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Chris Hughes has been principal of the Upper School for ten years. He has had two of his own children graduate from SPA and at the end of the 2017-18 school year, Hughes will move back to the East Coast to become the Head of School at Garrison Forest School in Maryland.

“I came here [to SPA] from an all girls boarding and day school and that’s what I’m going back to, so there is a lot that is familiar about it and I really appreciate that. It’s a new opportunity to engage with a new community and take what I’ve learned about how schools unite and put that into place,” Hughes said.

Hughes has facilitated a number of changes to the SPA community, including the shift to the block schedule, the building of the Huss Center for the Performing Arts, and the quick-paced construction of the Schilling Center.

It’s a new opportunity to engage with a new community and take what I’ve learned about how schools unite and put that into place.”

— US Principal Chris Hughes

“Working with the people has always been my favorite part of working at SPA. I was welcomed in from day one and we’ve had a lot of turnover since then. At this point I’ve hired most of the faculty, but the energy coming out of the adults has been a lot and we’ve asked them to do a lot and change a lot,” Hughes said.

Hughes has made a lasting impact on the SPA community, not only as principal, but also as an educator. Hughes taught three senior history electives; Ethics, Global Issues, and Israel and Palestine, which he designed himself.

Hughes said there are many things he will miss about SPA, but mostly, he will miss the students.

“Even though I am going to a different school and they will have performances, I will miss POPs and the drama performances. I will also miss senior speeches. I’ve loved working with the students and going on retreats. I’ve loved teaching my classes and the connections I’ve made there,” Hughes said.

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