A familiar face is returning to Orange High School as principal. Jason Johnson, who led the school from 2012 to 2016, was picked to take over for Matthew Hunt, who is stepping down. Johnson is currently the Executive Director of Student Support and School Improvement with Orange County Schools.
Orange County Schools Superintendent Dr. Monique Felder issued a statement on the school district's website announcing the transition for Johnson.
"We are thrilled that the opportunity for a familiar face and leader was possible for Orange High School at this time," the statement read. "Orange High School has always been a special place for Mr. Johnson."
Johnson is a graduate of N.C. A&T State University with a Bachelor of Science in Office Systems; from the UNC-Greensboro with a Master of School Administration Degree; and an Ed.S. in Educational Administration from UNC-Greensboro.
He has 17 years of administrative experience with Orange County Schools, including 10 years at Gravelly Hill Middle School.
“I am honored and excited to be named the Principal of Orange High School. Orange High School is an extraordinary learning community with a strong history of excellence. I am eager to work with the students, staff, and community to build on their traditions of excellence. I’m looking forward to focusing on academic excellence while supporting the arts, athletics,and the many extracurricular activities that support developing the whole student. It is my intention to have a focus on equity and community building. I will strive to ensure that our students have a voice, that the staff are treated as leaders, and that our families get the respect that they deserve. Most importantly, I am excited to be returning home,” said Johnson.
Johnson’s first official day with Orange High School will be July 1. He will be working with Hunt, assistant principals, and other staff over the next few weeks to ensure a smooth transition. The district is planning a virtual meet and greet for students, staff and parents in the near future.