Raleigh Charter High School announced Wednesday that longtime faculty member Lisa Huddleston was chosen to be the new principal of the award-winning school after a nationwide search.
Huddleston, who began teaching math at Raleigh Charter in 2001, has served as the school’s academic dean. In the announcement, members of the school’s principal search committee said that Huddleston “has been an integral part of building the RCHS culture.”
“She recognizes and values the contributions of the members of our community, and has demonstrated a passionate commitment to the institution, its constituents, and our joyful learning community,” the school said in the announcement.
Huddleston is a graduate of Rice University in Texas with a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering, according to Raleigh Charter’s website. She previously taught high school math, computer science and physics in McKinney, Texas.
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Huddleston replaces Thomas Humble, who has served as Raleigh Charter’s principal since it opened in 1999. He said in May he would resign as principal but would stay on as an English teacher and college counselor.
This year, both the Washington Post and U.S. News & World Report ranked Raleigh Charter as the top public high school in North Carolina. U.S. News ranked Raleigh Charter as No. 37 nationally, and the Washington Post ranked the school No. 124.
The school’s high ranking helped attract 23 applicants for the principal job.