Thomas Humble resigns as Raleigh Charter High principal

Thomas Humble is resigning as principal of Raleigh Charter High School after having helped lead the school to statewide and national honors for the past 16 years.

In an email message Thursday to parents, Humble announced his resignation and said he will stay on at Raleigh Charter next year as an English teacher and college counselor. He’s been the school’s principal since it opened in 1999.

“I have enjoyed being our school’s principal for sixteen years,” Humble wrote. “ I look forward to continuing to work with our students and with our staff. Parents have been so supportive of our school and I deeply appreciate all of your support over the years.”

Humble said the school’s board of directors had agreed Tuesday to his request to create a transition plan. He said the board has taken the first steps in searching for a new principal.

Raleigh Charter annually makes national rankings for best public high schools. This week, Raleigh Charter was the top-ranked school in North Carolina and No. 37 nationally on U.S. News & World Report’s Best 2015 High Schools List.

U.S. News also ranked Raleigh Charter as the nation’s eighth-best charter school and 18th-best STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) school.