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Highland High principal may leave district

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    Dana Addis



Highland High School Principal Dana Addis may be leaving the district to become superintendent of his alma mater — Norton City Schools.


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The 1984 graduate was selected by the Norton Board of Education to replace David Dunn, who announced his resignation Oct. 17.

Dunn’s contract expires July 31, after serving the district for 10 years.

Addis was selected from among 40 candidates in a process in which the field was narrowed to six and then two finalists — Addis and Gabe Tudor, principal of Buckeye High School.

“(Norton) is a place that has outstanding schools and, like Highland, wonderful kids and community members who also have pride in their school,” Addis said.

“I’m just excited to stand with them and see what we can do for students and the district.”

Achievements at Highland

Addis, 51, is finishing his sixth year as principal of Highland.

During his tenure, Addis has led several initiatives including the development of a “sister-school” world language travel and exchange program between Highland and high schools in China, Spain and France.

He also worked to increase Advance Placement course offerings and student participation.

The high school saw a 140 percent growth in the number of students and test completions in that program, Addis said.

This year, Addis implemented an academic learning lab period in the high school’s master schedule. The period provides students additional time for math and science labs, study time, a guest lecture series and one-on-one time with teachers.

“This is where I’ve done my greatest learning (and) it’s because of the faculty, administration and most importantly the students and families that reside in this district,” Addis said. “I want to say thank you to the Highland community and the Highland School District.”

Superintendent Catherine Aukerman said in a statement, “We would like to extend our deep appreciation for the strong leadership that Mr. Addis offered during his tenure at Highland High School. He worked to promote and build upon the stellar reputation of our district and students over the past five years and has remained a driving force for many positive changes at Highland High School.

“This professional move is something that Mr. Addis has worked toward for the past several years and we wish him well as he moves into this new leadership role in Norton,” she continued. “We are confident that he will bring the same level of passion and enthusiasm to the Norton City Schools as he did at Highland.”

Sports coaching career

Addis began his teaching and coaching career at Norton High School and Smithville High School in 1990. He then spent 15 years as an English teacher at Copley High School where he also served as head boys basketball coach and yearbook adviser for eight years.

Addis transferred into the athletic department at Copley and served as athletic director for three years. Prior to coming to Highland, he spent one year as assistant principal at Strongsville High School.

“For me to be able to have these experiences at some of top districts in state of Ohio and take them back to my home school, that’s a great honor for me,” he said.

Addis has two undergraduate degrees from Kent State University — telecommunications and education — and earned his Ohio administrative license from Ashland University. He also has a master’s in educational administration from the University of Akron and earned his Ohio superintendent certificate from Kent State.

Addis lives in Wadsworth with his wife, Laura, and three children, Dean, 22; and 18-year-old twins, Hannah and Olivia.

Job opening posted

Highland posted the job opening for high school principal Thursday.

The position calls for a 230-day contract, effective Aug. 1, with salary range of $90,000 to $110,000.

Qualifications include a master’s or higher degree in educational administration and possession of or eligibility for an Ohio principal’s license.

Candidates may submit a completed application, cover letter, resume, administrative license, transcripts and professional references at

The application deadline is March 31.

Finalizing the contract

The Norton board is scheduled to formalize its decision to hire Addis and finalize his contract Monday. His three-year contract would be effective Aug. 1. Addis’ current salary at Highland is about $101,000 and his projected salary was not disclosed. Dunn’s currently salary is $114,890.

The board will meet 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Panther Meeting Room at Norton Middle School, 4108 S. Cleveland Massillon Road.

Contact reporter Halee Heironimus at (330) 721-4012 or

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