The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) Board of Education approved the appointment of Antonio M. Shelton, Ed.D., as the new principal of Santa Monica High School at the August 10 regular meeting, the District announced Wednesday.
“Dr. Shelton comes to SMMUSD from Indian Hill High School in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he served as principal since 2011,” according to SMMUSD.
Indian Hill High School is ranked in the Top 100 schools in America by Newsweek and has earned a gold star ranking by US News and World Report, they said.
Dr. Shelton is “known as a dynamic educational leader who demonstrates care and compassion for others while creating a collaborative learning environment where students and staff members may reach their full potential,” the District added.
“I am excited about this new and amazing opportunity to lead Samohi,” Dr. Shelton said. “It is my hope to entrench myself into the school community and get to know the many students, faculty and parents. I am looking forward to continuing the academic success and collaborative spirit that Samohi has experienced.”
Dr. Shelton holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from Hampton University; a Master of Arts in social studies with an emphasis in social studies, psychology, political science and sociology from Ohio State University; a Masters of Art in educational administration from the University of Cincinnati and a received a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Kentucky.
“Dr. Shelton will be a valuable addition to our district leadership team,” Interim Deputy Superintendent Dr. Mark Kelly said. “I would like to congratulate him on his new position and welcome him to SMMUSD.”
Dr. Shelton replaces Eva Mayoral who left the district in July to be with family out of state.