Rumsey Hall appoints 10th head of school

Ian Craig

WASHINGTON — The Rumsey Hall School Board of Trustees has voted unanimously to appoint Ian Craig as the 10th head of school. The decision followed a comprehensive search that gathered community-wide input, a Dec. 21 announcement from the school said.

Craig currently serves as interim head of Metairie Park Country Day School, a pre-K through grade 12 day school in Louisiana.

Craig will begin his tenure as head of school at Rumsey Hall on July 1, 2021.

“I am delighted and honored to be the next Head of School at Rumsey Hall.” said Craig. “From the first faculty member with whom I spoke, to the last, the team’s strong attachment to the School is abundantly clear. The spirit of community is palpable.”

“Throughout our search process, Ian clearly and strongly articulated Rumsey Hall’s mission and vision,” said Rumsey Hall Board of Trustees Chair Greg Warner.

Craig has been the head of school at three independent schools, starting with Harding Academy in Nashville, Tenn., where he served for 10 years.

“When the search process began, we hoped to find a leader who would bring substantial outside experience to Rumsey Hall,” said Warner. “We sought a person who would provide strong leadership and mentoring to our faculty and administration, and who would be sure to keep the elements of our culture that make Rumsey a treasured place.”

Warner added, “It was a tall order, but we believe that in Ian we have found someone who checks all those boxes. We look forward to seeing all that he has to offer our outstanding school community.”

Craig, who was born in Montreal, Canada and grew up in Long Island, N.Y., grew up in and around New England boarding schools. His career path has included teaching, coaching, and leading at independent schools.

“It’s evident that while there is a strong desire to hold fast to the traditions and values that have made Rumsey the amazing school that it is today, there is also excitement about leaning into the future and exploring new initiatives toward becoming even stronger,” Craig continued. “I am looking forward to being a part of that process. My family and I can’t wait to immerse ourselves into such a vibrant community, and see firsthand the talented Rumsey students in the arts, academics, athletics, and extracurriculars.”

Rumsey Hall is a coeducational boarding and day school for students in kindergarten through grade 9. The school was founded in 1900 by Lillias Rumsey Sanford of Seneca Falls, N.Y., and moved to the current Washington campus, 201 Romford Road, in 1949.

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