The Board of Education approved John Cline as the new Washington High School Principal at its April 24, 2017 meeting. He will join the District on July 1.
Cline has served as assistant principal of South Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte-Mecklenburg, NC since 2013. During his tenure at the largest high school in the state, the school has achieved the third highest student growth scores of all high schools in the state, seen a 27% increase in Advanced Placement course enrollment, and introduced a credit-recovery program that is making it possible for more students to realize their graduation goals.
South Mecklenburg’s diverse enrollment of over 3000 students is approximately one third each Hispanic, African American, and Caucasian. The high school is home to the highest number of Hispanic students in the school district, as well as the highest graduation rate for this group of students. The high school is also home to a World Languages Magnet Program and a new IDEA Academy (Innovation, Design, Engineering, and Art).
“Through the interview process it became clear that Mr. Cline recognizes Washington is a premier Iowa High School and that he is eager to learn more about the notable traditions at the school,” said Dr. Brad Buck, Superintendent. “At the same time, he has an eye towards collaborating with students, staff, and the school community to support Washington in becoming even more successful at serving our students. As we welcome Mr. Cline, I also want to thank Dr. Grant for his leadership during this school year as interim principal.”
“The selection process for this position included interviews with teams of students, staff, administration, parents and community members,” added Mary Ellen Maske, Deputy Superintendent. “Mr. Cline stood out based on his experience with diverse school communities, laser-like focus on improving student learning outcomes, and high regard by the staff at South Mecklenburg High School. The most recent survey of staff members impressively identified his strengths as instructional leadership, integrity, trust, and belief in children. “
Cline earned his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his master’s degree from Queens University of Charlotte.
“Washington High School has built a rich tradition of excellence that I'm honored to join,” said Cline. “I'm excited to get started working with Washington's faculty, staff, parents, students, community and district leadership in continuing to build upon its successes. My family and I look forward to becoming an active part of the Cedar Rapids community.”