Hi All

It gives me great pleasure to announce the appointment of Mr. John Murphy as the new principal of Walt Whitman High School. Mr. Murphy progressed through an inclusive search of over 70 applicants, as well as numerous rounds of screenings, committee meetings, writing samples, interviews, and reference checks. We are genuinely excited to have Mr. Murphy join our South Huntington family, and thank all of the staff members, students, and parents who provided input throughout the process. The collaborative approach that characterizes our South Huntington district was on full display during this important search, and we all look forward to great things in the years to come.


Mr. Murphy comes to us from the Brentwood School District, where he served as the assistant principal in charge of a building center that includes over 2000 students in grades 10-12. Mr. Murphy, who holds graduate degrees from Stony Brook University, and is currently working towards his Doctorate at St. John's, has a strong reputation as an instructional leader and community-focused administrator. Mr. Murphy's tenure at Brentwood High School brought an increase in academic performance at all levels and an emphasis on scholastic, social, and co-curricular success.


After accepting the principalship, Mr. Murphy expressed gratitude for the opportunity and pledged the totality of his efforts to the position. He communicated a genuine desire to immerse himself in our learning community and become an active part of the Walt Whitman family. To this end, Mr. Murphy, who officially assumes his new role in early August, will spend the next several weeks communicating with students, parents, teachers, and staff alike. He plans to tour our numerous summer activities, while arranging both formal and informal meetings with representatives of our various constituent groups. Additionally, Mr. Murphy will be working closely with Ms. Acker over these next several weeks to ensure a seamless transition and smooth September opening.


Mr. Murphy will be reaching out to the members of our learning community over the next several days and sharing his new email and phone numbers as they become available. Please take a moment to get to know this newest member of our South Huntington team.


Be well,


Dave Bennardo



Mr. John Murphy