Charles Blanchard named new principal of Grimsley High School

The Guilford County Board of Education named Charles Blanchard as the new principal at Grimsley High School during its Tuesday meeting.

The Guilford County Board of Education named Charles Blanchard as the new principal at Grimsley High School during its Tuesday meeting.

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Guilford County Board of Education named Charles Blanchard as the new principal at Grimsley High School during its Tuesday meeting.

Blanchard is currently the principal of James B. Hunt High School in Wilson, N.C., but has a long history with Guilford County Schools.

Officials with Guilford County Schools said Blanchard previously served as principal of Southeast Guilford High School for four years and as principal of The Early College at Guilford for three years.

Before coming to GCS in 2006, Blanchard was principal of Fuquay-Varina Middle School and assistant principal at Garner Senior High, both in Wake County.

He has a bachelor’s degree in exercise and sports science and a master’s degree in educational administration, both from East Carolina University.

The following is a list of Blanchard’s accomplishments, which was provided by Guilford County Schools in a prepared statement:

“While leading Southeast High, Blanchard’s accomplishments included: 

  • Increasing the performance composite from 66.8% to 84.4%.
  • Increasing the graduation rate from 89.9% to 96.7%.
  • Achieving high growth status for three consecutive years.
  • Selection as a Guilford County Schools Principal of the Year Finalist (September 2010).
  • Selection as Guilford County Schools Employee of the Month (July 2010).
  • Serving on the Superintendent’s Principal Advisory Council. 

Some of Blanchard’s accomplishments at The Early College at Guilford included: 

  • Achieving Honor School of Excellence status.
  • Ranking as the 17th best high school by US News and World Report (2008).
  • Selection as Guilford County Schools PTSA Secondary Educator of the Year (2008-09).
  • Achieving second-highest SAT scores in North Carolina (2006-07).
  • Selection as one of the most improved schools in Guilford County (2006-07).
  • Serving on the Superintendent’s Principal Advisory Council.” 

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