The new Tigard High School principal will start in July

The Tigard-Tualatin School District has named Jon Schuhl, a former assistant principal at Gresham's Centennial High School, as the new principal at Tigard High School.

Schuhl will take on his new position starting July 1. He replaces Pam Henslee who is retiring in June.

Schuhl has been an administrator at the 1,800-student Centennial High School since 2003 where he developed the master schedule, hired staff and supported the academic progress of 700 Centennial students each year.

At Centennial, he created teacher teams using the principles of Professional Learning Communities and Critical Friends Groups. He has worked with the eSIS student record-keeping system since 2003. He speaks Spanish.

On a district level, he participated in the Centennial Student Success Committee by leading a yearlong subcommittee on data, information and student achievement.

Between 2000 and 2003, he taught English and Spanish at Centennial High School. He also taught English at Lake Oswego High School in 1997-98 and English, journalism and Spanish at Sandy High School between 1994 and 1997. Between 1998 and 2000, he was co-owner and vice president of operations and human resources for RB Sports Cafe in San Diego, Calif.

Centennial staff members described him as an open, honest communicator and an instructional leader whom teachers welcome into their classrooms.

Originally from San Diego County, Calif., Schuhl earned his bachelor's degree in English, bilingual education and secondary education from Eastern Oregon University in 1994. He earned his MAT in English from Portland State University in 2001 and is working on his master's degree in educational administration from Lewis and Clark College.

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