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2012 Excellence in Leadership Award Winner

David Pinder, Principal, McKinley Technology High School

David Pinder believes in empowering educators and students, developing high performing professional learning communities, and implementing strategies that drive incredible student achievement gains.

Since beginning his education career in 1999 as a social studies teacher, he has served as principal, assistant principal, department chair, academy leader and AVID coordinator.

Mr. Pinder’s accomplishments as a principal include:

Most importantly, as principal of McKinley Technology High School since 2007, Mr. Pinder has transformed McKinley Technology High School into a positive learning environment that prepares students for success in college and in life.

He has led a team of educators toward impressive gains in student achievement in both reading and math. Under his leadership, McKinley students have advanced more than 30% in math proficiency and 20% in reading proficiency as measured by the DC Comprehensive Assessment System (DC CAS). 

In 2012, the school reached the coveted 90/90 status: 91% of students scored proficient in reading and 92% scored proficient in math; while 90% of McKinley’s students are minority. Recently, the US Department of Education recognized McKinley Tech as a 2012 National Blue Ribbon School—it is the only public high school in the District of Columbia to receive this honor.

Principal Pinder is also the 2012 DCPS Principal of the Year. Watch David Pinder’s tribute video