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Welcome, Principal Runsewe!

Principal Runsewe

Dear South High Community,

After a year of change and uncertainty in our school community, we are thrilled that Mr. Afolabi Runsewe has agreed to serve as the next principal of South High! We are excited to share a bit more about why we believe Mr. Runsewe will be a great fit for our school.

First, those of us who got to know Mr. Runsewe during the interview process were impressed by his passion for South Minneapolis and the many strengths he brings to this role: experience as head of school in a variety of settings, experience leading equity and inclusion work, commitment to Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and Restorative Justice, and experience working with native cultures and the many, diverse cultures that make up our rich South High community.

Second, we found Mr. Runsewe to be a thoughtful, curious, confident leader, who respects South's legacy of academic achievement, arts and culture, and social justice. In each interaction, he brought genuine interest, insightful questions, and cultural humility to the conversation. 

For all these reasons and more, we're optimistic about the coming school year and all the years ahead. Please join us in welcoming Afolabi Runsewe as our next Principal at South High!

2021-2022 SHS Site Council & Principal Search Interview Team

Mato Thompson, Esli Martinez Gonzalez, Kassie Benjamin-Ficken, Joe Rice, Wes Nemenz, Angelica Torralba-Olague, Naihomi Reyes, Becky Wood, Darrell Washington, Sarah Yang, Michael Duenes, Emma Mogendorff, Marcus Aponte, Abby Gaul, Randy Hedlund, Mary Manor, Anita Newhouse, Cheryl Persigehl, Michael Luseni