
Dominguez will succeed Glenn Dennis, who is moving to a district office position. Dennis, who spent three years as assistant manager and 10 years as manager, said he took the transfer to ‘achieve a better work-life balance’ after recovering from a series of health problems.
“It has been an honor and a privilege to have served the SR community for the past 13 years,” Dennis wrote in a district newsletter for school families.
Dominguez began his career as a high school teacher, then later as a vice principal, in Tempe, Arizona. He holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Arizona State University. He came to Lowell High School as an assistant principal in 2019, moving to principal in 2021.
Dominguez, in a letter to families at Lowell High School dated April 13, said his decision to leave was “solely based on my desire to apply my passion for education in a district that values its students and staff through systems well organized, financial responsibility and good teaching practices as the path to equity.
Dominguez is expected to hold his position at Lowell until the end of the school year in June. The high school has been at the center of a debate over whether to reinstate a merit-based admissions policy.