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By SMMUSD Official
Press Release 

Ohioan Named as New Principal for SamoHI

SMMUSD Picks a principal from Mason Ohio, wherever that is, Instead of promoting from within


August 13, 2016

Antonio Shelton replaces Eva Mayoral who left the district in July to be with family out of state.

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education approved the appointment of Antonio M. Shelton, Ed.D., as the new principal of santa monica high school at the August 10, 2016 regular meeting.

Dr. Shelton comes to SMMUSD from Indian Hill High School in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he served as principal since 2011. Indian Hill High School is ranked in the Top 100 schools in America by Newsweek and has earned a gold star ranking by US News and World Report. However, it is much less diverse than SamoHi. Reportedly, Indian Hill High is 92% white.

Prior to this position he served as assistant principal for curriculum and instruction at William Mason High School in Mason, Ohio from 2009 to 2011. He served as assistant principal at Sycamore High School in Cincinnati from 2004 to 2009.

Dr. Shelton began his teaching career in 1998 teaching honors United States and world history along with government and African American history.

"I am excited about this new and amazing opportunity to lead Samohi," Dr. Shelton said. "It is my hope to entrench myself into the school community and get to know the many students, faculty and parents. I am looking forward to continuing the academic success and collaborative spirit that Samohi has experienced."

Dr. Shelton holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from Hampton University; a Master of Arts in social studies with an emphasis in social studies, psychology, political science and sociology from Ohio State University; a Masters of Art in educational administration from the University of Cincinnati and a received a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Kentucky.

Dr. Shelton replaces Eva Mayoral who left the district in July to be with family out of state. Mayoral had come up through the ranks at SMMUSD. This time the school board opted for an outsider to lead its largest school.

Shelton’s $250,000 salary at SamoHi, will exceed the value of the house he owned in Ohio. Which is why the SMMUSD plans to buy him a house.

"Dr. Shelton will be a valuable addition to our district leadership team," Interim Deputy Superintendent Dr. Mark Kelly said. "I would like to congratulate him on his new position and welcome him to SMMUSD."


Reader Comments

sbon writes:

Our loss is your gain and we are so saddened to be losing Dr. Shelton. I am SURE he will do great things for your very large, diverse school district. Our kids thoroughly enjoy him! By the way, Mason, Ohio is a suburb in Cincinnati, Ohio... a great city to raise a family. Maybe you should check out Cincinnati sometime and see how friendly we are out here... We enjoy visiting your area and taking in your lovely beaches and your chaos. ...A Saddened Mom of one Indian Hill graduate under Dr. Shelton, and a current Indian Hill Freshman and Junior


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