Kent Denver School Names Dr. Randal R. Harrington Head of School

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Harrington Will Succeed Todd R.W. Horn, Ed.D.

Kent Denver School, a private college preparatory school for grades 6 through 12, is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Randal R. Harrington as Head of School, effective July 1, 2014. Harrington, currently the Assistant Head of School at The Blake School, will succeed Todd R.W. Horn, Ed.D., when he retires in June after 17 years of service.

Dr. Harrington has been at Blake — a leading independent college preparatory school serving 1,365 students in grades pre-K through 12 in the Minneapolis metropolitan area — since 2003. He previously served as a Physics Teacher, Chair of the Science Department, and Curriculum Coordinator.

Dr. Harrington earned a Ph.D. and an M.S. in physics, with a focus on education, from the University of Washington. He also holds a B.S. in physics from the University of Washington and a B.S. in environmental science from Western Washington University.

“My wife Kris and I are elated by the opportunity to join the Kent Denver community starting next summer,” Dr. Harrington said. “Kent Denver School has a well-deserved reputation as one of the top schools in the country with an extraordinary commitment to strong academics and character development. In addition, the school has an authentic commitment to service and enjoys a national reputation for its partnership with Denver Public Schools through Breakthrough Kent Denver. Much of this success is a testament to the leadership of Todd Horn, who is well respected in the independent school world for his work with other school leaders and his principled approach to school leadership. The school’s exceptionally strong teachers, the newly completed Duncan Center, and the commitment to stay at the forefront of great teaching and learning were all factors in our decision to join the community. We look forward to connecting with all in the Denver area who share our commitment to education.”

Dr. Horn has served as Head of School at Kent Denver since 1997. During his tenure, the school has seen a 346% growth in endowment, a 200% increase in annual fund, a 15% bump in enrollment, and a 120% increase in student diversity. In addition, Dr. Horn has overseen several major construction projects, including a science and technology center, a student center for the arts, a LEED Platinum dining hall, two artificial turf fields, and a track. He also developed and implemented Kent Denver’s five core values (Integrity, Respect, Personal Growth, Community, and Wisdom) and annual Ethics Day program.

“I am thrilled with the appointment of Dr. Harrington,” Dr. Horn said. “The combination of his intellect, heart, and character make him an extraordinary leader, and he is a perfect match for Kent Denver School.”

Kent Denver School is an independent day school serving 685 students in grades 6 through 12. Kent Denver’s forward-looking liberal arts program inspires students to think critically and creatively, to write and speak persuasively, and to deepen their understanding of the world around them. All members of the Kent Denver community—students, faculty, staff, parents, and administrators—embrace the school’s core values: Integrity, Respect, Personal Growth, Community, and Wisdom.

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