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HOS Search 2018-2019

Urban School is delighted to announce that Dan Miller will become our next Head of School, effective July 1, 2019.

Dan Miller was selected from an international pool of diverse and talented candidates after a thorough search process that engaged students, parents/guardians, alumni, faculty, staff and trustees. The Urban community was uniformly impressed with Dan’s deep educational experience, his engagement as a learner, his warmth and humility, and, most importantly, his alignment with Urban’s mission and core values.

According to Dan, “I have long appreciated Urban from afar for its fearlessness, creativity and history of innovation. I am not embarrassed to admit that I’ve followed its website and publications, just for the pleasure of seeing how this progressive high school, under Mark Salkind’s visionary leadership, has approached its work. Having now spent time on campus, it’s clear that what impresses from a distance is compelling in person. I am thrilled and honored by this opportunity.”

Dan will spend the 2018-19 school year as interim head of Crystal Springs Uplands School in Hillsborough. We look forward to celebrating and honoring Mark throughout next year for his many decades at Urban.

To read the complete announcement about Dan's appointment, please click here.

Head of School Mark Salkind (’70) retires effective June 30, 2019

Upon retirement, Mark will have served a total of 32 years at the helm of Urban, having first been named Head for the 1986-87 school year. Prior to that, Mark worked in several capacities at Urban, including Director of the Urban Arts Program, history/English teacher and Director of Development.

As we move closer to his retirement date, we will look forward to celebrating all that Mark has brought to our community. We hope that each of you will have an opportunity to thank him in some way for everything he has done for students – both current and alumni – and for our extended community, both past and present. Please see Urban news bulletins, calendar and social media for planned events during the 2018-19 school year.

Our Search Committee is composed of alumni, current and former parents/guardians, board members and faculty. Please see the committee at right.

All announcements regarding the search process and Search Committee activities can be found on this page. Please check back for information.

HOS Search Process Information


Shannon Cogen (Jack '18 & Tess '21)
Scott Sklar (Emily '16)

Committee Members
Steven Dinkelspiel (’74) (Emma ’07 & Eli ’14)
John Hayashi (Lizzy ’20)
Eve Niquette (Geneva '16, Charlotte ’17 & Sophira ’21)
Misha Olivas (’94) (Mookie ’19)
Mark Wehrly (Alaina ’20)
Cathleen Sheehan (Faculty)
Matthew Casey (Faculty)
Clarke Weatherspoon (Faculty)


Resource Group 175
> Go here to learn more

Urban's Search Consultants
> Coreen Hester
> Clay Stites


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