Alexandria City High School’s new executive principal is a familiar face in the school system.
Alexander Duncan III, who has been the high school’s Minnie Howard campus administrator since 2021, was officially announced as the new executive principal of Alexandria City High School on Thursday. He first joined Alexandria City Public Schools in 2007 as an English teacher.
Duncan said he was “delighted” to introduce himself as the new executive principal in a letter to the community.
“Over the past 20 years, I have worked as a teacher and administrator and have made student advocacy a pinnacle of my career’s work,” Duncan said.
“As a proud Titan, with over 10 years experience working with ACHS, I have witnessed, first hand, our school’s passion for learning and commitment to students. And, I continue to remain optimistic about our future, as well as about the success of our students, community, and staff.”
Duncan said he will spend the coming weeks meeting with students, staff, community, and leadership to get feedback.
He also gave a shout-out to ACHS Executive Principal Peter Balas “for the wonderful work he’s done leading our high school through our historical expansion. No doubt, he is truly a shining star and I count it an honor to call him a colleague and friend.”
Duncan replaces Balas, who announced in May that he was leaving to become the principal at Arlington’s Wakefield High School.
“I am so thankful to have the opportunity to expand on all I have learned and experienced to our awesome Alexandria City High School community,” Duncan said.
Alexandria City High School is the city’s only high school. It has more than 4,100 students, and is Virginia’s second-largest high school.
Featured photo courtesy Alexandria City High School
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