Dr. Leisa Justus has been named the new principal of Blackman High School, Director of Schools Don Odom announced Thursday.
Justus comes to Rutherford County from Wilson County Schools, where she serves as the Deputy Director of Academics. She is a 22-year veteran educator, and her career includes a prominent stint as the principal of Houston High School in Germantown, Tenn., from 2008-2013. She served as assistant principal at Germantown High School from 2002-2008.
"Houston High has many similarities with Blackman High with a 2012-2013 student enrollment of 1,788 students," Director Odom said. "According to the Tennessee state report card, under Dr. Justus' direction, Houston High acquired an ACT composite score of 24.3 with 75% of the students deemed ACT Hope Scholarship Eligible (the Tennessee average is 36.2%).
"In 2012, U.S. News ranked Houston High School as the seventh best public high school in Tennessee based upon screenings for state exams, college readiness percentages and performance on Advanced Placement examinations. We believe that Dr. Justus will continue and expand the academic excellence at Blackman High."
Justus has Bachelor of Arts in English and Education from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C. (1979), Master of Science in Leadership and Supervision from the University of Memphis (2001), Educational Specialist from Union University in Germantown (2008) and an Educational Doctorate from Union University in Germantown (2010).
Justus succeeds current principal Gail Vick, who is retiring at the end of the school year after a highly successful career.