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MPS' longest-serving principal to leave



March 19, 2019

Lisa Ramirez
Public Relations Coordinator
South High School
MINNEAPOLIS – After a career, spanning 34 years in education, Principal Ray Aponte is stepping down from his post at Minneapolis South High School at the end of this school year.
Aponte has been Minneapolis Public Schools’ longest serving principal, starting in 1995 with top leadership posts at Waite Park, Andersen, Jefferson and Northrop and serving the final five of those 24 years as principal at South High School. 
In the preceding 10 years, Aponte was a teacher at MPS Hamilton and Northeast Middle School, before joining the administrative ranks in 1991 as Assistant Principal at Northeast Middle and later Sheridan Global Arts.
Of his years as an educator and administrator, Aponte says,
“I am profoundly grateful for the opportunity to serve the students and families of MPS and particularly to do so as a bilingual educator of color. Brown and black kids need to see themselves in their leaders, if we are determined to see them evolve as leaders. To cap off my MPS career at South High School is like graduating with honors. It is a community of profound support for students and staff, who break the mold when it comes to innovative learning and teaching, high academic achievement and an unwavering commitment to social justice, music and the arts.” 
"Ray is selfless. His passion for our kids is over the top. I'm amazed how well he knows our students—all of them--and has earned their respect!!  As a parent, we couldn't ask for a better advocate or partner to represent us, our kids and South!  He will be missed!! —Alicia Skow, mother of three South High students 
Aponte’s final day on the job will be June 30. 2019.