June 25, 2024
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Annapolis High Principal Wins Award

Lilley Named Maryland High School Principal Of The Year

This fantastic news just came to us from the school district. When you look at where Annapolis High School was just a few years ago and where it is today, this award is really not such a surprise.  Congratulations to Principal Lilley!

Anapolis High School Principal Don Lilley, whose leadership has helped dramatically raise test scores and

Annapolis High School Principal Don Lilley (2nd from right) engages students. (Photo: Courtesy AACPS)

achievement, has been named High School Principal of the Year by the Maryland Association of Secondary School Principals.

Lilley, who has been principal at Annapolis High School since 2004, will now be considered for the National Principal of the Year Award, which is sponsored by the National Association of Secondary School Principals. He is the first Anne Arundel County High School Principal to receive the state award in approximately two decades.

“This is a tremendous honor that is reflective of the incredible group of people with whom I am privileged to work every day,” Lilley said. “This is not about Don Lilley. This is about the people in our building, our parents and students, and our partners outside the school who dedicate themselves to help our children be the best they can be.”

Annapolis High School did not make state Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) targets from 2003 to 2007. Superintendent Kevin M. Maxwell instituted a radical reform approach in 2007 in which all Annapolis employees had to reapply for their jobs. Lilley was retained as principal, and oversaw the creation of a staff and vision that has led the school to meet AYP targets in each of the last two years.

Over the last three years at Annapolis, the percent of students scoring proficient or advanced on the High School Assessments rose 34 percentage points in Algebra and 19 points in English.There have been increases of 46 and 27 points, respectively, for African American students, and 58 and 36 points, respectively, for Hispanic students. In special education, the percent of students scoring proficient or advanced jumped by 59 points in Algebra and 51 points in English.

In addition, the school has worked to foster community and business partnerships that provide resources such as mentoring and internships to students. It has also maintained programs like the Navy Junior ROTC program, voted the best in the nation two years ago.

“Don has given those kids the whole ball of wax,” said Gene Streagle, Executive Director of MASSP. “He has both ends of the student spectrum, and he’s done an incredible job. He lifted from the bottom and pushed everything up.”

Lilley has been in Anne Arundel County Public Schools since 1976. Before becoming principal at Annapolis High School, he served as principal at Annapolis Middle School.

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