Ligia Noriega-Murphy has been announced as the new headmaster of English High School, starting next school year. She will be the first woman leader of the oldest high school in America.
Noriega-Murphy is the current assistant academic superintendent for high schools at Boston Public Schools (BPS) and the former headmaster of Excel High School in South Boston.
Current Headmaster Sito Narcisse is leaving English, located on McBride Street, because he was offered a leadership position in a school district in Maryland. He will remain at English until the end of the current school year.
Noriega-Murphy, meanwhile, “has already been [to English] to see what’s working and what’s not, to develop a plan for the next school year,” BPS spokesperson Matthew Wilder told the Gazette last week.
“For our students to be successful, it’s vital that I’m able to immediately connect with the teachers and staff at the school to determine how their daily efforts can be best supported,” Noriega-Murphy said in a press release. “I’m committed to helping all the students of English High School reach their full potential and I can’t wait to get started.”