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Nashville educator named assistant principal at DHS

A new assistant principal has been named for Danville High School.

Chris Murray, a seven-year educator from the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools, was named on Thursday.

Murray will start July 1. Currently, J.H. Atkins is filling an interim role at the school, as former assistant principal Haley Ralston was named to the position of principal. Ralston’s appointment came after the abrupt departure of Catherine Slack, who moved to another position in the district.

He is currently in his first year as assistant principal at Antioch High School. Prior, Murray taught middle school social studies for one year and high school social studies for five, teaching AP World History in that role.

While as the AP World History teacher, Murray implemented a “blended learning class” in which students were able to access their classwork using various online platforms, and allowing for more discussion in the classroom.

“We could start class running, rather than having to do a lot of background teaching,” he said.

He also served as the assistant football coach, head wrestling coach, leader of the Automotive and Engineering Academy, athletic director, and Advanced Placement coordinator.

Murray’s wife, Mary Beth, is a native of Danville and a graduate of Danville High School.

“I have heard of the great things they do … I’m excited to be a part of the community,” he said, explaining that they had visited the Danville community several times and he was “excited to be a part of it and raise our family in Danville.”

The two are expecting their first child.

“I’m very honored and excited to be joining the Danville community.”

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