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Desert Mountain AP Moves Up to Principal’s Post

The Scottsdale Unified School District’s Governing Board has appointed Desert Mountain High School Assistant Principal John Andrews to be the school’s next principal, beginning July 1. The vote was taken at the Board’s April 9 regular monthly meeting.

Andrews has been a staple in the Wolves community since 2019, serving as one of Dr. Lisa Hirsch’s assistant principals. Now, he is her successor. Hirsch has announced her retirement at the end of the current school year, after seven years leading the school.

Andrews, in fact, began his SUSD career at Desert Mountain in 2008, when he served as the guidance counselor for the school’s International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. Five years later, Andrews was named an assistant principal at SUSD’s Arcadia High School. He served in that capacity until 2018, when he departed for a year to lead the Menta Group in Mesa, a school for emotionally disabled special education students.

He returned to his Desert Mountain roots five years ago as Assistant Principal. “I immediately knew I was home when I stepped foot for the first time on Desert Mountain’s campus for my interview in the spring of 2008,” shared Andrews. “The warm and welcoming environment of the school, combined with its excellence in academics, arts and athletics, is the perfect place for students, and for me.”

Andrews received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Management from Texas A&M University, a Master of Education degree in Counseling from University of North Texas and a Master of Education in educational Administration and Supervision from ASU. He began his career in education in 2000 in Cincinnati, Ohio, mentoring at-risk secondary school students who had been expelled from the public school system there.

“I am excited to continue the tradition of excellence Desert Mountain has established in its almost 30 years in existence,” said Andrews. “Our caring faculty and staff help students succeed. One of the many aspects I love about our school is how students can springboard to their dreams from here.”

Desert Mountain High School, located at 12575 E. Via Linda in Scottsdale, is part of SUSD’s Desert Mountain Learning Community.

To select Desert Mountain’s next leader, SUSD used a collaborative process over several weeks that involved the school’s parent, teacher and staff communities.