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John Montgomery: Newly-Appointed Hoover HS Principal

November 5, 2018

John Montgomery (HCS) - John Montgomery has been appointed as the new principal of Hoover High School (HHS) effective January 2019.  His appointment became official at the November 5, 2018, Hoover Board of Education meeting. Montgomery will succeed longtime principal Don Hulin, who retires in December.

Montgomery, currently an assistant principal at the school, is a native of Tuscaloosa County. He has served on the HHS administrative team since 2011.  Prior to Hoover City Schools, he worked at Northside High School and Tuscaloosa County High School (both Tuscaloosa County Schools); Pickens County High School (Pickens County Schools); Morgan Academy; Chambers Academy; and Sumter Academy.  His various K12 roles have included classroom teacher; coach; athletic director; and assistant principal.

Now, as he stands prepared to assume the top spot at Alabama’s largest high school (2,950 students, 300+faculty/staff), Montgomery believes communication will be key to his overall success.

“I am very excited about being principal at Hoover High School, Montgomery said. “Hoover has so many great programs for students. I want to be a leader of our programs and help all students reach their potential.”

Montgomery says it was early in his tenure at HHS that he noticed a special culture and climate - one that helps this large school operate as a much smaller campus.  The pride and professionalism among students, faculty, and staff served as motivation for Montgomery when he sought this principalship.

“We have a very professional team.  Everyone here really cares about students and puts their needs first.”

At the special-called Board of Education meeting on November 5, 2018 - where Montgomery’s appointment became official by way of a unanimous board vote - Hoover City Schools Superintendent Dr. Kathy Murphy commended Montgomery for seeking this role.

“We appreciate the things you have already done to support Hoover High School and we are glad that we have chosen you,” Murphy said.

Academics, fine arts, athletics and more have put Hoover High School on the national map.  Montgomery hopes to continue that legacy as he prepares to guide a school that continues to experience growth.

“People look to Hoover High School to be champions in everything we do.  We always communicate to our families the many opportunities available to students starting with academies, Advanced Placement (AP) classes, our International Baccalaureate (IB) Program and the Fine Arts programs,” Montgomery said.

Montgomery, a married father of two, has spent a total of thirty-four years in education.  He credits many mentors and colleagues with helping prepare him for this moment in time, including outgoing principal Don Hulin.

“Mr. Hulin always took time for people; he always put students first - reminding us it was our duty to help them graduate,” Montgomery said. “I want Hoover High School to continue to be a place where students are prepared for their futures - and valued.”