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Two East Wake High School principals will help lead Raleigh schools

Two principals from East Wake High School will soon help lead two Raleigh schools.

Ritchie “Malik” Bazzell, who has been principal at East Wake’s School of Integrated Technology since 2010, will become principal of Wakefield High School.

Sebastian Shipp, principal of East Wake’s School of Engineering, will become an assistant principal at Millbrook High School.

East Wake High School in Wendell is being restructured. It has used a small-school format since 2005, splitting students into four separate schools with their own administrative teams.

The Wake County school board decided in March to dissolve that format and relocate East Wake’s principals.

Wakefield and Millbrook are traditional high schools in which administrators oversee the entire student body. At East Wake, Bazzell and Shipp were each in charge of 300 to 400 students.

Bazzell will replace Tripp Crayton, who has been principal of Wakefield High for five years and was assistant principal for two years before that.

Crayton announced on the school’s website that he will become principal of Jordan-Matthews High School in Chatham County.

Wakefield and Millbrook both boast higher test scores and higher graduation rates than East Wake High.

Bazzell said he is proud of helping East Wake improve its graduation rate over the years. In 2010, East Wake had a 69 percent graduation rate. Last year, the rate was 81 percent.

Meanwhile, Wakefield had an 88 percent graduation rate last year.

“I’m just looking for new challenges and new opportunities to grow as a leader,” Bazzell said. “Coming into an environment that’s high-functioning is a different type of leadership.”

When Bazzell arrived at East Wake High in 2010, the school had a string of administrators who stayed for short periods of time. The high turnover was tough on staff and students, he said.

“Wakefield is an outstanding school and my job is to focus on continuous improvement,” Bazzell said.

At Wakefield, Bazzell’s annual salary will be $97,656. At East Wake, he earned $86,805.

Shipp could not be reached for comment. At Millbrook, he will earn an annual salary of $91,725, the same amount he made at East Wake.

Staff writer Kara Bettis contributed to this report.

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