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African-American Named First Black Headmaster Of Predominantly White Prep School

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North Carolina’s Charlotte Country Day School broke down a racial barrier last week, naming Mark Reed headmaster of the predominantly white private preparatory school.

Reed is the first African American to be named headmaster. He is the former assistant headmaster at St. John’s School in Houston, Texas, and holds a master’s degree in education from Columbia University,

The 44-year-old took the reins of the prestigious institution on July 1, overseeing the education of children grades K-12 at a lower, middle and upper school where 89 percent of students and 90 percent of employees are White.

Last Tuesday, more than 500 CCDS parents and students gathered with gifts in hand for a breakfast reception to welcome the Montana native as the school’s 11th headmaster.

“I have to do my job as head of this school. I have to be good at what I do before I do anything else,” Reed told Essence Magazine. “If I do that well then these other things can tie into that.”


Written by Symphony

September 7, 2009 at 4:19 pm

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