Dr. Tony Fisher Named Principal of HCHS!

From Jennifer Raab, President of Hunter College, Wed., March 6, 2012: "I am pleased to announce that after a competitive national search, Dr. Tony Fisher has been named Principal of Hunter College High School.  In his six years at HCHS, Dr. Fisher has been a highly respected department chair, assistant principal, and acting principal. He came to us having earned three degrees in Mathematics: his B.A. from Yale University, and his M.S. and Ph.D. from University of Chicago.  He also received his NYS Building and District Certification through the Administration and Supervision Program at Hunter College." Click here for a New York Times article about the appointment. And read more below for Ms. Raab's full letter...

Dr. Fisher began at Hunter as Mathematics Department Chair, before being asked to take on the newly created role of grade 7 through 9 Assistant Principal.  His accomplishments as a senior administrator have been many, but perhaps most significant has been his instrumental role in creating a middle school ethos in the building.  In doing so, he reinstated the 7th grade seminar, led the creation and implementation of 8th grade advisory, and instituted 7th and 8th grade study halls.  As Acting Principal, he has established a structure which allows for more faculty time spent on co-curricular opportunities, such as a science research coordinator position created with donor support, mathematics research talks organized in conjunction with Hunter College, and a journalism practicum to be launched next year-all allowing students to follow their related passions with more faculty guidance.  Curriculum alignment also has been a priority area for Dr. Fisher, who led the articulation of the core 7-12 curriculum and the development of new interdisciplinary units taught in the 7th and 8th grades.
 
Before joining HCHS, Dr. Fisher spent 15 years as a private school teacher and administrator, including time at Collegiate School and Little Red School House & Elisabeth Irwin High School.  He has earned a reputation across New York City as a superior educator and leader, and as principal he will draw upon his vast networks to champion the challenges and triumphs of public gifted education.
 
We can look forward to Dr. Fisher's leadership expanding to include the development of further engaging interdisciplinary opportunities for faculty and students, as well as the integration of innovative technologies into the curriculum.  Dr. Fisher is also committed to ensuring that HCHS is a healthy place for students, in every sense of the term.  At the same time, he will seek new ways for students to pursue their curricular and co-curricular goals, including maximizing opportunities for rigorous research and study at Hunter College and other institutions across the city.  As trusted partners in the education of your extraordinary children, Dr. Fisher deeply values the voices within our parent community, and will work to enhance communication and outreach to you as principal.  I am confident that our students and faculty will be expertly guided under his leadership.
 
We would like to thank the chair of the HCHS principal search committee, Acting HCCS Director and HCES Principal Randy Collins, along with the committee members who worked diligently to identify and interview exceptional candidates from across the country.  These committee members were: English Chair Lois Refkin, Social Studies Teacher Jana Lucash, English Teacher John Loonam, Science Teacher Brian Park, Foreign Language Teacher Chris Unruh, Hunter College Provost Office Senior Advisor Nicole Vartanian, and parents Ellie Chung Glus, Jennifer Gourary, and Anthony Shorris.
 
Please join me in congratulating Dr. Fisher.  We are privileged to have such a seasoned and talented principal at the helm of the High School.
 
Thank you for your invaluable role within the HCHS community.
 
Jennifer J. Raab
President