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Schaefer named principal of Gresham High School

SCHAEFERMichael Schaefer, an assistant principal at Barlow High School, was named the new principal of Gresham High School, the Gresham-Barlow School District announced Thursday.

Schaefer's “commitment to student success and to working with staff to increase opportunities for all students aligns with the great work already taking place at Gresham High School,” said Superintendent Jim Schlachter in the announcement.

Schaefer replaces John Koch who earlier was named the school district’s executive director of student support services, effective July 1. Koch replaces Janell Black, who is retiring at the end of the school year.

Gresham High School is Oregon's 20th largest with about 1,570 students. It graduated 76.6 percent of its students on time last year, compared with 74 percent of student statewide. It has a robust college-prep International Baccalaureate program.

Schaefer was assistant principal at Barlow for four years. Prior to that he was assistant principal at Hidden Valley High School in Grants Pass.

During Schaefer’s tenure at Sam Barlow High School, the district said he led the effort to remove barriers and increase access to Advanced Placement and honors courses for low-income students and students of color.

Schaefer was selected for the Gresham High School principal's job after an extensive search which included input from school staff and parents, the district said.

“Gresham High School has a long history as an anchor of the Gresham community. I look forward to working with its outstanding staff as we prepare all students for a successful future,” said Schaefer in a statement.